MPs refuse to ratify trade pact between Kenya and UK

Cabinet Secretary for Industrialisation, Trade and Enterprise Development Betty Maina

Cabinet Secretary for Industrialisation, Trade and Enterprise Development Betty Maina with UK's International Trade Minister Ranil Jayawardena during the signing of the new Kenya-UK trade deal in London, United Kingdom. Also present is Kenya's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Amb Manoah Esipisu.

Photo credit: Pool

What you need to know:

  • The lawmakers said until they are fully aware of the details of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the two countries, they will not ratify the agreement.
  • The earlier report tabled before the House last week did not have annexures containing the details of the type of goods that the UK will ship into the country duty free for 25 years.

Members of Parliament have refused to ratify Kenya’s trade pact with the UK, accusing unknown officials of sneaking in documents that had not been tabled in Parliament.

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