The Minister of Trade Amelia Anne Kyambadde, presented a statement on the continued prohibition of Ugandan Diary products to access the Kenyan market in plenary.
The minister noted that since December, 2019 Kenya started denying import permits to specifically Lato Milk claiming that the products were counterfeit and substandard.
“The government engaged the government of Kenya including summoning the Kenyan High Commissioner and issued a protest note on 15 January 2020 with no response till today,” Said Kyambadde.
The Minister of State for East African Affairs, Hon Julius Maganda said the talk on the quality of milk from Uganda was a tactical manoeuvre by Nairobi to frustrate the farmers because Ugandan farmers’ milk is cheaper than Kenya’s.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga challenged private citizens to explore the avenue of suing Kenyan authorities as provided in the treaty.
“I want to encourage the people of Uganda to sue the government of Kenya; under the treaty, citizens can take the countries to court,” said Kadaga.
Uganda is set for a meeting with her Kenyan counterpart to resolve the issues that impede smooth bilateral trade between the two countries.
Uganda has in the past months engaged the government of Kenya on the escalating trade war.