Tension is building between Kenya and her neighbour Tanzania over exportation of products despite a truce being reached and signed Friday, July 21.
The two countries had banned exportation of products into each other’s territory, a move that had thrown relations between them into limbo.
But after prolonged talks, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed and her Tanzanian counterpart Augustine Mahiga jointly released a statement to announce a truce had been reached.
“The United Republic of Tanzania will lift restriction on milk and milk products and cigarettes manufactured in Kenya with immediate effect,” the statement read in part.
Kenya had banned importation of cooking gas and wheat from Tanzania, with Magufuli’s administration retaliating with a ban on exportation of milk products, unprocessed goods and cigarettes.
Despite the agreement, Tanzania has continued to ban exportation of goods by 20 companies from Kenya, among them President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Brookside Daily products.
Others are New KCC, BAT, cement manufacturing industries, Bidco, Vivo lubricants and Carbacid.
Kenyan professionals seeking to do business in Tanzania are required to part with KSh 5,000, even for a single day, despite an agreement of free movement within the East African bloc.
The latest move has greatly threatened the co-existence and unity of the bloc as the two biggest economies in the region continue fighting.
The escalation arose after the National Super Alliance (NASA) completed the state of the art data backup centres in Nairobi, Tanzania and Germany ahead of the August 8th General Election. It’s after these reports, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party expressed fears over NASA’s proposed parallel tallying infrastructure in neighbouring Tanzania.