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Mind your own sugar business, Museveni tells Raila

22 August 2015, 11:59 William Korir

Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga has been told to mind his own business and stop wasting time over the Kenya/Uganda Sugar deal by Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni.

Museveni was reacting over the uproar caused by the CORD leader and opposition chiefs over the deal that will see Kenya and Uganda trade in sugar.

Raila feels that the deal will undermine the already struggling local sugar industry but according to Museveni, the CORD leader is way in over his head.

" To be honest, I was surprised that my brother Raila Odinga was attacking the sugar deal. I will have to ring him and tell him please don’t waste our time, he said in Kampala Friday during a regional bloc meeting.

He said that Kenya owes Uganda a favour as it has for long supported Kenyan businesses.

" Ugandan sugar should go to Kenya without hindrance as Kenyan goods coming to Uganda without any hindrance,” he said.

Museveni said that the region owes Uganda a favour so as to protect its also not so stable industry.

" The community needs to buy Uganda sugar otherwise the industry will die and it will be a problem. Uganda has risen from the dead, now it’s producing sugar, milk, beef, maize and other products," he said.

He added that the discrepancy between the way Kenya has been supported by Uganda and vice versa was alarming.

" Kenyan exports to Uganda have been as many as $700 million compared to imports worth $150 million in the same period. You can see how much we have supported Kenya," he added.

He thanked President Kenyatta for agreeing to remove non-tariff barriers, deepen commercial ties and widen the regional market.

More reason for Museveni to argue for the deal was that Uganda produces about 465,000 tonnes of sugar with a consumption of 320,000 tonnes, leaving it with a 145,000 tonne surplus, which Kenya can use, as it only produces 600,000 tonnes to a demand of 800,000, a 200,000 deficit.

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