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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Kick Tanzania out of the EAC

Tanzania seems to be going counter to all things East African. If they do not want to be part of the EAC then let it be!

TZ is charging Kenyan & Ugandan drivers $100 as a "temporary" work permit fee. That is a ridiculous amount considering the low wages prevalent among lorry drivers! Many lorries have 2 drivers for safety reasons have to pay $200. This raises the cost of business for all. It makes sense to register all the drivers who come through for security reasons & a modest fee like $5 would cover expenses of monitoring such a program.

TZ also increased taxes on cooking oils & fats that primarily affects Kenyan & Ugandan manufacturers.

TZ has plenty to gain from a stronger E.Africa esp from increased tourism overflow from Kenya.
TZ has in recent times kicked out journalists & managers from the Nation Media Group by withdrawing their work permits coz they ran stories critical of the current government.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

i guess sir charles njonjo was right when he said the eac will never work time will only tell

coldtusker said...

I might not agree with all his politics but he is a smart guy...

EAC will work but NOT in his lifetime coz of the tribal factor in Kenya, war-mongering in UG & the ultra-nationalist factor in TZ.

Politicians are greedy. The benefits for the CITIZENS outweigh the cons but not for the politicians!

acolyte said...

Tanzania's ultra-nationalism is going to hurt it's people more then it is going to help them.Tanzania isnt rolling in riches and the more expensive it gets to trade with them the more likely countries and companies will seek out new markets.If Somalia and Sudan ever settle down Kenya can do more trading with them!

chris said...

These guys are wasting our time money and resources. I agree with you entirely.

But the plot thickens, guess who is Tanzania's No 2 Largest foreign investor?
Details here;

http://kumekucha.blogspot.com/2006/08/why-kenya-should-quit-east-african.html

The.Hanyeé said...

Tanzania need to eat humble pie and stop with the economical (amongst others) paranoia: There is greater good in opening up your economy to the regional bloc.

coldtusker said...

Chris & the.Hanyee - welcome... haven't seen you guys here before... I read Kumekucha's blog & he has laid out an even better argument...

The Tanzanians are being krazy... It is a like an expanded version of Kenya's coast!

Sit around, drink mnazi & complain how the upcountry folks are robbing us of our right not to work!

Let's concentrate on the hinterland i.e. Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo & now S. Sudan!

Wacha hawa...

KQ bought into Precision Air after getting the cold should from Air Tanzania. Precision is the LARGEST airline in TZ with expanding services into the regional region.

Air TZ... amekufa!

My solution?

Make Namanga a "free port" thus all exports from Namanga are VAt & tax-free. Then "open" the Kenya checkpoint for goods heading south i.e. do not police the border for goods into TZ from Kenya. Just like the old days... Northern TZ is a captive market for Kenyan tyres, cooking oils, etc!

Ms K said...

It makes absolutely no sense for TZ to chrge Kenyan 100 DOLLARS!! You're right, those guys are smoking something harmful! All this crazy anti-Kenya sentiments can only harm them.

On a related note, I hear the Southern Sudanese are also developing a similar attitude towards Kenyans and now only want Ugandans trading there. Its crazy out there I tell you!

ritch said...

I agree with you guys entirely. This arrangement was supposed to be for our own good (East Africans) but as things stand now inimical and unbearable state of affairs are raring their ugly heads in this once-promising arrangement.

Check out this post for more:
http://ritch-african.blogspot.com/2006/07/tanzanians-gripe.html

Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Why are kenyans so obssesed with Tanzania ? Stop whining like kids .

Benin "Mwangi" said...

Eh, samahani kwa kuchelewa!!! What a wonderful discussion. It just writing an article for the Kenya Empowerment Newspaper on this topic!

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ndasika said...

SADC is offering them a raw deal that they want. SA opens a Shoprite in Dar and everything including milk, eggs,vegetables, coffee comes from South Africa. They seem to like it that way. They fear Kenyans more that South Africans despite us being their biggest Direct Foreign Investors. Lets forget about them, I believe we can still have EAC without Tanzania. http://cashmoneylink.blogspot.com/

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