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Opinion & Analysis

EDITORIAL: Dar, Nairobi row unfortunate

A goods truck crosses into Tanzania from Kenya at the Namanga border. FILE PHOTO | NMG
A goods truck crosses into Tanzania from Kenya at the Namanga border. FILE PHOTO | NMG  

The policy shift to what appears like hostile actions by Tanzanian authorities towards Kenyan citizens and business interests is completely uncalled for.

The latest action in which Dar es Salaam burnt more than 6,000 chicks from Kenya ostensibly because they could spread bird flu and also auctioned animals from Kenya is an indication that all is not well between the two countries.

Tanzania’s actions appear to have been unilateral despite the existence of mechanisms to handle such disputes.

For quite some time, Tanzanian authorities have engaged in puzzling shadow boxing despite the clear understanding between the countries in the region that they can always resolve any outstanding issues amicably without having to take actions that give the impression that there is a major conflict between the two.

The Kenya/Tanzania Joint Border Commissioners/Administrators Committee Meeting, also called Ujirani Mwema, can easily handle such misunderstandings.

It does not have to take Kenyan diplomats summoning the Tanzanian High Commissioner to demand to know what the problem is.

Clearly it is time for the Tanzanian authorities to stop the shenanigans and get down to discussing matters arising from their regional business and other relations in an amicable manner.

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