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Blow to Government as Kenyan Court Extends Ban on GMO to October 2024

Efforts by the Kenyan Government to have the orders barring the importation, distribution & adoption of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) products in Kenya lifted failed after a Kenyan High Court extended the Ban up to October 2024 when the Court will issue a ruling on whether or not the Judgment by the Environment and Land Court (ELC), rendered on 12th October 2023, dismissing the case filed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) had any bearing on the pending 4 consolidated petitions.

Kenyan High Court Extends GMO Ban

The High Court of Kenya has directed that the interim orders that stopped the importation, distribution and consumption of GMO crops shall remain in force up to 28 March 2023 when the matter shall be heard. This is after the Attorney General applied for the orders to be vacated.

KPL Tests Organic Pesticide

The Kenyan Peasants League (KPL) is currently testing the efficacy of two different organic pesticides in three clusters in Migori and Baringo County. The tests that are being supported by Evan Cornish Foundation and implemented in partnership with War on Want (WoW) is part of the "Transition to Agroecology for Food Sovereignty and Climate Justice project" that also has components of advocacy against importation of banned chemical pesticides from UK like paraquat occasioned by the recently signed UK-Kenya Free Trade Area agreement.

KPL and Allies to Mark International Day Against WTO

The Kenyan Peasants League (KPL) and partners under the banner of the Kenya Debt Abolition Network (KDAN) are set to hold an event in Kangemi Nairobi to mark the International Day of Action Against World Trade Organization (WTO) and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). Marked annually on 10 September, the day is set aside to by Social Movements to protest against the criminal trio of WTO, World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that are directly and indirectly promoting a host of multilateral and bilateral FTAs that have created a criminal level of inequality in this world. In 2018, it was estimated that 82% of the world’s wealth is now controlled by merely 1% of the people and this is attributed to the neoliberal policies of WTO, IMF and World Bank

KPL Condemns Ban of Sale and Roasting Green Maize

KPL condemns this move with strongest possible terms and is asking for the lifting of the ban as it goes contrary to the article 2(1) of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP) that obligates the Kenyan Government to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of peasants other people working in rural areas. The ban also goes against article 3 of the UNDROP stating that peasants have the right to full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms recognized in the Charter of the United Nations and that they have a right to determine and develop priorities and strategies to exercise their right to development and it obligates the Kenyan Government to take appropriate measures to eliminate conditions that cause or help to perpetuate discrimination. Furthermore, the notice is contrary to the article 27 of the Constitution of Kenya (CoK) stating that state every person has the right to full and equal enjoyment of all rights and fundamental freedoms including article 43(c) of the CoK stating that every Kenyan has a right to be free from hunger and to have adequate food of acceptable quality

KPL Youth Mark International Youth Day by Exchanging Seeds

The Kenyan Peasants League Youth Collective (KPL-YC), Mariwa Cluster today marked the International Youth Day (IYD) by exchanging indigenous seeds and establishing a Cluster Seed Bank. The event that was held at Mariwa village coincided with the International Youth Day that is marked annually on 12 August to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society and was also attended by members Mulo Cluster Youth Collective.

KPL to Host National Training on Agroecology & Climate Justice

The Kenyan Peasants League (KPL) Agroecology and Climate Justice (AE & CJ) Collective is set to hold a Four Days National Training on Agroecology and Climate Justice targeting members of KPL - AE & CJ Collective from 14 to 17 June 2021. The Four Days National Training shall take place in Kangemi and will be attended by representatives from KPL's nine clusters namely Rabolo, Mariwa, Mulo and Kurutyange in Migori County; Apuoyo in Siaya County; Kamnarok in Baringo County; Kangemi in Nairobi County and Utawala and Mwende Munyanyau in Machakos County.

Kenyan Government Sued Over Recent IMF Loan

The Kenyan Peasants League (KPL) and the Kenya Debt Abolition Network (KDAN) have moved to the East African Court of Justice over the recent KES44 Million (USD401 Million) International Monetary Fund (IMF) to Kenya. Represented by Lumumba and Ayieko Advocates, the two organizations have sued the Attorney General of Kenya and the Secretary General of the East African Community for failing to perform their responsibility of ensuring that the Kenyan Government maintains a ceiling of gross public debt at 50% of its Gross Domestic Product in Net Present Value terms as required by article 5(2)(b) as read with articles 6(2)(c) and 9 of the Protocol on the Establishment of the East African Community Monetary Union.
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