Kenyans have woken up to sentiments from Moses Kuria who claimed that the Kenya-Uganda border should be opened so that the two countries can transact business easily and without any restrictions.
“I suggest we fully open our border with Uganda so that any sugar or maize produced in Uganda is treated 100% as if it is produced in Kenya.”
Moses Kuria also added that the borders, once opened, should be left unrestricted for some more time until Kenya is able to produce sugar and maize that match the costs in Uganda.
These claims have arisen after millers in Kenya threatened to raise the cost of Unga per Kg from the Ksh.75 that was s3et by the government to Ksh.100, Ksh25 higher.
Kenyans from different regions and different political divides have reacted to these sentiments and here are samples of what they had to say;
Kissinger Amukono I think u understand the plights of sugarcane farmers. Kindly at the Parliament defend them so that they are valued like in Uganda
Cheboi Arap Barsai Did you manage the issue of coffee???? You were too loud about it. What happened?
Samuel Ndung’u Wairimu Don’t be so naive. You think Uganda and Tanzania are taxing herbicides and pesticides as we are doing? Do you think the cost of fuel for tractors is the same in East Africa?
Samuel K Mutiga That sounds OK. We should couple it with proper grain handling techniques at regional levels.
Austine Njoroge This is a result of the 16% imposed on agrochemical products by the government….we will continue importing from the soo called smaller economies and yet food security is the most important pillar of both vision 2030 and the big four agenda….. Scrap the 16% Vat and the cost of production will allow us compete with Uganda
This and more reactions have been expressed by Kenyan concerning the issue raised by Kuria.
What is your opinion on this claims?