Questions were asked on 10,000 tonnes of imported maize expected to land in Kenya on Tuesday, November 22.
Reports detailed that the ship transporting the maize was cleared to enter the Mombasa Port before an official gazette notice was issued by Trade Cabinet Secretary, Moses Kuria.
According to the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), it was uncertain whether the maize set to dock was genetically modified since the government allowed the importation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
"We will check the details once the manifest is confirmed through customs," noted the KPA corporate communications office.
KPA added that it was yet to identify who imported the maize to Kenya or when the importation process began.
The port authorities, however, added that the imported maize was white.
Furthermore, the details of where the maize was shipped from remain concealed, but KPA pledged to launch investigations to unearth necessary details.
Notably, Moses Kuria earlier expressed the need to embrace GMOs as a way to curb hunger and starvation ravaging the country.
The consignment came a day after Kuria urged millers in the country to source maize from local farmers, who allegedly have about 2 million bags of maize.
Kuria also added that the government was set to open a duty-free import window for farmers in the country.
"The gazette notice we will release today will open up the market to millers and anyone to import maize duty-free for six months," Kuria declared.
Kuria further assured Kenyans of an adequate supply of maize in the coming weeks amid the food shortage in several parts of the country.