Somalia lifts ban on Kenyan miraa

Somalia lifts ban on Kenyan miraa

miraaKenyan miraa farmers have a reason to smile after the Somali government lifted a ban it had imposed on the crop last week  following intervention by Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Somalia counterpart Hassan Sheikh Mahamoud in Mogadishu talked at the sidelines of the special IGAD summit in Mogadishu.

Farmers decried losing  millions of shillings during the suspension of flights to Somalia.

During the seven days the ban was in force, the Miraa business ran into at least 250 million shillings in losses.

Meru Governor, Peter Munya, earlier said the central government was to blame for the delayed lifting of the ban as some quarters pointed an accusing finger at Kimunya.

“This is a significant progress and we thank the leadership of Somalia,” President Kenyatta said after talks with President Mohamoud.

President Uhuru also struck a deal with his Somalia counterpart that will see Kenya Commercial Bank open a branch in the country before the end of 2016.