By David Muchui
Speaking when he met the Meru County Chamber of Commerce members in his office, Munya said that he is banking on the recent assurance by the British High commissioner to Kenya Christian Turner that the UK government has no plans to ban Khat import.
He said that the county will be sending a delegation to the British high commission office, Netherlands Ambassador and European Union head of delegation to seek a solution on the Miraa ban.
“The decision has no good intention and is unfriendly. We are very disappointed by the plans to ban Miraa in their country. This is shocking as it will hit farmers badly. Making such a decision without consulting is unfair since no research has shown that Miraa is harmful,” Munya said.
Britain has acted against its own Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs decision that Miraa does not contain harmful substances.
Munya noted that the series of bans placed on Khat in the EU indicate double standards since the same countries allow tobacco and bhang which are medically proven to be harmful to humans.
“We urge them to reconsider the decision because it will drive many to poverty. The ban will also deal a blow on job creation as some airlines at Wilson Airport rely on Miraa transport,” he remarked.
Meru business community Chair Mr Gabriel Miungi lamented that the impact of Miraa bans is already being felt with most businesses already laying off workers.
“During the high season, we used to employ more workers but with the Netherlands ban we are now forced to lay off workers,” he said.
- Kenya Farmers Call on Britain to Reverse Khat Ban (voanews.com)
- The green gold of Meru (kimerukietu.wordpress.com)
- Khat Ban in Britain (thestar.blogs.com)
- UK plan to ban miraa trade to hurt Kenyan farmers (businessdailyafrica.com)
- Ban on khat imports ‘will devastate trade in Kenya’ (thetimes.co.uk)
- Agriculture, Agro-processing, Tourism to Drive Meru (ciameru.wordpress.com)