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Kenya confiscates 23 tonnes of Ugandan milk

A building in Kenya branded with Lato Milk logo and colours. Photo: Google Maps

A building in Kenya branded with Lato Milk logo and colours. Photo: Google Maps

Several traders distributing Ugandan milk in Kenya have seen their products confiscated by authorities even when they have evidence that they had paid duties to get the milk into the country.

This is likely to escalate the dispute between Uganda and Kenya on milk exports. This week, Kenya Anti-counterfeit Unit raided distributors in Meru in eastern Kenya and confiscated up to 23 tonnes of milk.

The depot owner Pritpal Bhamra told reporters in Kenya that the raid was intended to block investors from doing business and called the raid “politically motivated.”

According to Kenyan media, the same unit had raided two warehouses belonging to one of the largest milk importers and distributors in Nairobi and took away tonnes of milk powder under the brand name Lato Milk.

Lato Milk is processed in Mbarara by Pearl Dairy and is one of the most popular brands in Kenya but the country has recently sought to reduce milk imports because of low prices local farmers there are facing.

Officials in Uganda have not reacted to ongoings in Kenya. The raids are likely to instill fear into distributors of Ugandan milk and consequently force them to perhaps stop importing it. This will further depress milk prices in Uganda which have fallen to an all-time low at Shs 400 per litre.

Last month, Kenyan officials visited Uganda to ascertain whether indeed the milk was coming from Uganda. They concluded that Kenya would be imposing a 16 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on Ugandan milk.

Uganda has seen its milk production grow tremendously with reforms in the dairy sector to 2.6 billion litres a year in 2018. At least 144 million litres are sold in Kenya every year, according to industry estimates. Kenyan companies like Fresh Dairy are big processors of milk exported there.

Good weather has also seen Kenya up its production to 5 billion litres a year. This with the milk imported from Uganda has depressed the local market, forcing Kenya to start measures to curtail Kampala milk. In 2010, Kenya blocked milk from Uganda to protect its farmers.

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+1 #11 Lakwena 2020-01-13 09:31
Quoting rubangakene:
We have told you before; these Kenyans are up to no good; they first destroyed the East African Community with their greed.

Now they want to use us for their own greed, they have never been honest in any dealings. It is Magufuuli who knows how to put them in their position.

Still, the question is; why are our neighbours not trusting us, first it is the Rwandese, now it is the Kenyans, there must be something they want to tell us indirectly. In my view any deal involving Indians is always suspect.


Rubangakene, be careful mentioning Indians, otherwise Winnie the NRM Zealot might pounce on.

But the truth is, because we have an absentee government (self-serving) our neighbors can do anything, including killing any of us, but our government respond with a thank you!
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0 #12 Akot 2020-01-13 18:45
MR, agreed, but,

Museveni is the only ruler of Uganda, so neighbouring countries must keep awake & not be lured into the trap that will make Museveni a normal ruler & master of the region!

The solution to present unrest with neighbouring coun tries lies in the hands of Ugandans in UNITY!

As long as Ugandans go along with Museveni who has already won next fake election, no outsider will say a world against him, but they will take measures to make their stand as nations & not part of Museveni's Uganda!

Do Ugandans still need Museveni & for what?
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0 #13 Akot 2020-01-13 18:52
Quoting Tom:
Please ban imports of fish from Uganda and TZ as well.


Thanks!

This will be sunction against Museveni, but help to Ugandans who bring down the tribalistic system & UNITE to block & leave Museveni no choice but to leave & be arrested immediately for abuse of Ugandans' kindness, using tribalism as means to stay in power, looting, oppressing...Ugandans!

Ugandans must not let Museveni take them to next fake election that will only legalise his continuity while locking Ugandans with him for life!
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0 #14 Akot 2020-01-13 19:02
rubangakene, understood, but,

Kenyans don't have the same ruler for 34 years & don't want Museveni to be master of their country!

As I said & got RED; Ugandans just help Museveni misrule them, but neighbouring coutntries woke up & are saying NO to Museveni!

Kagame is a dictator kept in power by his own people while migrant Museveni is kept in power by Ugandans & not rwandese!

When will Ugandans realise they are handing over their tribal lands to Museveni/rwandese?
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+1 #15 juwait kali 2020-01-13 23:04
Akot you are right. The commentor is a regime sympathyser.

Milk is not ring fenced like Uganda elections. Anyone can produce milk in Kenya and sell it anywhere they want. Uhuru is the father of Kenya long live. Haters fought him hard but he has still steered kenya to the front.
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0 #16 Akot 2020-01-14 21:02
juwait kali, thanks!

Uhuru could conclude the tribal bringing together of Kenyans by making B. Obama & family Honorary Citizens!

B. Obama & friends would come regularly for holidays in Kenya, spend lots of money there & help Kenyan economy!

Don't Kenyans want Obama to bring Bon Jovi...to sing & give them good time?
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0 #17 Akot 2020-01-14 21:10
Lakwena, thanks, but

Ugandans must by now know Museveni is not there for them & they must bring change!

Why have all the other tribes that UNITED against Acholi to bring in Museveni forgotten how they did it & that they must REUNITE this time to throw him out?

Is UNITY around mp Bobi Wine so dangerous & Ugandans prefer Museveni?

Ugandans can even go streight for Independent Tribal States that will leave Museveni landless, right?

Why is Museveni still in State House controlling every institution, owning tax money while Ugandans complain, yet keep him in power at all cost?
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0 #18 rubangakene 2020-01-14 22:43
Are we talking about cow milk or powdered camel milk that has been worked on to look like cow milk. Remember whisky, gin, cement?
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0 #19 Kabayekka 2020-01-15 04:50
The truth seem to want to come out that African leaders are only good at political unity other than making out an emergency environmental agricultural policy for this continent.
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