Kenyan official visits Hargeisa for miraa in exchange of recognition
Senior official from Kenya government has showed his optimism about new miraa market in the self declared state of Somaliland.
Peter Munya, the governor of miraa rich Kenyan highland city of Meru jetted back from Hargiesa, the capital of Somaliland administration where was on visit for the past days.
Mr. Munya said he met Somaliland officials and discussed possible new market for the stimulant plant grown in his city.
He said miraa market in Somaliland is worth 400 million US dollars with 99 percent of supplies coming from Ethiopia.
“Miraa from Kenya which is highly preferred in Somaliland is charged 300 percent duty while the one from Ethiopia is charged 100 percent duty making it impossible for our people to compete,” he said.
The man from Meru community which depends on export of miraa said in his meeting with top Somaliland officials he managed to convince Hargeisa to appoint technical committee to review the duty in exchange of recognition of “Republic of Somaliland” by the Kenyan government.
In his Facebook post governor Munya added that he will be presenting a report on his tour to Kenyan ministry of foreign affairs.
Miraa market in Kenya experienced big blow after several European states banned the import of the stimulant plant describing it as dangerous drug.