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Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu visits Kenya on Tuesday, State House confirms

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Tanzanian counterpart Samia Suluhu is scheduled to visit Kenya on Tuesday, State House spokesman Kanena Dena Mararo confirmed.

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In a brief press release issued on Sunday, Kanze Dena said Suluhu would arrive in the country on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, for a two-day State Visit.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta will receive his Tanzanian counterpart at the State House, Nairobi on the same day,” the statement read.

President Kenyatta, last month, through Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, invited the new Head of State of Tanzania to Kenya.

The visit aims to strengthen Kenya’s ties and cooperation with the neighboring country.

Kenya-Tanzania trade relations have been lukewarm.

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The previously strained relations led to the closure of borders, especially during the COVID-19 disaster under the late President John Pombe Magufuli.

Recently, Kenya banned the importation of maize from Tanzania and Uganda with high levels of aflatoxin.

Through a letter dated March 5, 2020, signed by the acting director general of the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA), Kello Harsana, it was revealed that imported maize from the aforementioned countries contained high levels of mycotoxins that exceed the limits of Section 10 per billion (ppb).

The Ministry of Agriculture later lifted the ban but imposed stricter rules on importers.

The Ministry of Agriculture said in March that all stakeholders handling maize imports would be required to register, incoming shipments must be accompanied by a certificate of compliance with aflatoxin standards and that traders must provide details of their warehouses.

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Tuesday’s visit will be the second of Juluhu’s departure from the country since taking office from Magufuli, who passed away in March this year.

On April 11, he visited Uganda where Tanzania and the host country signed plan to build East Africa’s first oil pipeline.

The Suluhu administration and that of President Yoweri Museveni entered into an agreement to build a 1,445km crude oil pipeline, $ 3.5 billion (Ksh375 billion).

A similar agreement that would see the pipeline passed through Kenya failed in 2016 after the Ugandan authorities chose Tanzania over our country.

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When choosing the Tanzania route, Uganda mentioned security concerns and costs.

In their talks with their Kenyan counterparts, Ugandan officials had suggested a shorter route through Nairobi, but it failed because it would need to be relocated.

Officials were concerned that if the pipeline was built through Lokichar to Lamu Port, construction would be delayed by settlement cases.

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