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Exports Blockade: Uganda To Sue Kenya, Tanzania

Uganda is determined to find solutions this week to the continued blockade of its exports, but if it doesn’t, it will seek intervention of the East African Court of Justice.

Government, according to Ministry of Trade, will present its case before the East African Summit.

The summit, which involves a number of hybrid meetings, is ongoing and will climax with the Heads of States meeting.

Mr Emmanuel Mutahunga, the Ministry of Trade commissioner external trade, yesterday told Daily Monitor, government had been engaging and will continue to engage member states to solve the trade wars, with a further push expected during the ongoing summit.

However, Mr Mutahinga noted: “If this fails, our next route will be taking the matter to the East African Court of Justice.”

Ugandan manufacturers, especially those involved in the export market, have suffered at the hands of EAC partner states, which have continuously blocked entry of some goods without explanation.

A number of goods, key among them milk, sugar, poultry and beef products, among others have been blocked particularly from entering Kenya with claims that are not well explained.

Mr Daniel Birungi, the Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) executive director, said it was unfair that Uganda continues to play second fiddle, acting as a supermarket for other countries’ goods yet its products are denied entry into markets of partner states.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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