Raila and his camp to fight reintroduction of GMOs

Raila Odinga says the reintroduction of GMOs is a cruel excuse that violates Kenyans' rights and jeopardizes national interests at the expense of foreign commercial interests. Raila also adds that Kenyans suffering from drought and famine require immediate assistance, not optics, politics, or blame games.

Raila and his camp to fight reintroduction of GMOs
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Raila Odinga has started showing off his stance in opposition by publicly denying the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to alleviate Kenya's ongoing drought. Earlier this month, president Ruto had said that they are exploring GMOs as the possible option to counter food shortage and drought in the country.

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Raila gave his stance on Tuesday in a statement saying that GMOs are not the only option to cure the current Kenya’s hunger state in a move to counter the ongoing drought and food shortage, and vowed to fight them in court and in farms across the country.

"We demand that Ruto's administration explains to Kenyans the rationale behind the rush to reverse the 2012 the directive that stopped the importation and open cultivation of GO's due to concerns of the health risks of GMO foods and insufficient studies on their effects on small-scale farmers and the local food markets," the statement signed by Raila himself reads in part.

He urged the citizens to reject the “attempt to compromise their health, economy, and environment,” and assured them that his camp will fight GMOs in court and on farms across the country.

"We believe that introducing them into Kenya in the current state of international uncertainty is to use Kenyans as guinea pigs, which we shall not allow. Even the poor and the hungry ought to have their rights and dignity protected," Raila said. 

"As we await the court verdict, we strongly urge Kenyans to reject this attempt by the Ruto administration to compromise our health, economy and environment at the altar of commerce," he added. 

Raila maintains that reintroduction of GMOs is a cruel excuse that violates Kenyans' rights and jeopardizes national interests at the expense of foreign commercial interests. He questioned the ban lift maintaining that even advanced economies in terms of science technology such as France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Hungary, and the Netherlands.

"They (GMOs) are banned in many scientifically advanced economies like France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Poland, Denmark, Malta, Slovenia, Italy, and Croatia. Why Kenya?" Raila added.