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Tanzania raises concern over Kenyan ban on cooking gas imports

Paul Gitachu ferries an assortment of cooking gas cylinders in Ol Kalou Town in Nyandarua County, February 21, 2016. FILE PHOTO | NMG
A Kenyan ferries an assortment of cooking gas cylinders, February 21, 2016. The Tanzanian government has expressed concern over Nairobi’s refusal to allow cooking gas imports through Tanzania land borders. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Tanzanian government has expressed concern over Nairobi’s refusal to allow Tanzanian exporters to transport cooking gas to Kenya through Kenya-Tanzania land borders.

Industry, Trade and Investment Permanent Secretary Prof Adolf Mkenda, in a statement on Thursday, said Tanzania had only learnt of the ban through the Kenyan media.

He said Kenya’s decision was against East Africa Community (EAC) protocol and had breached an agreement reached between the two countries after Kenya imposed a ban on importation of cooking gas from Tanzania on May 18, 2017.

Prof Mkenda said Kenya’s decision had affected businesses and ordinary citizens who earn their living through cooking gas trade.

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