Kenyan traders block Tanzania goods in Namanga border standoff

Wednesday August 8 2018

Namanga border point

Protesters lit bonfires on the road leading to the immigration desk at the Namanga border point. Kenyans protested mistreatment by Tanzanian authorities on August &, 2017, after several milk traders were arrested and placed in custody in Tanzania. PHOTO | JOSEPH NGUNJIRI | NMG 

By BUSINESS DAILY
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Business and transport was paralysed at the Namanga border on Tuesday as Kenyans protested mistreatment by Tanzanian authorities after several milk traders were arrested and placed in custody last Saturday.

Traders on both sides of the border incurred big losses at the key entry and exit point for goods as heavy police presence did little to return normalcy.

The busy Namanga road was barricaded at Ilbisil and Namanga towns, blocking hundreds lorries ferrying goods from Tanzania to Nairobi.

About 100 trailers ferry goods into Kenya daily, underlining long-running trade disputes between the two countries that has seen Tanzania recently restrict entry