TANZANIA DISMISSES CLAIMS IT IS INTERFERING IN KENYA’S UPCOMING ELECTIONS

DAR-ES-SALAAM, The Tanzanian government has dismissed as baseless and malicious allegations that it is interfering with Kenya's imminent general election.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation, Dr Augustine Mahiga, told the media here Monday that all the ballot papers for casting and counting of votes for the Aug 8 general election are in the hands of Kenyans themselves.

What we know is that the voting exercise will be monitored electronically from the polling stations to (the electoral commission) headquarters. There is literally no room for cheating," he added.

"We have been in good relationship with Kenya for many years, why didn't we interfere with their elections in all those past years? Those are mere rumours that should be ignored by both Kenyans and Tanzanians."

He told journalists that he was meeting them to talk about the removal of tit-for-tat trade barriers which the two neighbouring countries had imposed and said: Despite our joint press release on Sunday in Nairobi with my Kenyan counterpart, I have also decided to repeat it here that we agreed to lift bans on products imported from both countries.

The two countries agreed to lift restrictions on exports of wheat flour and cooking gas to Kenya and allow milk and cigarette imports from Kenya into Tanzania. The agreement followed discussions between President John Magufuli and his Kenyan counterpart, President Uhuru Kenyatta, said Dr Mahiga, who added that the two leaders had agreed on implementation of their accord to take immediate effect. -

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK