The relationship between Kenya and Tanzania is a strained one after the eruption of the covid-19 pandemic. The Magufuli led nation has leveled fresh accusations against the Kenyan government.
Mrisho Mashak, the Arusha Regional Commissioner, released a statement on Wednesday the 20th of May regarding this accusation. He accused the Kenyan government of falsifying the Covid-19 test results. Mashak further revealed that the government took the samples from the 19 drivers. However, despite Kenya branding them coronavirus patients, the Daar-es-Salaam lab declared them free of covid-19.
“In efforts to confirm the reliability of the Covid-19 test results, we took samples from 19 drivers from Tanzania who had been tested and declared positive by Kenya Authorities at the Namanga border on the Kenyan side. After these samples were submitted to our main national laboratory in Dar es Salaam, the results came back negative for all these drivers from Tanzania.”
Mrisho further claimed that this was a strategy by Kenya to undermine Arusha and Tanzania at large, especially on tourism.
“Arusha region is confident that this is a deliberate strategy designed by Kenya against our tourism industry in Arusha and Tanzania at large,” part of the statement read.
This report had published names of the Tanzanian drivers who had traveled to Kenya. Additionally, it lists traveling dates as Thursday the 14th, Saturday the 16th, and Monday the 18th of May 2020.
We are brothers
This strained relationship saw Kenyan ambassador to Tanzania address the press on Tuesday the 20th of May. He insisted that Kenyans and Tanzanians should not fight since we are brothers and neighbors.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta says he does not look at Tanzania as a neighbor, he instead looks at Tanzania as brothers, in his heart Tanzanians are not neighbors, 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,” the ambassador asserted.