Written by Aggrey Mutambo
Published on 4th May 2021
On 4th May 2021, President Samia Suluhu arrived in Kenya for a two-day state visit. This is the first time a Tanzanian President has visited Kenya since 2016. On arrival, President Samia Suluhu was wearing a face mask, which is a practice she adheres to in foreign countries but not in her home country. She attended a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House in Nairobi. This trip comes at a vital point where both countries seek to resolve issues regarding cross-border trade.
A key issue that will come up will be Tanzania’s Covid-19 management. Although President Suluhu has assembled a committee to investigate this matter, no data regarding Covid-19 cases in Tanzania has been released since May 2020. However, on 3rd May 2021, Tanzania announced that all passengers flying into Tanzania from countries that have recorded cases of the virus will be required to take a Covid test and will be made to undertake mandatory quarantine.