Ethiopia entry into Somalia miraa market rouses worry

Agriculture CS Peter Munya (third left) and EALA MP Mpuru Aburi (fourth left) share miraa with other leaders in Maili Tatu Stadium in Meru County on September 27, 2020. 

Photo credit: Charles Wanyoro | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • According to Somali media reports, the Ethiopian national carrier on Saturday delivered the first consignment of miraa, also known as khat, to the Aden Adde International Airport.
  • Maua Miraa Traders chairman Mohamed Quresh said the Somali government also gave a three-day notice to Kenyan traders who have been sneaking khat through Mandera, to end the business.

The reported entry of Ethiopia into the Somalia miraa business has left traders in Kenya anxious about losing the lucrative market to their northern neighbours for good.


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