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Wetang’ula calls for a halt to maize importation

FORD  Kenya  Party  Leader, Moses  Wetang’ula  on Friday called on the government to put a halt to its decision to import maize to plug an  alleged deficit, saying that there was enough in the country.

Wetang’ula  said that a recent announcement that importers will be allowed a two month window to bring in maize was part of a scheme by  profiteering  cartels to enrich themselves at the expense of the Kenyan farmer.

He  was  speaking  at  a  Siaya Hotel where he met local Ford Kenya officials, led by the County Chairman, Andrew  Aduda.

The  FORD Kenya boss said that the country still had enough maize in the National Cereals and Produce Board stores, adding that within the  two month period that the government wants traders to bring in the commodity, farmers will have harvested the current crop in the farms.

“Rains  have been good and the crop is healthy. Where will farmers sell their crops?” posed the Bungoma Senator.

He urged the government to put the interest of its citizens ahead of that of the cartels and stop the importation.

“The  idea of profiteering cartels whose mode of operation is greed should stop. The Jubilee government, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta  must re-think the issue,” he said, adding that he co-chaired a senate committee that looked into the issue and concluded that there  was enough maize.

Wetang’ula  said that by the time the committee concluded its task two months ago, there was enough maize in the country hence no need  of  importation.

On  politics, the  Senator accused the Building Bridges Initiative team of taking too long to come up with a blue print on the path the country should follow to avoid perennial conflict during the electioneering periods and after.

He  said  it  was disheartening that money was not set aside for referendum activities in the 2019/2020 budget.

This, he  said, casted a dark cloud on the possibility that the process will be taken ahead of the next general elections.

Wetang’ula  called on the government to ensure that the referendum takes place next year.

By  Philip  Onyango

 

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