Nthawa MCA Ngari Makenge Addresses the press after meeting the members of the National Taskforce on Miraa.
Makenge said the crop had been unfairly vilified, yet it was mild when compared to more harmful but legally accepted drugs like tobacco and alcohol. They termed the herb as the economic lifeline of the Mbeere community and called for its protection from being classified as a narcotic substance.
MCAs said the crop stood to put Embu County on Kenya’s economic map if properly funded and marketed as a cash crop and not as a drug, both locally and internationally. They also demanded a share of the Ksh 1 Billion set aside for development of the Miraa trade, calling for provision of water for irrigation of the crop.