Tuesday May 19, 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has apologised to Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli after the former closed Namanga and Isebania borders over the spread of Coronavirus disease.

In a message delivered to Magufuli by Kenya’s Ambassador to Tanzania, Dan Kazungu, Uhuru said he doesn’t see Tanzania as neighbors but brothers from the same mother.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta says he does not look at Tanzania as a neighbour, he instead looks at Tanzania as brothers, in his heart Tanzanians are not neighbours, Tanzanians are brothers.”

“Let’s be more understanding because people are the same, let us do business, we thrive, let us fight poverty and get opportunities for our children to get jobs,” Kazungu noted.

The Ambassador urged Kenya and Tanzania to bury the hatchet and instead focus on fighting the pandemic.

“Let us continue to fight with the enemy which is the virus and it did not originate from Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Malindi or Nairobi.”

“Let it not divide us but unite us.”

“Imagine Kenya and Tanzania fighting because of a virus?”

“Our enemy is not a Tanzanian, not Burundian, Rwandan, neither a Ugandan nor Somali, our enemy is the virus, let us fight it as it has come to destroy our health, environment and our economy,” urged Kazungu.

He added that no truck driver was allowed to ferry cargo to Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and Congo without having a certificate confirming their Covid-19 status.

On Saturday, Uhuru announced the closure of the Kenyan border with Somalia and Tanzania due to increased cross-border infections of Covid-19.

On the other hand, the Tanzanian Government announced on Monday an indefinite ban on truck drivers from Kenya in an escalated response to Uhuru’s announcement on mandatory Covid-19 screening at border points.


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