Dar’s interests won’t change, no matter who wins in Kenya polls
Monday August 7 2017
Tanzanian President John Magufuli (centre) and his wife Janet welcome Kenyan leader Raila Odinga to their home. PHOTO | NMG
Dr Magufuli, who won the Tanzania presidential election, is a longtime friend of Kenya’s opposition chief Raila Odinga, who is running against President Uhuru Kenyatta for the second time.
While the Dar-Nairobi relations have been cordial, they have occasionally been rocky. A trade war between the two East African Community members has been simmering in recent weeks, in spite of the Common Market Protocol.
Like the other neighbours, Tanzania is taking precautions in case the election results in violence like the one in 2007. Inspector General of Police Simon Sirro said he had put all the regions bordering Kenya on high alert to guard against possible illegal immigrants and rising crime levels.