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No sugar deal was signed between Kenya and Uganda

13 August 2015, 11:54 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) Chairman, Kiprono Kittony has said Kenya did not sign any sugar deal with Uganda.

Kitony, who was part of the delegation that accompanied President Uhuru Keyatta to Uganda for a 3-day State visit said they only signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the visit.

“The Kenyan and Uganda Chambers of Commerce signed an MoU aimed at promoting trade and investment between the two countries, but there was no specific deal signed by the two institutions,” he said in an interview on Wednesday night.

According to Kittony, KNCCI signed the MoU on behalf of the private sector, and not the government.

Read Also: Uhuru signs sugar import deal with Uganda, angers Raila

“The Chamber of Commerce signs deals on behalf of the private sector and not on behalf of the government, so the MoU was not signed by the government.

“Let us stop politicizing everything. We should be focusing on issues of efficiency in our sugar industry instead of playing politics every time,” Kittony said.

According to reports, Kenya agreed to buy Uganda’s surplus sugar, while Uganda agreed to open its market for Kenyan beef and related daily products, but no deal was signed on the same.

On Wednesday, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amina Mohammed and her counterpart from Treasury, Henry Rotich maintained that no trade agreements were signed during the President’s visit as claimed by the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

They said if there were any agreements, they must have been signed by entities outside the two governments.

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