Maize scandal season 2: Martha Karua raises alarm over a second unkown shipment

The former Minister of Constitutional Affairs, Martha Karua, has raised a red flag regarding the reported arrival of a cargo of 10,000 tonnes of maize from an unknown origin, citing the incident as a clear sign of the coming scandal.

Karua, whose bid to become the country’s vice president failed after his coalition failed in the August 9 presidential election, was responding to a Business Daily (BD) report.

BD published an article on Tuesday quoting a manifesto that it saw from the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) that the cargo expected at the port of Mombasa was on the African ship Merlin.

The leader of the Narc Kenya party has said that the importation will include the scandal of large quantities of maize which was previously witnessed under the coalition government of 2008-2012 in which he served.

Martha Karua

Describing the action as unusual, Karua said the importation of goods outside the legal system through the notice of the Government Gazette will deprive local farmers who expect a harvest within several months.

Karua also protested the decision of President William Ruto’s administration to allow the importation of genetically modified foods (GMO), especially maize, into the country after a decade-long ban as “illegal”.

He claimed that Ruto did not have the authority to pass the approval during the transition period when he headed the cabinet formed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Karua is of the opinion that after the swearing in of the new head of state, the outgoing cabinet is automatically dissolved.

“Once the president is sworn in after the election, the reign of the incumbent ends and the cabinet that was in power is automatically dissolved. Cabinet meetings with Uhuru’s cabinet after he was sworn in have been cancelled. The GMO decision is no more than a street statement and therefore not valid.

Karua claimed that the ongoing crisis in the maize sector is being propagated by commercial organizations to make a quick killing at the expense of the Kenyan farmer.

“Corn, Corn, Corn. A source of daily meals for many Kenyans. For wheeler dealers, a quick way to get rich, they are often unnecessarily imported at the expense of the local farmer,” Karua added.

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