How much longer will Kenya and Tanzania fight?
20 March 2015, 12:07
Nairobi - The unending diplomatic rows between Kenya and Tanzania look no closer to disappearing after Kenya Airways were forced to reduce the number of flights they take to Dar es Salaam.
The national carrier, which on Tuesday retired 10 of its senior
pilots in an attempt to cut down losses, said in a statement that it was
reducing its weekly flights to Tanzania from 42 to 14 effective
The move was forced on the airline by communication from Tanzania, which has of late been unhappy with a number of resolutions reached between the two nations as regards tourism.
" Kenya Airways wishes to notify its
customers that it has reduced its frequencies to Dar es Salaam from 42
to 14 per week and will now only fly twice daily from March 19th March
2015, the airline said.
" This is as a result of a communication from the
Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) to the Kenya Civil Aviation
Authority (KCAA) reducing flight frequencies of Kenyan carriers into
Tanzania," it added.
The airline’s announcement comes as
officials from the Kenyan government reached out to their Tanzanian
counterparts with a view to resolving the current impasse between the two nations.
According to experts, the row is skin deep and has been felt especially in efforts to set up the East African Community.
" Tanzania has failed to offer goodwill in efforts to form the EAC and they are the ones dragging their feet in many resolutions. You get the feeling they are not at ease with Kenya," James Mungai, a diplomacy specialist argues.
Senator Kithuri Kindiki has also grown tired of the wrangles and has urged both nations to sort it out.
" It is about time both governments sort out this issue for the better of the people of the two nations," he said Friday.
For now, Kenya Airways, who have struggled badly in recent times will suffer and hope that a solution can be reached over the matter.
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