Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has guaranteed miraa farmers in Meru that he will get markets for their products in different countries whenever elected as president in 2022.
Talking in Meru County while promoting his 2022 presidential bid, Raila said among the countries he will be anticipating to secure markets for the miraa include Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Somalia.
Raila said he will settle the boundary issues between Kenya and Somalia to ensure safe entry of miraa into the easternmost nation of Africa.
The former Premier additionally vowed to look for the guilty pleasure of foreign countries about the chance of exporting miraa and having it sold there.
“Mimi najua wakulima wa miraa wamepata shida mingi kwa kukosa soko…ile soko yetu ya Somalia inadidimia, mara wamefunga mara wamefungua…Ntahakikisha ya kwamba Somalia inafungua mipaka yake na miraa inaenda huko,” Raila said.
“Kuna sehemu ya Somalia ambayo imekuwa huru, inaitwa Somaliland, tayari wamekubali kuchukua miraa kwetu, lakini Somalia imezuia ndege yetu kupita na kupeleka miraa huko.
“Tutatatua shida hilo, ndege yetu itoke hapa ifike kule Somaliland.”
He added: “Mimi ni rafiki sana ya rais wa DRC Tshisekedi, nitaongea nay eye akubali miraa ytu iingie kwa soko ya DRC…na vilevile majirani wetu hapa chini. Vilevile tutaendelea kuzungumza na serikali ya ulaya maanake hakuna thibitisho eti miraa inaathiri maisha ya watu.”