President Uhuru Kenyatta will fly is this morning to Tanzania’s president John Maghufuli’s home in Chato, Geita in Tanzania on invitation of President John Maghufuli. This visit comes after months of tension between the two countries which reached at its peak with Starehe MP’s Charles Jaguar remarks a week ago.
According to statement from State House Tanzania, Uhuru will touch down at the Chato Airport at 10 am then head straight to President Maghufuli’s home.
”The President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta will arrive in the country on Friday at 1000hrs and head to President Magufuli’s home in Milimani Chato District,” read part of the statement.
Two days ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta sent a special message to President Maghufuli detailing the Kenyan government’s position on the xenophobic remarks by MP Jaguar.A statement from Tanzanian Prime Minister showed Uhuru had sent special envoys to Maghufuli to deliver his special message.
Jaguar’s remarks attracted emotional reactions from Tanzanian MPs with the legislators saying Kenya should not only distance itself from the sentiments but must also prove action against the MP.
Opposition leader Freeman Mbowe told Parliament that though Jaguar had uttered the words as an individual person, such cannot be ignored as it can easily put the lives of Tanzanians who have invested in the country.
Mbowe said such xenophobic statements must not be taken lightly as many lives are at stake.
“Mr Speaker we have specifically been mentioned by the said MP and we cannot sit and ignore. Kenya government must move swiftly and act against such actions that might breed enemity with our Kenyan brothers,” Mbowe said.
The two leaders are expected to hold a range of discussions on a number of topics affecting the two countries as well as reduce the tensions which could have reached the boiling point.President Maghufuli is currently on a sabbatical at his private home in Chato.