Raila ordered to speak on GM maize allegation - Daily Nation

Raila ordered to speak on GM maize allegation

Tuesday August 2 2011

Maize shipped in at the port of Mombasa. Mr Marende’s ruling followed claims by Naivasha MP John Mututho that genetically modified maize was being distributed in famine-hit areas.

Photo/FILE Maize shipped in at the port of Mombasa. Mr Marende’s ruling followed claims by Naivasha MP John Mututho that genetically modified maize was being distributed in famine-hit areas. 

By NATION REPORTER

Speaker Kenneth Marende has directed that Prime Minister Raila Odinga discuss the alleged presence of genetically modified food in the country when he makes his weekly address in Parliament on Wednesday.

Mr Marende’s ruling followed claims by Naivasha MP John Mututho that genetically modified maize was being distributed in famine-hit areas.

Mr Mututho, who chairs the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, said the GM maize is in Kinangop, Wajir, Mandera and Laikipa.

He has evidence

He claimed a week and a half ago that he has evidence from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service showing that vessels that brought food to Kenya tested positive for GMOs.

Mr Mututho had promised to substantiate his claims by tabling the relevant documents last Tuesday, but did not.

Ministers Sally Kosgei (Agriculture) and Hellen Sambili (Higher Education) also failed to make a statement to the House last Thursday as scheduled.

Mr Mututho raised the red flag about the delayed statements yesterday and said: “I am ready to demonstrate that GMOs are being sold and the delay to reply is so that the maize is offloaded.”