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Kenya breaks silences after Uganda sues Ruto administration over fuel importation

The government acknowledges receiving details of the suit filed against Kenya at the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) by Uganda over fuel importation.

Government Spokesperson Isaac Mwaura has addressed the long-simmering diplomatic dispute with Uganda on a petroleum import agreement.

Speaking on Thursday, January 11, Mwaura said that the government had been informed about the lawsuit filed against Kenya at the East African Court of Justice (EACJ)

Mwaura pointed out that Kenya had to wait for the court’s decision in the case brought by the administration of President Yoweri Museveni.

The government Spokesperson defended Kenya’s decision to obstruct the flow of its refined petroleum products from Mombasa port to Uganda, claiming that the country was not benefiting financially from the pipeline.

He noted that the country was planning to restructure it to bring it back to profitability.

“The disagreement is currently in court and we will allow justice to take its course. But honestly speaking, Kenya is not gaining as required from the pipeline,” Mwaura stated.

Mwaura claims that Uganda’s decision to stop importing fuel through Kenya will help in the preservation of the nation’s foreign reserve, which is currently being used to buy fuel.

The government spokesman pointed out that Kenya had taken significant measures to resolve the fallout.

“As a government spokesperson, I am aware of several meetings held with Uganda’s officials to resolve the dispute. But Kenya has the right to benefit from it resources,” he insisted.

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In the suit, Uganda accused Kenya of denying its entity, the Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC), the right to operate as an Oil Marketing Company (OMC) in Kenya.

Uganda, through the UNOC, had sought to move fuel products through the Kenya Pipeline but was directed to register as an oil marketer in Kenya by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), a move that would allow UNOC to import and export petroleum products through Kenya and use the country’s pipeline to do so.

EPRA had asked UNOC to fulfill several requirements, among them; business registration certificates, identification documents for all directors, work permits, tax compliance certificates, proof of financial capability including proof of sales volumes of 6.6 million litres of super petrol/gasoil or A1jet or kerosene in Kenya, evidence of operating five licensed retail stations and operating a licensed depot with a turnover of USD 10 million over the last three years.

This prompted Museveni’s administration to sue Kenya. This case is however pending in court.

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