Uganda is considering restricting some of Kenya’s raw and processed agricultural products from its market, saying it will be merely reciprocating Nairobi’s continued ban on Kampala’s produce.
On Monday, the Ugandan Cabinet agreed to the nearly two-year proposal and directed the agriculture ministry to identify and list Kenyan products that will be banned by the Ugandan government within “a short time.”
“We have been too patient. In the past, we have not reciprocated, but now we are going to. This has gone on for too long and within a short time they too will understand what we are going through,” Uganda East African Affairs Minister Rebecca Kadaga told the media on Tuesday morning.
Kenya maintains that some of the products are substandard and that it’s protecting its domestic market. Kenya is Uganda’s biggest trade partner. Kenyan exports to Uganda in 2020 amounted to 673.66 million U.S. dollars while Uganda’s exports to Kenya stood at 465.55 million during the same period.