Kenya and Tanzania have on Friday settled their border feud caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic affecting the whole world.
Transport ministers from both countries met at the Namanga border where they agreed on a number of measures including conducting joint testing of truck drivers.
Tension was high between the two neighbours when Kenya tested truck drivers at the border sending back those who tested positive over fears that they might affect the country at large.
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President John Magufuli spike on the matter during a Church service where he was perplexed on why the two country were at loggerheads at this time.
The following day he spoke at the border confirming that both him and President Uhuru Kenyatta had agreed to have transport Ministers from both sides meeting to discuss the issue.
Speaking after the meeting, Transport CS James Macharia revealed that they had agreed on enhanced measures to curb the virus at the border.
“Met with the Tanzanian Transport Minister, Eng. Issack Kamwelwe, and other senior Tanzanian officials at Namanga, where we agreed on enhanced measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 across the Kenya-Tanzania border, whilst permitting trade.”
He continued by saying some of the measures they agreed was issuance of free COVID-19 certificates and resting areas for drivers.
“The COVID-19 containment measures agreed upon with Tanzania include advance testing of truck drivers followed by issuance of COVID-19 free certificates, designation of separate resting areas for drivers, among others. These will facilitate seamless movement of cargo and trade.”
Initially drivers from Tanzania cited foul play when it came to testing including long hours and days at the border pending to be tested.
They also doubted test results from Kenya feeling that they were being targeted and the results were false.
On the other side of Tanzania, the government said that some of the drivers tested positive in Kenya turned negative when tested back home.