Ugandan manufacturers under their umbrella body, Uganda manufacturers association (UMA) are decrying the continued blockage of Ugandan goods from entering the Kenyan market saying this is a violation of the EAC common market protocol
Addressing a news conference today in Kampala, the executive director UMA Danile Birungi says, it’s been over a year since Kenya blocked Ugandan goods from entering Kenya giving excuses of quality, smuggling, instituting permits which Ugandan manufacturers say are out of the agreed on regional market protocol.
Though officials from the two countries have met several times to discuss the matter, no positive response has been achieved.
Now that the country has lost over USD.120M as a result of the impurse, Ugandan manufacturers are giving their government up to 25th of this month to take action or else they threaten to seek redress from the EAC court.
Among the goods manufactured in Uganda being blocked from entering the Kenyan market include, milk, sugar, gas cylinders among others.
With time however, Uganda has developed capacity to manufacture and process goods that were originally being imported from Kenya from her own raw materials as well as imported inputs in a bid to survive and promote her sense of national pride and economic independence in line with the government strategic aspirations of creating a self-sustaining and integrated national economy.