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COFEK tells Kenyans to oppose lifting ban on GMOs

14 August 2015, 18:59 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - The Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) has asked Kenyans to support its campaign against the government intended move to lift a ban on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

Deputy President William Ruto announced on Wednesday that the ban which was imposed in 2012, by the then Public Health and Sanitation Minister Beth Mugo would soon be lifted to create an enabling environment for the growth of the biotechnology innovations and industry in Kenya.

In its objection, Cofek says that Kenyans will not accept lifting of the ban without conclusively addressing the issues which necessitated it in the first place.

“GMOs are a health issue. We urge all consumers, in Kenya, and across the world to support our campaign under the hash tag #StopGMOsKenya.

“As a start, we will write to all Cabinet Secretaries and President Uhuru Kenyatta, to petition them against lifting the ban to satisfy the narrow interests of a few greedy Kenyans who have no regard for "Wanjiku",” Cofek Secretary General Stephen Mutoro said in a statement.

According to the federation, senior government officers have been compromised, by global pro-GMO’s companies and foundations, to accept the new and unpalatable position to lift the ban.

“The conference by the National Biosafety Conference has been funded by the same forces.

“We therefore urge the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate these officers and board members of the National Biosafety Authority from the credible leads we already have,” Mutoro said.

He said GMOs have severally been linked to toxicity, sterility and infant mortality, with Scotland being the latest country to impose a ban on the products.

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