DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The government of
Tanzania on Friday denied reports by Kenyan media and social
media that claimed that President John Magufuli ordered the
expulsion of all Kenyans living at the Namanga border in the
Tanzanian side last week.
The Kenyan media and social
media reported last week that President Magufuli’s order
resulted into skirmishes between Tanzanians and Kenyans which
lasted for almost two days in the area.
A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East
African Cooperation said the news was false and was aimed at
tarnishing the good profile of President Magufuli that has been
set so far and the good image of Tanzania in general.
The government of Tanzania requested its Kenyan counterpart
to dismiss the falsified news, and instead the two governments
concentrate on forging bilateral relations that existed between
the two countries, said the statement.
"However, the Ministry of Home Affairs through its
Immigration Department conducted an ordinary exercise to deport
foreign nationals including Kenyans who live in Tanzania without
resident and work permits," said the statement.
The statement said it should be noted that one of the primary
responsibilities by the Immigration Department of any country
was to make sure that foreign nationals living in a particular
country abide with immigration rules, laws and regulations.
The government of Tanzania urged the media to stop spreading
falsified information that might cause unnecessary
inconveniences to citizens of the two countries, said the
It added that the government of Tanzania was committed to
collaborating with the government of Kenya in all areas of
cooperation, including partnership projects in the East African
Community for the benefit of all citizens in the region.