BY DRAXON MALOYA
People living on the boarder between Malawi and Tanzania and Malawi have expressed concerns with the recent measures taken by the Tanzanian government in the wakes of fighting the possible transmission of the deadly COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus.
One of the concerned citizens plying trade between the two countries penned this publication expressing worries with the growing hostility measures being put in place by officials on the Tanzanian side.
The said letter which we have a copy reads as follows:
Songwe Border has now become difficult to cross due to the pandemic,our counter part Tanzania Today through Their Kyela DC and Mbeya Region Commissioner came and addressed their people at kasumulu (Tz side)…concerning measures to avoid this Convid-19.
In their measures, they have also told everyone that they will not allow a Tanzania or Malawian to go in and out of Tanzania Through Songwe-Kasumulu border. Instead
- If one found insisting to cross will be put into Quarantine for 14days this will be applied to any of the citizens of these countries.
- Malawian Drivers are not allowed to proceed to DSM to carry IT’s(Used vehicles) therefore the Malawian importers should engage Tanzanian Drivers to deliver vehicles up to Kasumulu side and Malawian drivers shall be allowed to collect them from there right away at the border.
On Thursday, President Peter Mutharika confirmed three cases of coronavirus to three Malawians in his state of nation address.