Speedily end trade rows

As we have argued time and again, Kenya and Tanzania have no choice but to cooperate for their mutual gain.

However, differences and frictions will always arise, but no amount of suspicion or mistrust will change the fact that the two countries have a common border.


That they and the other East African neighbours have worked so hard to enhance regional co-operation is proof that there is great benefit for all of them in this arrangement.

The lifting of restrictions on some items of trade between the two countries is good news as this threatened to sour the otherwise cordial relations embodied in the East African Community.


In the spirit of the EAC, there should be a free movement of goods, services and people across the borders.

However, it’s a little disappointing that Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and John Pombe Magufuli had to intervene directly to get this one sorted out.

This is a worrying confirmation of the failure of the bureaucrats to solve any disputes or challenges that might arise from time to time.


As traders and the citizens of both countries welcome the end of the latest standoff, they will be hoping that the existing dispute resolution mechanisms are strengthened to speedily deal with such matters.

We cannot afford to slide back to the days when the political leadership called the shots even on business issues.

Let trade between the EAC partners thrive.

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