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Stop disrepsecting Uganda, Kenyans told

27 August 2015, 20:37 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Ugandan traders under their umbrella organization called Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) have attacked the opposition in Kenya which is against Uganda exporting its sugar to Kenya.

They said during a press conference in Kampala Thursday that it is unfortunate that Kenyans are not respecting the spirit of the East African Community which promotes trade within member countries.

The chairman if KACITA, Evans Kayondo said that they were disappointed to hear negative comments coming from Kenya.

" The fact is that Uganda produces more sugar than it consumes. I wonder why Kenya is stopping it from selling our sugar yet they can not produce enough and import sugar from as far as Brazil," he said.

He said that Kenyans export more goods to Uganda that what Ugandans export to Kenya but Ugandans have never complained.

One of the members of the association, Yunus Mbaguta said that allegations being made by some Kenyans that unscrupulous Ugandans will export cheap sugar from abroad and sell it to Kenya does not hold water because Uganda has excess sugar.

" In the past five years, four new sugar factories have been opened up in Uganda.Currently we have seven sugar factories and therefore we have capacity to export sugar," he complained.

He said that it is high time Kenyans stop under-estimating Uganda's capacity to produce sugar and other items because under the leadership of Museveni, peace has prevailed and industrial development has taken place.

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