Monday, May 2, 2016

I Have Asked U.K. PM To Lift Ban On Miraa, Raila Assures Thousands Of Meru Residents

Cord leader during his Meru tour

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has written to UK Premier David Cameron requesting a ban on miraa to be lifted.

Speaking during a visit to Maua, Meru county, Raila said that he had gone a step further to engage top lawyers to ‘prosecute the matter of this classification in the International Court of Justice where the matter is under adjudication’.

Here is what the Cord leader shared with the residents of Meru:

Visit To Maua, Meru County

Today, I led 14 Members of Parliament from the Orange Democratic Movemement on a tour of Maua, Meru County in a bid to popularize our party and its agenda in an area in which ODM won two parliamentary seats as well as a number of county seats in the last General Election.

The first stop was Maua Town where I officially opened the regional party office before proceeding to Maua Technical College where he met over 200 party delegates from the entire Meru County.

Thereafter, my delegation moved to Maili Tatu grounds where we addressed a mammoth rally that had gathered in eager anticipation.

Residents made it clear that the issue of Miraa had not been satisfactorily addressed by the national government. Representatives of Miraa farmers explained that their priority was the development of international markets for their produce as opposed to subsidies which they say will yield little in the absence of a ready market. They condemned Jubilee's lack of action in protecting the interests of Miraa farmers.

On my part, I have not only written to the Prime Minister of the U.K. regarding the banning of Miraa on the basis of a classification as a drug but I have also provided lawyers to prosecute the matter of this classification in the International Court of Justice where the matter is under adjudication.

Further to that, residents expressed great displeasure at the slow pace of electoral reform ahead of 2017 pledging to join the national effort to ensure the implementation of an IPPG style arrangement in the IEBC once CORD demos resume on Monday, May 9th.

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