Raila Odinga, the leader of Azimio la Umoja, has justified his 2011 decision to force the government to import GMOs, saying that he made the choice based on the facts available to him at the time.
The video is almost a decade old, but in it, the ex-prime minister slams those who oppose genetically modified organisms (GMOs), saying they are failing to adapt to technological advances in agriculture.
Raila then made the controversial statement that “conservatism would kill innovation,” which caused an outcry among some Kenyans who thought he was operating in doublespeak.
On the other hand, the former prime minister released a statement on Monday, November 21, claiming that the harmful consequences of GMO foods had been uncovered via technological discovery and investigation.
Raila’s Communication Director, Dennis Onyango, reacted to the video by saying, “More than 10 years later, fresh evidence has surfaced, much of it against GMOs, as scientific scrutiny on has deepened, leading to his change in approach.”
The head of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has, however, promised to back President William Ruto’s government if fresh evidence is produced proving the safety of GMO products.
He insisted that it was a violation of Kenyan sovereignty to allow the production and import of GMO products.
He also criticized President Ruto’s government for ignoring domestic concerns in favor of foreign influence.