Azimio MP Threatens To Impeach Moses Kuria
He reminded the former Gatundu South MP that he holds a Cabinet post in President William Ruto's government
Pokot South Member of Parliament David Pkosing has threatened to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trade Cabinet Secretary (CS) Moses Kuria if he doesn't stop the importation of 10 million bags of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and non-GMO maize into Kenya.
Speaking outside Parliament buildings on Tuesday, November 22, Pkosing claimed that the CS does not have the mandate to order the importation of the maize without engaging the public and various parties to deliberate on the matter.
The lawmaker called for a gazette notice to be tabled before Parliament for debate and should only proceed in accordance with the out-turn.
Pokot South MP, David Pkosing. /THE STAR
He reminded the former Gatundu South MP that he holds a Cabinet post in President William Ruto's government, calling upon him to respect the mandate of the office or be ousted.
"There are no roadside declarations in this country, it must be public participation, there must be a gazette notice which will be tabled in Parliament and if Parliament questions it, it is done," he said.
"Let me tell Moses Kuria that he is not an MP for Gatundu, he is a minister of government. He needs to talk like a minister, knowing that he is responsible."
Pkosing further warned the CS that the MPs will not hesitate to impeach him if he fails to change his ways.
"We want to tell Moses Kuria that he will be the first Cabinet Secretary to leave office and he might leave before the end of this month or before Christmas. If he continues like this we will impeach him. We will collect signatures from tomorrow," he vowed.
He chided Kuria for his controversial GMO remarks where he claimed that they can be added to the list of items that can cause death in Kenya, urging him to tame his remarks to avoid sparking outrage from the public.
"He is not above the law and the people of Kenya. He should listen to farmers he was the one campaigning for guaranteed minimum returns. He should talk like a minister, not somebody from a bar," warned Pkosing.
"He should also respect life, he should not play around with death. Please step aside on your issues and buy maize from farmers."
Kuria has been receiving backlash from members of the public and a section of politicians as well as former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga.
At Kenya Kwanza, Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei and Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa joined politicians opposing the government's move to import GMO maize.
"The committees of Agriculture, Trade and Industry in Parliament should immediately summon the CS of Trade Hon. Moses Kuria and CS Agriculture Hon. Mithika Linturi on the matter," the MPs stated in a statement read by Cherargei.
A picture of maize and its products. /FILE