Kenya has fired the latest salvo in their back and forth with Tanzania, which now threatens to further ruin relationship between the two countries.
In a diplomatic cable to Dar, Nairobi says it will suspend any trade engagements between the two countries if Tanzania does not consider its decision of closing its airspace against KQ.
The cable, sent last evening was directly delivered to President Maghufuli, given the source it came from in Nairobi.
In a statement issued by Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, no KQ flights will be allowed between Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar beginning 01 August 2020.
The statement reads in part that “This also rescinds our previous arrangements that permit KQ flights into the Republic of Tanzania.”
The statement added the cancellation will last for the next two months from August to October. Tanzania whose approach to the Covid-19 fight has been controversial was conspicuously missing in the list of countries cleared to access Kenya’s airspace when international flights resumed yesterday.
The list comprised of Uganda, Ethiopia, China, Canada, Japan and Rwanda, South Korea, Zimbabwe, France, Morocco, and Namibia.
“These are countries that have mild or limited community transmissions or they have declining and these are the ones initially we shall be allowing passengers to come from,” CS Macharia said.
Media reports point to sour relations between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam with a delegation sent by President Uhuru Kenyatta to former Tanzania President Benjamin Mkapa’s burial was turned back mid-air earlier last week.