PS SAYS KENYA DID NOT CUT CORNERS IN THE PACT
Trade Principal Secretary says the Economic Partnership Agreement document was comprehensively discussed during the East African Community heads of state summit in Dar es Salaam in September. The countries, however, agreed to defer the signing as a bloc to January to allow for legal scrubbing (cross-checking) and translation, Kiptoo says. The PS stated Kenya appended her signature through a process called mutualisation to pave way for legal scrubbing. He says they could not legally scrub a document they have not agreed on, and so went to legal scrubbing and translation and the next thing is to sign. Kiptoo says Kenya just wanted to be sure it will not lose its market access, hence the reason why it went an extra mile. The country’s officials went to the European Union’s chambers and spoke to members of Parliament pleading their case.