• Kuria said that the government has allowed importation of GMO and non-GMO maize into the country for six months.
• A statement by President William Ruto said the move was after considering experts and technical reports on the adoption of biotechnology.
Investment, Trade and Industry CS Moses Kuria has once again been on the spotlight after controversially admitting that GMO crops can also lead to death.
Speaking on Thursday, Kuria said there is nothing wrong adding GMO foods on the menu as Kenyans live in country where they compete with death daily.
"Being in this country you are a candidate for death and because there are many things competing for death in this country, there is nothing wrong with adding GMOs to that list," Kuria said.
"That is why we have deliberately decided to allow GMOs in this country until we are satisfied that we have enough maize in this country."
His sentiments has sparked mixed reactions among social media users.
Some said that the CS could have addressed the Genetically Modified Organisms topic better because it is a serious matter.
Kuria said that the government has allowed importation of GMO and non-GMO maize into the country for six months.
"In view of the food situation in the country, I shall be signing instruments to allow duty free imports of GMO and non-GMO Maize for the next 6 months," Kuria said.
This comes amidst confusion among Kenyans as to whether it was wise for the government to lift the ban on GMO.
In October, the government opened the gates for the importation and use of GMOs.
A statement by President William Ruto said the move was after considering many factors, including experts and technical reports on the adoption of biotechnology.
"So many things are competing for death (in this country), there's nothing wrong with adding GMOs to that list... we'll do this even if we'll lose some votes here and there"— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) November 18, 2022
Moses Kuria remarks as he announced the state will allow the import of duty-free GMO maize, on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/PMatHHxNPX