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Monday May 18, 2020 – Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli attacked President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday and took a swipe at his decision to close the Namanga border.
Speaking at a church in Chato, Tanzania, Magufuli mocked countries that had chosen to close borders in their effort to contain the COVID19 pandemic, something he felt would unnecessary injure economic growth.
Getting specific, Magufuli painted a picture of a Tanzanian truck driver blocked at a border after traveling many kilometres ‘without any contacts’.
He further explained that he acknowledged that closing borders would deny other countries’ foodstuff noting that majority of them including rice and meat was imported from his countryn.
“You know there are shocking occurrences.”
“You get a truck driver that has been blocked from crossing yet he traveled many Kilometers from Dar es Salaam and did not fall in the truck.”
“He drove it perfectly.”
“That is why, my brothers, I did not close down borders.”
“I respected my neighbours since we are surrounded by more than eight countries. “
“If you close, it means you are sabotaging their economies,” argued Magufuli.
“There are some of the countries that are depending on foodstuff from Tanzania.”
“So if you lock them out, you have not only sabotaged the economy of the creators of the product but you have also denied food to those countries surrounding you,” he added.
At the same time, the Tanzanian President faulted Uhuru’s move to impose a dusk to dawn curfew in Kenya saying it was naïve because Coronavirus does not travel at night.
The Kenyan DAILY POST