Kenya, TZ trade tension intensifies after Magufuli auctions 1300 Kenyan cows

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 –  Kenya has written an official protest note to Tanzania over the confiscation and auction of 1300 cows and burning of day-old 6500 chicks from Kenya.


Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed has expressed the act as unfortunate calling for an amicable lasting solution to the matter.

The move comes a day after President of Tanzania John Pombe Magufuli, insisted that his government will continue to capture livestock that will enter the country from neighboring countries.

“It is unfortunate that trade between the two countries is facing regulatory hurdles that have seen a reciprocal blockade of certain goods between Kenya and Tanzania,” She said on Wednesday in a news conference.


More than 1300 cattle were auction in Arusha for Sh93 million with the Minister of Livestock in Tanzania claiming that they cows were feared to spread diseases in Tanzania, while 6,500 day-old chicks were burned for the same reason.

“Two wrongs don’t make a right. Labour and East African Community Cabinet Secretary Phillis Kandie is attending the Third African Judicial Dialogue, organised by the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) she is also addressing the issue,” she said.

Magufuli on Tuesday said Tanzania is not a veterinarian field for livestock and that he will take livestock in strict control of any domestic animal.

There has been a rising trade tension between the two neighbors since Magufuli took over power

In April, Kenyans at the Namanga border post staged demonstrations against harassment by the Tanzanian authorities.

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