East African Legislative Assembly MP-elect Winnie Odinga has urged East African countries to oppose the introduction of GMO foods. During an interview on Spice FM on Monday, November 21, Winnie said GMO foods were not good for the region, stating there was a need to look for alternative ways of dealing with hunger.
“GMOs are not good for us. Even if we are using it as an intervention, what are we doing to further not need this intervention?” Winnie posed on Monday, November 21.
Winnie, the daughter of ODM leader Raila Odinga, claimed that foreign nations were behind the push to lift the ban on GMO commodities in the region. According to her, the foreigners are determined to ensure EAC countries do not speak with one voice. “We need money, and the people who give us money do not want us to move as a union. It is better for them,” she claimed.
She called on the leadership of EAC countries to speak in one voice, saying it is the only way to advance the region’s interest. “East African countries must speak with one voice.If you create the policy at EALA and say here in the East Africa union, this is our policy on GMO, this is our study before anyboby in our country moves this is our study and from the we have created this policy so you are no going to talk about it,” she said.