By Abdirisak Itaqile
Hargeisa, (Somaliland Monitor) -Kenya’s outspoken politician Governor Peter Munya has strongly defended his visit to Somaliland dismissing Mogadishu-based government’s propaganda against him.
According to Kenya’s leading newspaper, Daily Nation, Meru Governor Peter Munya said that he does not regret visiting Somaliland in his bid to fight for miraa farmers who depend on the crop.
“During my Madarka Day speech, I talked about the crisis that would face the people of Nyambene after rumours did rounds that Somalia wanted to close the market. It is out of these issues that I decided to go to Somaliland,” Governor Peter Munya said while speaking at a public rally at Maili Tatu grounds in Igembe Central Sub-county on Thursday.
“Which army does Munya have which can interfere with the territorial integrity? That is mere propaganda and come rain or sunshine I will continue to agitate for the rights of the miraa farmers in Meru. Let the government deal with that matter. If they will not do that let them not come here in hunt for votes,” Governor Munya added.
Governor Peter Munya visited Somaliland in July, 016 to promote the Miraa market in Somaliland.
Munya also said it is the responsibility of the Kenya’s national government to open miraa markets in Somalia and other countries without politicizing the issue.
Last week, Somalia banned miraa imports from Kenya without giving reasons.
The ban deals a blow to Kenya’s miraa farmers who rely on Somalia as their main market after countries in Europe slapped a ban on the crop regarded as a drug.