Who is fooling who? Tanzania claims tests on 19 drivers at Namanga were false, accuses Kenya of trying to sabotage tourism industry


The Tanzanian Government has rubbished claims that 19 Tanzanian truck drivers tested positive at the Namanga border earlier in the week.

In a press statement to media house, Arusha Regional Commissioner Mrisho Gambo said the country’s national labs in Dar Es Salaam tested 44 drivers between May 14 and May 18.

Out of the tested samples, 14 drivers turned positive among them (11) Kenyans, (1) Ugandan and 2 from an unnamed nationality.

30 drivers from the tested samples were confirmed as negative according to the press statement.

At the same time, the statement claims that all the 19 Tanzanian drivers who tested positive at the Namanga border later tested negative when their samples were tested in Tanzania.

The statement alleges that there is a ploy by Kenya to kill tourism and business in Arusha and Tanzania by declaring falsified coronavirus results.

“Arusha region is convinced that this is a deliberate sabotage strategy designed by Kenya against the tourism industry in Arusha and Tanzania at large,” the statement reads.

The latest comes after Kenya announced tougher restrictions at its border with Tanzania and Somalia to curb the spread of the virus.


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