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Azimio questions Ruto’s decision to use Uhuru’s Outgoing cabinet to lift the ban on GMO

Azimio questions Ruto’s decision to use Uhuru’s Outgoing cabinet to lift the ban on GMOs instead of waiting for the new Cabinet.

Azimio coalition has faulted President Ruto’s lifting of the 10-year-long ban on the cultivation and exportation of GMO crops.

The MPs; Senators Godfrey Osotsi (Vihiga), Dan Maanzo (Makueni) and Edwin Sifuna (Nairobi) led by Azimio Majority leader-designate in the National Assembly Opiyo Wandayi said the decision is weighty and serious public participation was required.

They indicated that all GMO crops will be allowed to be cultivated and seeds imported arguing that the health concerns raised about GMO foods have not been addressed.

In addition, the lawmakers also questioned Ruto’s decision to use the outgoing Cabinet to make such a serious decision, instead of waiting for the new Cabinet.

“This is a very weighty and contentious matter. Kenyans needed to be told and understand what informed the decision of the Cabinet. It needed more transparency from the Cabinet,” Wandayi said.

“What has changed since 2012 that made the Cabinet change the decision made then?”

The remarks by Azimio lawmakers come after Ruto in a cabinet decision lifted the decade-long ban on GMOs in the government’s fresh move to make the country’s food secure.

In lifting the ban the government said it was acting in conformity with the recommendation of the Task Force to Review Matters Relating to Genetically Modified Foods and Food Safety.

It said the decision followed the guidelines of the National Biosafety Authority on all applicable international treaties, including the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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