Somalia sets conditions for lifting Kenyan Khat ban

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – The Somali government has given Kenya five conditions before lifting the ban on khat flights, according to Kenyan media.

The Nyambene Miraa Chamber of Commerce (Nyamita) believes the talks should lift the embargo on Miraa and that Somalis have made demands that Kenya address them.

The requirements include; Kenya to refrain from interfering in Somalia’s internal affairs, apologize for violating Somalia’s airspace, allow goods from Somalia including fish, rice, sugar, meat and milk and have Kenya suspend flights to Somalia that are suspended in Wajir.

“Top Somali government officials have said that Kenya has refrained from commenting on these issues. The Kenyan president must resolve the diplomatic crisis in Somalia,” said Munjuri, chairman of the Kenya Khat Co-operative.

He said the business has agreed to pay a tax increase of $ 4 (Sh432) per kilogram in Somalia and to comply with new guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19.

“Kenya must take a clear and fruitful stance because we are still facing fundamental internal challenges,” Munjuri said.

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