Tanzania banned Kenya’s nationwide airline from coming into the nation efficient Saturday, within the newest transfer in a deepening row triggered by Tanzania’s controversial dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tanzania mentioned Kenya Airways flights had been being banned “on a reciprocal foundation” after Kenya determined in opposition to together with Tanzania in an inventory of nations whose passengers can be permitted to enter Kenya when business flights resumed on 1 August.
“Tanzania has famous… its exclusion within the record of nations whose individuals will likely be allowed to journey into Kenya,” Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority director common Hamza Johari mentioned in a letter despatched to Kenya Airways on Friday.
“The Tanzanian authorities has determined to nullify its approval for Kenya Airways (KQ) flights between Nairobi and Dar/Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar efficient August 1, 2020 till additional discover,” Johari wrote.
“This letter additionally rescinds all earlier preparations that allow KQ flights into the United Republic of Tanzania.”
Kenya Airways chief govt Allan Kilavuka mentioned Saturday he was “saddened” by the letter and hoped the state of affairs would quickly be resolved.
Tanzania has taken a controversially relaxed strategy to tackling the coronavirus pandemic and commenced reopening the nation two months in the past.
President John Magufuli’s refusal to impose lockdowns or social distancing measures, and to halt the discharge of figures on infections since late April, has made him a regional outlier and triggered concern amongst Tanzania’s neighbours and the World Health Organization.
Magufuli declared Tanzania freed from coronavirus in June, thanking God and the prayers of residents for the illness’s defeat illness.
The diplomatic spat between Kenya and Tanzania erupted quickly after the outbreak of the pandemic in East Africa, when Kenya blocked Tanzanian truck drivers from coming into the nation, fearing they’d unfold the illness.