Operations at the Namanga one stop border point came to a stop yesterday after Kenya and Tanzania disagreed on the procedure of testing truck drivers for Covid 19.
The diplomatic row comes barely two weeks after the two countries signed an MOU to facilitate seamless cross border movement of goods.
There has been no movement at the customs although the border was not officially closed the entry remained closed.
Kenya’s newly installed mobile clinic at the border which can test 500-600 samples daily was deserted while hundreds of trucks were parked on both sides of the border.
The truck drivers mingled freely,in total disregard of the social distancing requirement.
“I reached the border yesterday night from Nairobi but although I have a Covid 19 clearance certificate to get into Tanzania to get onions and come back,Tanzanian Authorities have refused to let us through”John Muhia said.
Meanwhile Tanzanian drivers said that they will not be subjected to another Covid 19 Test by Kenyan authorities.
As a result of the stalemate drivers transporting perishable goods are incurring serious losses.