Govt Speaks on Kenya-Tanzania Feud

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and Tanzania President Pombe Magufuli (right) enjoy a light moment after the former visited the later in Tanzania in July 2019
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and Tanzania President Pombe Magufuli (right) enjoy a light moment after the former visited the later in Tanzania in July 2019
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  • Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba on August 1, 2020, clarified that Kenya and Tanzania did not have any bad blood.

    Speaking to the press, Namwamba stated that the relationship between the two countries was indispensable.

    His sentiments came a day after Magufuli seconded Kenya's decision to exclude her from countries allowed to fly to Kenya following the resumption of international flights.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta shares a light moment with Tanzanian President John Magufuli during the commissioning of Southern Bypass at Ngong Road-Lenana Interchange in Nairobi. Kenya is fuming at her neighbours over cows, chicken and fish, 2019.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta shares a light moment with Tanzanian President John Magufuli during the commissioning of Southern Bypass at Ngong Road-Lenana Interchange in Nairobi in 2019
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    "I want to make it clear that the relationship between Kenya and Tanzania is indispensable and it is something that is permanently with us. 

    "You need to know that we engage continuously. Just a year ago, the president was a special guest of Magufuli's rural home. Let me assure you that the relations between nations, even if there are issues, there are channels where they are dealt with," Namwamba stated.

    Further, Namwamba reiterated that the Kenyan delegation to President Benjamin Mkapa’s funeral turned back due to a technical hitch that was experienced with the Kenyan plane.

    "There was a technical hitch with the aircraft and because of the hitches, they could not arrive on time...Kenya and Tanzania are joined at the hip and we will continue moving forward together," Namwamba noted.

    Speculations have been rife of the relationship between the two countries in recent times.

    While addressing the nation on Monday, July 27, President Uhuru Kenyatta indicated that Kenya was better than countries that failed to announce their Covid-19 tally and gagged the media from reporting on the pandemic. His speech left many speculating that he was talking about Tanzania.

    When Transport CS James Macharia unveiled a list of countries that would resume air travel to Kenya, Tanzania was significantly missing on the list.

    Responding to the issue, however, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe indicated that the decision was not made from diplomatic ties but the safety of Kenyan nationals.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a press briefing in May 2020.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a press briefing in May 2020.
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