Nairobi – President John Magufuli has taken the first step to improve ties with neighboring nation Kenya. On his visit to capital Nairobi he directed the Foreign Affairs minister to ensure the Kenya-Tanzania Joint Commission for Cooperation issues are met by the year-end.
The same was also directed by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to improve relations betweet the two nations that can emerge as the best partners in Africa.
In past few years the ties between Tanzania and Kenya experienced frosty and bumbpy relations. The latest incidence responsible was in March this year when Tanzanian authorities detained couple of Kenyan officials including Energy CS Charles Keter while they was on a fact-finding mission for the best route of Ugandan oil pipeline.
However, in the Monday’s meeting Magufili said interests of his countrymen would be given more priority even when other countries too are joined to push for regional integration.
Magufuli said at a join press conference in the Kenyan capital, “I have told President Kenyatta about the reality in Tanzania to enable it to move forward… there are more Kenyan firms in Tanzania than any other African country’s.”
The president added he wants Tanzanian to pay taxes, to fight against corruption and also enable the country to move forward.
Currently there are 529 Kenyan companies in Tanzania and those have invested over Sh170 billion in the country. Also, more than 56,260 people are employed due to these companies in the country.
On his part at the press conference in State House the Kenyan President Uhuru said visit of Tanzanian President to his country is important as the two neighbors share common ideals as well as principles including democracy.