Kenya tensions worry Ugandan traders
This has raised anticipation for major economic effects given that at least 90% of Uganda's imports transit through Kenya.
The East African Community (EAC) has been called upon to resolve the tensions in Kenya before the situation escalates.
There is fear that if the protests intensify, it will jeopardize the transportation of Uganda’s imports and exports that transit via Kenya.
The riots in Kenya follow an announcement by opposition leader Raila Odinga to hold national wide protests every Monday and Thursday.
Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) spokesperson, Issa Ssekito, said they have engaged authorities in Uganda and await a response.
“We request the East African Community to resolve the tensions in Kenya before the situation worsens, he said.
“Uganda has in the past faced challenges where goods were unable to cross through Kenya,” he added.
Ssekito wondered if this is the time for Uganda to explore the Tanzania import route.
Despite the cost, the government is challenged to engage the Tanzanian government to find an alternative route for exports and imports.
The KACITA spokesperson said they demand $100 million in compensation from Kenyan for losses incurred during the 2007 elections.
“One can only hope that the situation this time will be contained,” he added.
Odinga this week announced national demonstrations to take place every Monday and Thursday in neighbouring Kenya.
This has raised anticipation for major economic effects given that at least 90% of Uganda’s imports transit through Kenya.