Somalia’s federal government has officially lifted the ban on importation of miraa (khat) from Kenya but imposed certain conditions for the commodity to be admitted on its territory.
Somalia’s Finance Minister, Dr Abdirahman Dualeh Beileh, told a press conference in his office on Monday evening that traders will now be allowed to import miraa, but indicated that businesses must follow proper commercial procedures.
“Traders must import khat into the country by legal means,” Dr Beileh said.
“I hereby declare that that nobody is barred from importing khat and can be brought through any entry point if proper regulations are followed,” he added.
Khat is the common name for miraa in Somalia and the Middle East.
Miraa is a brain stimulant, widely chewed in Somalia as a pastime.
“The stuff can be imported from any source and by any means, be by plane, donkey and even personally carried,” the minister said.