An American firm has accused Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga of misleading Kenyans during the first months of President William Ruto’s presidency.
The Alliance for Science, which is hosted by the Boyce Thompson Institute in Ithaca, United States, has found out that Raila led the way in giving misleading information about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).
This was done during the first months of Ruto’s presidency, after it emerged that the President was planning on embracing GMO foods and possibly importing them into the country.
The researchers have also named Roots Party Leader George Wajackoyah as the other culprit in the misinformation spree, which was apparently done to incite Kenyans against the GMO plan.
“Prominent offenders were opposition leader Raila Odinga, who made many false statements alleging the negative health impacts of GMOs, and Roots Party leader George Wajackoyah, who claimed that GMOs would make men grow breasts and women grow beards,” reads the report in part, as has been seen by the Daily Nation.
The researchers have also found out that some NGO’s also took part in the same, and made unfounded allegations which cannot be proven.
The firm has accused media outlets of projecting these claims without scrutinizing them, further feeding Kenyans misleading information.
“NGOs like the Kenyan Peasants League and Food Rights Alliance also made scientifically unfounded statements about GMO health effects which were repeated without rebuttal by media outlets,” the report further reads.
Wajackoyah and Raila have now joined forces and are working together in criticizing Ruto’s government.
They have both claimed to have been rigged out by Ruto in last year’s elections, and have began appearing together in the ongoing anti-Ruto rallies.