Displeasure in Parliament over a continued trade war between Uganda and Kenya

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.

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