Lorry drivers are tested for coronavirus at the border
A top Tanzanian official has accused Kenya of economic sabotage and questioned the reliability of Kenyan coronavirus test kits in an ongoing row over testing for the virus at the border.
A statement from Arusha’s Regional Commissioner Mrisho Mashaka Gambo says 19 drivers who were turned away at the border for testing positive for Covid-19 have tested negative back in Tanzania.
The statement also gave figures showing a majority of Kenyan truck drivers tested positive for coronavirus in Tanzania.
The Arusha Commissioner said that this was a deliberate strategy designed by Kenya to sabotage Tanzania’s tourism industry.
Kenya’s health minister did not give a response to a direct question on the accusations, but the country’s director general for health said Kenyan test methods at the border were accurate.
Last weekend Kenya closed its borders with Somalia and Tanzania, allowing through only lorry drivers who test negative for Covid-19.
Tanzania responded by banning all traffic from Kenya and a top official went on to accuse Kenyan lorry drivers of importing the virus to Tanzania.