Kenya’s persistent trade tiffs with neighbours may be a result of dynamics beyond the region, which could require political solutions.
Two of Kenya’s neighbours, Somalia and Tanzania, have recently stalled business ventures for Kenyans over alleged bad policy by Nairobi. Tanzania cancelled landing rights for three more airlines — AirKenya, Fly540 and Safarilink Aviation — after Kenya insisted Tanzanians arriving in the country have to be quarantined for 14 days.
For Somalia, the old story of miraa ban returned last week after a delegation of farmers’ representatives returned empty-handed. They had travelled to seek audience with Somalia officials but instead were met with a list of demands. They include a tax charge of $4 per kilo, which the farmers quickly accepted.