Kenya, Tanzania agree to end border standoff

Kenya and Tanzanian have agreed to resolve the border tiff that has paralyzed movement in and out of the two countries over the past weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a cessation of movement across the borders between Kenya and Somalia, sparking a diplomatic standoff between the two states.
Tanzania on its part accused Kenya of issuing false COVID-19 results.

So far, over 50 Tanzanian truck drivers have been turned away at the border after testing positive for the virus.

Since the border closure, Tanzanian government officials in Arusha and other border towns have publicly protested, accusing Kenya of discriminating their truck drivers.

However, President John Pombe Magufuli announced on Wednesday while on a tour to Singinda region, that “COVID-19 pandemic will not threaten our association with Kenya.”

“We are good neighbors, I have held talks with [president] Kenyatta and we have agreed,” he said.