Kenya-Tanzania border closure is a red flag for East Africa

Tanzanian trucks at Isebania border, Migori County. Five truck drivers from Tanzania were reported to have tested positive for Covid-19 after they were tested at the border. Picture taken on May 10, 2020.

Clashing Kenya-Tanzania cross border policies in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic could create economic crisis characterised by an increase in food prices.

Kenya and Tanzania seem to be having a boiling disagreement over how to handle cross border policies with Covid-19 threat lingering over the horizon.

This was laid bare when Tanzanian President John Magufuli banned trucks ferrying cargo from crossing over to Kenya.

The move appears to be a retaliation to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision on Saturday where he announced restriction of human traffic across the border with Tanzania to prevent imported cases.

President Uhuru’s move preceded increased testing at the Namanga border which revealed that the majority of truck drivers from the neighbouring country were testing positive for the virus.