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Miraa chewing time law back as court dismisses case

November 2, 2017 6:54 AM
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Miraa chewing time law back as court dismisses case

The High Court has dismissed a case filed by miraa farmers on the control of chewing time.

Justice Chacha Mwita dismissed the case by Kenya Miraa Farmers and Traders Association (Kemifata) against National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) for failing to attend court.

“The case has been dismissed for want of prosecution,” the judge ruled.

The miraa farmers claimed that the drugs control agency illegally issued orders that miraa consumers should chew the stimulant only between 5pm and 10pm.

The High Court had issued temporary orders barring Nacada from enforcing the regulation when the case was filed.

The association had argued that the decision was not only discriminatory but also went against the rules of national values.

Through lawyer Henry Kurauka, the association blamed Nacada for the ban imposed by the UK and the Netherlands.

Mr Kurauka said Nacada's move to classify miraa as a drug had caused them to lose their Western markets. Nacada denied classifying miraa as a drug.


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