Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s three day visit to Kenya has sparked debate from Kenyans who are questioning the benefits Kenya got from the bilateral talks he had with his Kenyan counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to details of the extensive talks Museveni had with Kenyatta, it appears that Uganda achieved more than Kenya did from the trade talks.
In a press release issued by Museveni, the Head of State was glad to inform his citizens that following the talks, Kenya had agreed to increase its sugar exports from 36,000 metric tonnes to 90,000 metric tonnes annually.
He also noted that Ugandan dairy producers will now have less paperwork to do in order to export their milk to Kenya.
In addition to that, his discussions with Kenyatta also opened a way for their tile makers to access the Kenyan market.
If that was not enough, goods destined for Uganda will be cleared in the shortest time possible at the Mombasa Port.
This in particular thrilled Museveni as he noted that Ugandans have grappled with the issue for a while but it was fixed the moment Uhuru took office.
Museveni also mentioned that Kenya had given his countrymen the green light to take advantage of the petroleum facility built in Kisumu to aid them transport their petroleum products across Lake Victoria.
To crown it all, President Uhuru on Thursday announced that Kenya will offer Uganda a piece of land in Naivasha for them to build a dry port.
President Uhuru’s announcement was not taken lightly by Kenyans who were wondering why the head of state would offer our land to Uganda.
Following the bilateral talks however, Kenya was able have the Ugandan government lift the ban on beef imports since the mad cow disease that led to the ban.
President Uhuru also declared that following the talks, the two heads of state had agreed to resolve the Migingo Island scuffle within the next three months.
With that stated, it is clear that our Ugandan neighbors will sure leave Kenya fulfilled as they have achieved more from the bilateral talks.
Kenyans including prominent personalities have questioned the deals made by President Uhuru with most of them noting there is not much to show for the three day talks.
Citizen TV’s Linus Kaikai questioned: “Uganda is Kenya’s largest market and these talks are very important but what is Kenya getting out of these bilateral discussions between Uhuru and Museveni?”
Popular Political Commentator Professor Edward Kisiang’ani also exclaimed: “Just wondering aloud! Isn’t it more beneficial for us to built our own inland port at Naivasha then charge Uganda for using it than giving Uganda our land so it builds its own inland port in our country? I don’t understand this deal . Help me please!”
They were joined by other Kenyans who expression their disappointment concerning the bilateral talks.