Already strained relation between Kenya and Tanzania deteriorated still further on Tuesday (31 December) after Tanzania banned all Kenya lorries from using its roads in transit to Zambia.
CV & LV trucks in Kenatco depot (3 shots)
CU newspaper headlines (4 shots)
CU MR. Juma Boy talks with reporter
SV (mute) Mr. J. Gitau with reporter
CU Gitau speaks.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: JUMA BOY: "Well, so far as we are concerned in COTU, I don't say that there have been mass dismissals on (indistinguishable) from the Tanzanian side, but we have two records in Kenya here that two top officials working in the East African Community.... have been either expelled unaware of.... denied their staying in Tanzania an what.... but the fact remains that they have left the country under pressure, and with this view I think that they may have been undermined.... and I maintain it."
SEQ. 5: GITAU: " I'm pressing the government to come up with a policy or a statement in this ??? and I hope they will be doing so. But I would't ??? really, the whole problem is a kenatco one. It's certainly not..... it's a national problem....this business of people being expelled from Tanzania and Kenya wanting to do the same has nothing to do with Kenatco. But it's affecting.
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This film includes interviews with Mr. Juma Bay acting secretary-general of the Kenya Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU), and Mr. J. Gitau, the general manager of Kenatco.
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Background: Already strained relation between Kenya and Tanzania deteriorated still further on Tuesday (31 December) after Tanzania banned all Kenya lorries from using its roads in transit to Zambia.
Kenya's government-controlled transport company, Kenatco, promptly retaliated by halting all traffic destined for both Zambia and Tanzania. The move followed a statement by the Tanzanian Ministry of Works that "as long as Kenya unilaterally seals its borders with Tanzania, Kenatco trucks will be forbidden to carry but any trade with Zambia using Tanzanian roads."
Adding to the disputes, Kenya newspapers have scoused Tanzania of expelling hundreds or even thousands of Kenya citizen in recent months, and have called on the government to out all Tanzanians working in Kenya. More than 50,000 Tanzanians work in the Kenya port city of Mombasa alone.
The dispute between the two normally friendly countries began 1 December, when Tanzania imposed ??? Kenyan lorries exceeding 18.5 tons from using its northern road routes to land-locked Zambia, with which Kenya has a thriving two-way trade, Tanzania attributed the van to a need for extensive road repairs -- to reason not accepted by either Kenya or Zambia. They are convinced that Tanzania, suffering severe economic problems, wants a there of their trade, and in seeking to gain it by its suggested alternative of moving goods by ??? to Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian capital, from where thy would be carried to Zambia in tanzanian lorries.