Geoffrey Barasa, the Chairperson Sugar Cane Trader’s Association, says they blocked the border because of delays by the relevant authorities to respond to their concerns.
He said the Ugandan authorities have not come out to explain to the cause of the impasse which has left the traders hopeless.
Cane truck drivers have
staged a demonstration along Custom road in Busia municipality protesting a
decision by the Kenyan government to stop the importation of sugarcane from
The drivers packed their
trucks loaded with sugarcane in the middle of Customs road on Wednesday, which paralyzed
transport and other businesses in the area.
It took the
intervention of police to clear the road that was blocked for almost three
The protest comes a few days after Kenyan authorities started enforcing the
ban on the importation of Ugandan cane that was announced by the Agriculture
Cabinet Secretary, Peter Munya recently.
Geoffrey Barasa, the Chairperson
Sugar Cane Trader’s Association, says they blocked the border because of delays
by the relevant authorities to respond to their concerns.
According to Barasa, Ugandan
authorities haven’t come out to explain the cause of the impasse, which has
affected their business.
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Diddy Ochen, a truck driver says despite writing several letters to the concerned
authorities, they haven’t received any feedback.
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George Mutebi, a cane trader says they are stuck and can't return to Busoga
with loaded cane trucks.
He urged government to plead with their Kenyan counterparts
to allow them deliver their sugarcane to their clients to save them from losses.
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Faziira Biribawa, a resident along Busia custom road appealed to government to intervene
in the matter because they are at risk of contracting diseases associated with
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James Malinzi, the Uganda Revenue Authority- URA Eastern Region Manager, says
they communicated the concerns of the cane truck drivers to the Trade Ministry,
which has promised to engage Kenyan authorities.