The Kajiado County Government has indefinitely closed its 3 border entry points to Tanzania to avert a possible spread of Corona virus from the neighboring community.
Governor Lenku said that the entry points at Namanga,Loitoktok and Shompole pose a threat to the fight to tame the deadly virus because too many illegal immigrants from Tanzania are entering Kenya through the border points.
Tanzania has been accused of a laid back approach in the fight against the deadly respiratory flu with reports indicating that President John Magufuli was considering restarting the Tanzania Premier League after a 6 week break.
In mid march the country closed all schools and extended a ban on public gatherings including football leagues,sports,music events,political meetings and community events.
On Saturday Tanzania’s leading opposition party called for the suspension of Parliaments after 3 legislators died out of unknown causes in the past 11 days.
Augustine Mahiga,Tanzania’s Minister for constitutional and legal Affairs died on Friday without an official explanation over his death.The others are Getrude Rwakatare and Richard Ndassa.
Speaking at Tarakea Loitoktok Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku also directed suspension of trading between residents of the two neighbouring communities.
“Many people are using illegal Routes to enter our country and specifically Kajiado County.We cannot accept any compromise on the issue of Health”Lenku said.
Lenku said that despite the existing EAC bilateral trade links that allow free movement of people across the two countries,the county cannot allow free movement of people across the two countries,the county cannot allow further trade.
Lenku further banned livestock trade,which saw thousands of cattle from Tanzania make their way to Ilbissil market and Shompole Markets every market day.
“We understand the directive will have adverse economic effects to all of us but we better struggle to revive an ailing economy than lose lives through ignorance”Lenku said.
The Governor urged security officers manning the border points to observe stringent measures to ensure only essential services trucks enter the country.
The Governor further wants truck drivers delivering foodstuff warned against making stopovers along the way and having the drivers escorted to places of offloading and back to their country,
Lenku has also called upon Kenyans to also stop movement into Tanzania warning that they are exposed to high risks of COVID-19 and free movement of people to and from Kajiado.