Archbishop Anthony Muheria has weighed in on the recent remarks by Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria regarding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) foods.
Addressing the press on Monday, November 21, Archbishop Muheria said that it was disrespectful for CS Kuria to joke about life and death.
Muheria noted that the GMO debate deserves a deep conversation and respective strategic engagement with all stakeholders.
"We would wish to address the comments made by Moses Kuria regarding GMOs. It was disgraceful and disrespectful to Kenyans to joke about life and death and even if it is an issue that could be taken as a joke it would be wrong to bring about statements whereby we trivialize death, suffering, and insecurity.
"Irrespective of the matter in consideration, we feel that Kenyans deserve respect and not spite, and in this matter, they deserve an apology. It's not good to joke about death or gamble with the life of Kenyans. When we speak about GMOs, it's a matter that deserves a deep conversation," Muheria stated.
Kuria, in a recent public forum, seemed to confirm that GMOs can actually kill before announcing that State would allow duty free imports of GMO and non-GMO Maize for the next 6 months
"We have so many things that can kill us in the country. Being in this country, you are a candidate for death.
"And because so many things compete for death, there is nothing wrong with adding GMOs to that list. That is why we have deliberately allowed GMO until we are satisfied that we have enough maize, the staple food," Kuria stated.