- The Tanzanian President’s edict did not go down well with Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku, who accused his of sabotaging good neighbourliness.
- The auctioned cows belonged to farmers from Loikitokitok, in Kajiado South.
The dispute between Kenya and Tanzania over pasture has deepened with Tanzanian President John Magufuli declaring that his country is not grazing land for Kenyan cows.
Mr Magufuli was reacting controversy generated by the decision of a Tanzanian court to auction 1,300 cows belonging to Kenyan Maasais that had been confiscated for grazing across the border.
EYE FOR AN EYE
In a press statement issued from State House, Mr Magufuli said that Tanzania followed the law by arresting and auctioning the cows belonging to Kenyans.
“Let them (Kenyans) also take similar action if cows from Tanzania are arrested in their country,” he said without mentioning Kenya by name.
The Tanzanian President’s edict did not go down well with Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku, who accused his of sabotaging good neighbourliness.
“This man (President Magufuli) is a disgrace to East Africans. He continues to sabotage good neighbourliness with his government officers harassing Kenyans over flimsy grounds,” said Mr Lenku.
“I have lobbied for diplomacy to apply when issues arise in mutual respect of East Africa citizens. However, Maasai Morans are being driven to defend themselves. We can’t tolerate this anymore.”