Gilbert Kibe, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Director-General, has revealed that Tanzania has rejected Kenya’s efforts to end the ongoing row.
Tanzania and Kenya are currently at a standoff after Magufuli prevented Kenyan airlines from flying into Tanzania. This was a retaliation move after Kenya refused to exempt Tanzanians from the list of nations who won’t be subjected to mandatory Covid-19 quarantine.
Speaking on Monday the 14th of September 2020, Kibe revealed that efforts to end the standoff came to a standstill after Tanzanian nationals pulled out of the discussions.
This comes after Kenya refused to allow free movement to and from Tanzania after the country was labelled as a high-risk nation. Kibe further revealed that Tanzania wanted Kenya to relax Covid-19 restrictions before they could act.
“Tanzania wants Kenya to relax the Covid-19 restrictions before they allow the resumption of flights.”
“However, we are still engaged in negotiation with the authorities there on the way forward, and we are hopeful a solution will be found soon.”
We are okay.
Speaking on Thursday, the 27th of August 2020, Foreign Affairs PS Ambassador Macharia Kamau claimed Kenya and Tanzania are okay. He further insisted that the two nations have a good relationship despite the row.
Kenya is experiencing a tense relationship with her neighboring east African countries. The crack was also evident after Tanzania managed to beat Kenya and sign a deal with Uganda.
Although Museveni had previously hoped to transport oil through Kenya, he changed his mind and went for Tanzania. This new deal will see Tanzania earn ksh 349 billion from the project. The pipeline will also provide 18,000 jobs for over 30 years.
Andrew Kamau, Petroleum Principal Secretary, however, rubbished the claims adding that Uganda always planned to build a pipeline.
“It has nothing to do with us. They were always going to build a pipeline,” he said.