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Uganda Protests Kenya’s Illegal Seizures Of Lato Milk Brand

The Government of Uganda on Wednesday 15th January 2020 afternoon issued a Protest Note to the Government of Kenya expressing deep concern about illegal seizures of Ugandan made milk and milk products under Lato brand, causing heavy financial losses to the company.

The milk in question is valued at over Shs1.3bn.

“The seizures executed on three separate occasions during the month of January 2020 contravene the EAC Customs Union Protocol,” a statement issued by Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads in part.

Ugandan officials met with their Kenyan counterparts to resolve the impasse

It adds that the Government of Uganda has requested the Government of Kenya to immediately release the seized consignments of Lato branded milk; refrain any actions against Uganda’s exports to Kenya; take responsibility for any spoilage of products seized and losses suffered; and address any trade concerns within the EAC and bilateral frameworks instead of resorting to arbitrary means that could jeopardize trade relations between the two countries.

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