EABC spokesperson MsLilian Awinja

Uganda and Rwanda business communities are demanding compensation from the Kenyan Government for losses incurred during the 2007 Post election chaos.

They pressed their demands through the Arusha-based, East African Business Council (EABC), where both countries said they deserved to be compensated.

A statement from Ms Lilian Awinja, the Acting EABC Membership Services and Communications Manager, reveals that the demand from Rwanda and Uganda business communities were among the concerns discussed between the Arusha-based council and Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki, last week.

The two countries want their own pounds of flesh in the matter, arguing through the EABC that the Kenyan political chaos
caused them to lose property as well as trading consignments, the total value for the claimed losses are however yet to be revealed.

The recently re-emerged matters concerning Kenya’s post-election violence hit headlines last week when the International Criminal Court in The Hague stated that some of the Kenyan top leaders, had cases to answer in connection with inciting violence after the December 2007 election results were announced in which President Mwai Kibaki was declared winner.

It was also during that time when the EABC Board of Directors held discussions with the President of the Republic of Kenya who also chairs the Summit of the EAC Heads of State.

Among the issues discussed during the meeting is the need to adopt and thereafter implement the Framework for Dialogue between the Private Sector, Civil Society and Other non-state actors, as well as the need to implement decisions already  agreed at the EAC level but are yet to be implemented, thereby frustrating trade across the region.

Other issues included pending matters towards a fully-fledged customs union, infrastructure issues, EAC Polythene Control Bill and Compensation to Rwandese and Ugandan traders who lost property during the 2008 Post election violence in Kenya.

By MARC NKWAME, Tanzania Daily News

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