Uganda protests over milk seizure
SEE ALSO :Ministry to employ 5,700 new medics“The ministry would like to note that the illegal seizures were executed despite the fact that the goods had been cleared for entry by the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Dairy Board, Kenya Bureau of Standards and Port Health Services,” said the letter. It said the ministry was concerned about the unfounded claim by Kenya that the products were counterfeit and yet were being picked from the warehouses of authorised distributors, with no documents issued when the products were seized. Uganda now wants Kenya to release the impounded milk products, cease any operations specifically targeting their milk and compensate Pearl Dairy Farms for any losses suffered. “The ministry would like to recall that Uganda also has strategic sectors within her economy which experience high levels of imports from Kenya but has not taken the route Kenya has taken,” the letter said. “At the moment the Government of Uganda is exercising maximum restraint but reserves the right to reconsider this position.” This is the latest of several disputes between EAC member states that has raised concern over deteriorating trade relations in the regional trading bloc.
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