The ban on Miraa importation from Kenya to Somalia has been lifted with immediate effect according to a statement from Kenya’s government.
The presidents of the two nations held talks in regards to the ban of the popular narcotic leaf. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud hosted the meeting with President Kenyatta who was looking to save the ailing Miraa business.
Last week, the Somali government put a ban on the importation of the popular plant. President Mohamoud cited the crops effect on the people of Somalia as the reason for the ban.
A few days later it emerged that the real reason for the ban was because Meru Governor, Peter Munya, lobbied with breakaway Somaliland for fairer trade policies.
Unconfirmed rumors said the ban was a security measure to help rid air traffic for the historic IGAD summit.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is currently on a tour of Somalia also to attend the 28th IGAD Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State held on Tuesday in Mogadishu.
He has managed to convince his counterpart President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud to allow the crop from Kenya. The ban threatened to kill the livelihood of the people of Meru who survive from cultivating the crop.
Lifting of the ban means planeloads of the leaf would resume direct cargo trips to Somalia capitol Mogadishu starting from Wednesday.
Somalia is the biggest remaining market for Kenyan Miraa following Britain and Netherlands ban.
President Kenyatta is the first Kenyan Head of State to visit Mogadishu in 30 years. He was also able to secure an agreement for Kenya Commercial Bank to open an office in the Somali capitol.