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Ruto addresses mūgūka ban & commits Sh500 million

President Ruto convenes high-level meeting with Embu Leaders over mūgūka ban in

President William Ruto convenes high-level meeting with Embu leaders at State House, Nairobi

In response to mounting concerns over the recent ban on mūgūka by certain counties, President William Ruto convened a crucial meeting with the leadership of Embu County.

The discussions, held at State House, Nairobi on Monday aimed to address the legislative and economic implications of the ban and find a resolution that balances local governance with national laws.

The meeting was attended by a high-profile delegation from Embu County, including Governor Cecily Mbarire, her deputy, the county senator, the women representatives, members of the National Assembly from the county, and all members of the Embu County Assembly.

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Agriculture and Livestock Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi provided key insights during the meeting.

He clarified that mūgūka, a variety of miraa, is legally recognised as a scheduled crop under the Crops Act 2013 and the Miraa Regulations 2023.

"With mūgūka having been recognised by national legislation, any other laws or order that contradicts national legislation is null and void.

"The Crops Act 2013 and the Miraa Regulations 2023 were passed by the National Assembly and the Senate and with the concurrence of the Council of Governors," the statement from State House read.

The Crops Act 2013 and the Miraa Regulations 2023 mandate the government to allocate funds for various activities related to the crop, including farming, licencing, promotion, regulation, transportation, aggregation, selling, marketing, and export.

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To operationalise these regulations, the establishment of the Miraa/Mūgūka Pricing Committee is underway, with the Council of Governors already nominating three members to the committee.

A significant outcome of the meeting was the commitment to develop a Miraa/Mūgūka Standard Code of Practice.

This code will regulate all aspects of the crop's lifecycle, ensuring that farming, licencing, promotion, regulation, transportation, aggregation, selling, marketing, and export adhere to best practices.

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Additionally, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock was directed to convene a consultative forum to address stakeholders' concerns and implement the Miraa/Mūgūka Regulations 2023.

President Ruto emphasised the government’s dedication to supporting the miraa/mūgūka industry, announcing a financial commitment of Sh500 million in the 2024/25 Financial Year.

The president also reaffirmed the government’s stance against the proliferation of drugs, illicit brews, and other illegal substances.

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