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Tanzania and Kenya’s presidents agree to end border transport standoff

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli have finally agreed to end the border rift which arose over testing for COVID-19.
The standoff led to many truck drivers from Kenya being blocked for days from entering Tanzania due to fear of spreading the corona-virus.
The two heads of state have agreed to let transport ministries from the countries together with heads of border regions deal with the situation.
In a clip seen by the Star, Magufuli said ending the feud will enable both Kenyans and Tanzanians to continue with business operations.
“Haiwezekani tukawakwamisha waliokuja kufanya biashara. Lakini pia magari ya Tanzania hayawezi yakakwamishwa kwenda Kenya,” he said.
Magufuli advised authorities from both Kenya and Tanzania to solve disputes cordially.
“Wazingatie uchumi wa nchi zetu. Kwa vile tumezungumza vizuri na Kenyatta, sisi tumeyamaliza. Wakae viongozi watatue hii maneno na watu wafanye biashara katika pande zote mbili,” he said.
On Sunday, Tanzania stopped all Kenya trucks from entering the country, a day after President Uhuru ordered the closure of the common border with its southern neighbor to curb the importation of Covid-19.
The President also closed the border with Somalia.
On Sunday, in what appeared to be a retaliatory move, Tanzania declared that “no vehicle from Kenya will be allowed to enter into the country”.
A Tanzanian official said at the Holili/Taveta One-Stop Border Post that goods from Kenya would be offloaded at the border posts from where they would be picked by their respective recipients.
“Goods, particularly from Kenya, will be collected at the border,” the official told the media.
Consequently, Kenyan truck drivers spent days at the border with merchandise going bad.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her

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Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told Kenyans.co.ke that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania

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The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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