The government of Tanzania has decided to nullify its approval for Kenya Airways flights effective August 1, 2020, until further notice.
Authorities in Tanzania have decided that the Kenya Airways will not be allowed access into the county as part of a response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
According to the authorities, the Kenya Airways flights were being banned “on a reciprocal basis” after Kenya earlier decided against including Tanzania in a list of countries whose passengers would be permitted to enter Kenya when commercial flights resumed on 1 August.
As a result, authorities in Tanzania have also banned Kenya’s national airline from entering their country following a deepening row triggered by Tanzania’s controversial handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a statement released by the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority director-general Hamza Johari, effective August 01, Tanzanian nullified all flights between Nairobi and Dar/Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar until further notice.
“Tanzania has noted… its exclusion in the list of countries whose people will be allowed to travel into Kenya,” Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority director-general Hamza Johari said in a letter sent to Kenya Airways on Friday.
“The Tanzanian government has decided to nullify its approval for Kenya Airways (KQ) flights between Nairobi and Dar/Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar effective August 1, 2020 until further notice,” Johari’s statement read.
He also stressed that all previous arrangements permitting the Kenyan Airways into their country have been revised and put on hold until such a time when they feel it’s effective.
This comes at a time when the Kenyan government recently criticised their counterparts in Tanzania about how they have mismanaged the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Despite an increase in cases as notable sources in the country notify, Tanzania’s President Magufuli continues to issue statements of how his country has managed to defeat the pandemic.
He last month, declared Tanzania coronavirus free, thanking God and the prayers of citizens for the disease’s defeat disease.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Tanzania, President Magufuli has remained reluctant to impose a lockdown or other social operating procedures and measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Magufuli has deliberately kept churches and several other activities operating freely and the only few such as schools, sports activities among others that had been put on a standstill immediately following the outbreak of the COVID-19, they also began reopening them about two months ago.
In April, while declaring his country as coronavirus free, he ordered all media organizations and researchers in Tanzania to stop disclosing figures concerning infections and deaths from COVID-19 something that has since not gone down well with many of Tanzania’s close neighbours and the World Health Organization.