President Uhuru Kenyatta seems to be aware that neighboring Tanzania has been negatively affected by Covid19 but they are not making it public. The Tanzanian government stopped publishing data on the number of coronavirus cases in the country.

In April, the last official data was released by the authorities was e 509 cases, with 21 deaths in Tanzania. Mr. Magufuli said last week that only .four patients were receiving treatment in the largest city, Dares Salaam.

Perhaps aware of the state in Magufuli’s country, President Kenyatta commented on the same while addressing the nation from the statehouse.
“We are living in abnormal times. Let us not think we are immune or special. We are not…Our media is free…Other countries are suffering and they don’t report”.

Tanzania’s government dismissed a US embassy warning that hospitals in the country were “overwhelmed” and that the chances of contracting the virus were “extremely high”.
Mr. Magufuli went ahead to order the re-opening of schools and places of worship. He said prayers could subjugate the deadly virus.

Tusijilinganishe “kusema wengine hawana” kuishi kwa nchi ya demokrasia; nchi ambayo ina uhuru wa wanahabari hatuwezi kuficha chochote “

By By Faith Kivuli

Multimedia journalist

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