In a bid to settle an ongoing oil deal tiff, President William Ruto is set to meet with Uganda President Yoweri Museveni. This comes after Kenya blocked Uganda from using the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) infrastructure to move its refined petroleum products from the Mombasa port to Uganda under a new arrangement as directed by Uganda’s Cabinet.

According to East African Community, ASALs, and Regional Development Cabinet Secretary Peninah Malonza, “There is a scheduled meeting between the two presidents to discuss the impasse and Kenya will also seek to explain its position at the next East Africa Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit.”

Malonza further reassured, “There is no cause for alarm because such trade disagreements are normal. Each country is founded on different laws and principles, that is why we deal with each other based on the binding treaties and other diplomatic protocols.”

The disagreement arose when Uganda cut its oil deals with Kenya, citing that they have been sourcing oil products from middlemen in Kenya at exorbitant prices which exacerbated the country’s fuel crisis. President Museveni expressed his surprise, stating, “Without my knowledge, our wonderful people were buying this huge quantity of petroleum products from middlemen in Kenya. A whole country buying from middlemen in Kenya or anywhere else!! Amazing but true.”

Uganda has now taken the case to the East Africa Court of Justice (EACJ), holding Kenya’s government responsible for the delay in granting exemptions to operate without certain requirements from the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority.