Tanzania has been left in the list of countries permitted to fly into Kenya even as International flights resume.
Those allowed include;
- South Korea
The list was on Thursday given by Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.
The ministry of foreign affairs on Tuesday refuted claims that delegation from Kenya en route to Tanzania to attend Late Benjamin Mkapa’s funeral was returned mid-air.
Aboard the plane was West Pokot Senator Samwel Phogisio.
As soon as the plane reached Monduli in Tanzania,it was returned to Nairobi.
Confirming the matter,Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs Minister Palamagamba Kabudi said they were anticipating President Uhuru’s envoy.
Introducing guests at the funeral service in Uhuru Stadium, Kabudi said they had received information that the plane carrying Poghisio had been forced to turn mid-air because of bad weather.
“We were expected to have with us the special envoy representing President Uhuru Kenyatta, Senator Samuel Losuron Poghisio… but we have received information that his plane was forced to turn mid-air in Monduli. The information we have is that the plane is expected to land safely in Nairobi,” Kabudi said.
The foreign affairs concurred with Tanzania authority version of the events.
“It was a technical problem. Kenya was, therefore, represented by High Commissioner Dan Kazungu. He is at the funeral service,” head of public communications Jane Kariuki said on the phone.
Claims that Tanzania might have been in a retaliatory mission to Kenya were deduced from comments made by president Kenyatta on Monday.
He said in his address that Kenyans should not think that countries that are not releasing data on Covid-19 are doing any better in mitigating the virus.
“Let’s not compare ourselves and say some places don’t have the virus. Why do we have it, and they don’t? Let me remind Kenyans, we live in a democracy where there is media freedom. As a state, we don’t have the power to hide anything. Whatever happens, we tell you.”
“There are others who have that power. But we are proud of the fact that we are a democracy and are able to tell each other the truth and face the reality instead of sweeping the truth under the carpet and have our citizens suffer quietly,” Uhuru said.
The last time Tanzania made public its covid-19 cases was in April 29 and stood at 480 and 21 fatalities.
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