Tanzania accuses Kenya of trying to sabotage tourism industry, says COVID-19 tests on 19 drivers at Namanga were lies

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The Tanzania Government now says that Kenya is using the fight against COVID-19 pandemic to sabotage its tourism industry.

According to a statement from the Arusha Regional Commissioner Mrisho Gambo, Tanzania accuses Kenya authorities of lying about the COVID-19 test results of 19 truck drivers at the Namanga border.

Kenya announced that 19 truck drivers from Tanzania had tested positive for COVID-19 between May 14-18, with Tanzania refuting the results.

“we took samples from 19 drivers from Tanzania who had…been declared positive by Kenya authorities. After these samples were submitted to our main National Laboratory in Dar es Salaam, the results came back negative for all the drivers from Tanzania,”

Mrisho Gambo further says that owing to this scenario, “Arusha region os confident that this is a deliberate sabotage strategy designed by Kenya against our tourism industry in Arusha and Tanzania at large”.

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta on May 16 ordered for the closure of the borders between Kenya and the nations of Tanzania and Somalia, in a bid to curb further spread of the Coronavirus.

The move has since seen a brewing diplomatic tiff between the two nations that have enjoyed a healthy relationship for long.

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