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Kenyans have 99 problems and GMO maize isn’t one

Kenyans are currently rocked with myriad problems with the possibility that they’ve become friends, however, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) maize isn’t one.

President William Ruto must’ve a tight relationship with maize because whenever he’s in government [whatever that means] there must be a scandal associating him with maize.

The first maize scandal season 1 in 2009 when Ruto was the Minister of Agriculture in the half-a-bread government. For those with a complicated relationship with memory, Ruto was accused of destabilizing the National Cereals and Produce Board by irregularly selling maize to “funny millers.” He was later transferred to the Ministry of Higher Education.

Double speaks

In the same nusu mkate government, Raila Odinga, then the Prime Minister, supported the importation of GMOs in 2011, telling Kenyans to embrace science, emphasizing that the United States and the United Kingdom have embraced the same, and so should we. He was in the government.

Today, Raila is saying GMOs are bad for human consumption because – wait for it – technologically advanced U.S. and U.K. have not approved them for consumption.

Raila is the master of double speaks.  He cites U.S. and U.K. when it’s convenient for him, but contesting for president 5 times, and nominating his relatives, and friends to parliament and State jobs is where he draws the line. And he doesn’t believe in our scientists! if the U.S. and U.K. say it’s good, Kenyans have no otherwise but to declare the same as white as cotton.

President Ruto also suffers double-speak infection. During the campaigns, he said the 50 billion Hustlers Fund will attract no interest. Right now, the red-tape bureaucracy is more expensive than the interest the loan will attract. Hustlers are still waiting for Google Chrome for the meaning of betrayal for they can’t trust what they’re hearing.

When Ruto was voted as president, and Azimio supporters were humbled by the Supreme Court’s unanimous verdict upholding the son of Sugoi’s victory,  Kenyans had hoped he wouldn’t be a tourist president like Uhuru Kenyatta. Rather, he would cut the costs of those expensive trips since they found the Treasury empty. So far, however, the number of trips Ruto has made outside Kenya has surpassed the number of times Oscar Sudi has talked in the National Assembly since 2012. And since President Ruto is a breaker of records, he may set a new record for having been the Kenyan president with many visits outside Kenya.  

Nairobbery

Kenyans can’t face their problems in peace. As if the prices of maize flour competing with fuel are not enough pain in their pockets, Nairobi has rightfully earned its Nairobbery nickname. As a matter of advice, when you land in the Capital, scream that you’ve been robbed already so that the actual robbers may not rob you, because they’ll think you’ve actually been robbed already.

And with Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithuke Kindiki’s voice tiny, and small like cricket, robbers around the country will have a field day terrorizing Kenyans for Kithure’s barking will be taken for noise.

Farmers, education in limbo

As maize farmers are wondering why the God-chosen government is importing maize just when they’re about to have bumpy harvests, rice farmers in Ahero and cigarette planters in Migori are asking when Kenya Kwanza will buy their produce.  

Then there’s uncertainty about the future of education in this country. Those in grade six are asking whether they’ll join secondary school, or be domiciled in primary school and retain the name junior secondary school. And, forget about the naming – it’s simply vocabulary – will they be taught secondary content while in primary schools? and who will teach them? primary or secondary teachers? I blame President Kenyatta for this confusion.

Each year, thousands graduate into a dilapidated economy. The jobless are these days degree holders.  The sure bet of getting a job is having a connection and because of this, our universities should start offering courses in connection. For the few who get jobs, they are either concubines of politicians, their relatives, family members, or those giving politicians nicknames.

If you have no connection, then have deep pockets. Corruption will forever take the top spot among problems Kenyans would love to forget. Billions are lost, no, goes into people’s pockets who invest overseas. The richer are getting richer, with the poor becoming poorer. The inequality in earnings is sickening and should be mentioned among the top 10 factors causing depression among youths.

Trade CS Moses Kuria says living in this country is in itself a candidate for death. If you will not die in an accident because the traffic police is another revenue collecting authority, or die in a hospital because they are ill-equipped, then GMO will. And because of this, the Kenya Kwanza deliberately enlisted GMOs to the list of death squads.    

If GMOs have adverse health effects, then the fake liquors sold all over the country are child’s play. We eat vegetables watered by sewages; GMO is such a kalongolongo. I’m not an alarmist, but do you think the meat, soda, and Indomie you have been enjoying are safe?

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