Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has said the order to import maize should have originated from the Ministry of Agriculture and not the Trade docket.
The Trade, Investment and Industry docket is headed by CS Moses Kuria.
Mudavadi said Kuria should let Agriculture CS Mithika Linturi deal with maize importation issue.
“The issue of importation of maize should be guided by a survey by the Ministry of Agriculture to find out if there is a deficit of the grains, that is a policy that must be well electioneered,” he said.
“It is the Agriculture docket that will issue an importation order looking at the food situation in the country.”
Kuria had said the government will allow importation of 10 million bags of duty free maize.
“GMO and non-GMO maize will be imported in the next six months,” he said.
Linturi has distanced himself from the sentiments of Kuria on maize importation.
He said he is the custodian who takes stock of the grain harvest in the country to establish if there will be any deficit.
“So I will not answer to what is being reported in the social media,” Linturi said.
“Hold your horses because I want to give you a position that I am ready to defend. I need to have statistics before I can answer that.
“I Will give a more comprehensive report on the national food status at a later date when I have all the data. Relax, you will have food.”