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Miraa farmers lose bid to stop UK ban

05 May 2014, 13:12 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Miraa farmers will have to look for an alternative market for their produce after losing a case they had filed in Britain to stop the country from banning the importation of the commodity.

The Nyambene Miraa Trade Association(NYAMITA) spokesperson, Kimathi Munjuri confirmed that the lawyer representing miraa farmers in the UK informed him that they lost the first case hence proceeding for appeal to the European Court Appeal.

"Following the proceedings of our filed case in UK, we have to look for African markets for our miraa because we have already lost the first case against Britain's move to ban exportation of the product," said Munjuri.

"We are now left with the Somalia market for our miraa and target to invest in Maputo and Lilongwe markets which are yet to catch up fully," he added.

However, Munjuri was worried in the manner the case is proceeding without being informed by there Meru political leaders who are mandated to fight for the farmers.

"The Njuri Njeke council of elders mobilized miraa farmers to contribute money towards the UK case and assigned our political leaders to take judge in the proceedings but they have left us in darkness," noted Munjuri.

"London case is collapsing due to lack of money yet we are not told how it is being used," he added.

Munjuri speculated that their leaders might be squandering the farmers' funds since they are touring Britain regularly but give no feedback of the case's proceedings.

He also accused President Kenyatta of not seeking for resolution on UK's miraa ban when he attended the recent London marathon.

Britain's House of Commons passed the motion to ban miraa importation from Kenya in 2013 on claims that the consumption was contributing to social problems such as laziness and misbehavior by consumers.

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