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Uganda Threatens to Ban Kenyan Products from Their Market as Trade Row Escalates
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Uganda could restrict Kenyan products from entering its market if the threats by the Agriculture Ministry is anything to go by.© Provided by Tuko
Uganda could restrict Kenyan products from entering its market if the threats by the Agriculture Ministry is anything to go by.
Although Frank Tumwebaze did not formally write to the Kenyan government, he took to Twitter to complain to counterpart Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya or capping sugar Uganda imports.
Tumwebaze faulted Kenya’s recent decision to cut sugar imports from Uganda by 79 % in a move that is likely to escalate the ongoing trade dispute between Nairobi and Kampala.
“Comrade Peter Munya, we need an honest conversation about these trade restrictions from ur side. Wauganda hawafurahi! Kenya imports about 450,000 tonnes of sugar. If your sugar board ( trade police) allowed Uganda to export to Kenya its 150,000 tonnes still your sugar import demand would remain unmet. So nothing explains the restrictions on Uganda,” he complained.
The minister warned if nothing was done to remedy the situation on time, the move could potentially weaken the East Africa Community trade bloc as Uganda may be forced to take a similar route.
“Don’t make this whole idea of the East Africa Community doubtable. Should we also start a board to restrict/give permits to Kenyan margarine and plastics? Yes, we could check on their standards too,” he threatened.
Kenyan traders are allowed to import 18,923 tonnes of sugar from Uganda as opposed to 90,000 that the two neighbours had agreed on.
“Regarding Kenya’s restriction of Uganda’s sugar exports, Uganda shall export 90,000 tonnes of wholly originating sugar per annum. The findings of the ongoing sugar sector verification mission shall inform the implementation of this decision,” the ministers said in a joint statement.
In April, Trade Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina had met her Ugandan counterpart and agreed to let in 90,000 tonnes, the Kenyan government would, later on, publish a revised quota that will see Southern African countries account for the lion share of sugar import. AdChoices
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