Covid-19: Court halts maize import plan after Omtatah sues

Thomas Kiptum Gorgoren, a maize farmer in Uasin Gishu County, as pictured on March 11, 2020. He wants the government not to import maize until local farmers exhaust their stock. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Justice Pauline Nyamweya issued the directive in a case challenging the National Treasury's decision to allow private millers to import dry maize now deemed as substandard and poisonous.
  • Activist Okiya Omtatah challenged the decision announced in a Gazette notice, arguing it authorised the importation of dry maize which does not meet the East African Community's standards.
  • Since heavy rains and flooding in various parts of the country have destroyed crops, the quarterly food security outlook shows that at least 17 counties could suffer shortages between February and May.

The High Court has suspended the government’s plan to import four million bags of maize to avert a possible food crisis in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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