In a shocking revelation,the Somali Government has blamed Meru Governor Peter Munya for banning Miraa exports from Kenya.
This was revealed on Tuesday by Somali Ambassador to Kenya Gamal Hassan who said the Governor’s visit to Hargeisa in July had compelled Somalia to ban the trade since he had caused more uncertainity in the region. Hassan said Munya had used the business to campaign for the breakup of the country.
The ambassador said they had prohibited the trade until the matter is resolved by relevant authorities in Kenya and Somalia.
“He linked the territorial integrity of the country to the Miraa trade and interfered in the internal affairs of the country. This has created a lot of unbearable pressure on the government. We have suspended the trade to have these matters addressed,”
Hassan was quoted by the Nation.
During his visit, Munya met Somaliland’s Deputy President Abdurrahman Ishmael, the Foreign Affairs and Finance Minister to advocate for better trade rules for miraa exporters in exchange for recognition.
The meeting i said to have sparked negative reactions from Somalia officials who now claim it compromised their chances of uniting as one country. Somalia announced on Monday the ban by restricting all flights ferrying Miraa from Kenya into the region.
This sanction will serve as a major blow to Miraa traders especially after earlier bans by the UK and Netherlands.