Court Extends Ban On GMO Imports

A High Court judge has extended a ban on importing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 

Judge Mugure Thande of the High Court extended the injunctions preventing the Ministries of Agriculture and Trade from publishing any GMO-related directives or acting on the Cabinet dispatch that announced the lifting of the GMO ban. 

In accordance with the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which attempts to reduce potentially detrimental impacts on the environment and human health while balancing potential advantages to agriculture and trade, the court, according to Justice Thande, adopts the cautious principle.

The Kenya Peasants League and attorney Paul Mwangi launched the lawsuit alleging that GMO products are dangerous to Kenyans’ health, especially the underprivileged and those with low means. 

Additionally, it claims that despite the Constitution’s requirement for public engagement, the government did not consult Kenyans before lifting the restriction.