Former Constitutional Affairs Minister Martha Karua has raised the red flag over the reported arrival of a 10,000-tonne maize consignment, from an undisclosed origin.
Karua was reacting to a news article published by the Business Daily (BD) newspaper.
The report published on 22 November, 2022, cited a manifest it had seen from the Kenya Ports Authority that a consignment expected at the Mombasa port was onboard an African Merlin vessel.
Terming the move irregular, Karua said the imports outside the framework of a legal instrument will disenfranchise local farmers.
Karua also contested a move by President William Ruto’s administration to allow the importation of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods, mainly maize, into the country after a ten-year ban as ‘illegal’.
She argued Ruto lacked the mandate to push through such an approval during the transition period when he chaired a Cabinet consisting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s appointees.
Karua opines that upon inauguration of a new Head of State the outgoing Cabinet automatically stood dissolved.