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Dr. Richard Sezibera wants the dispute on tour resolved swiftly and amicably

Dr. Sezibera urged Kenya and Tanzania to amicablye solve their dispute
The East African Community ( EAC ) yesterday urged Tanzania and Kenya to amicably resolve the dispute caused by the decision to deny Tanzanian-registered tour vans entry into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport ( JKIA ) in Nairobi.

EAC Secretary-General Richard Sezibera told journalists in his office that it was the wish of the regional organisation to see the issue resolved swiftly and amicably for the benefit of the region. He said they will encourage anything that will facilitate regional integration. Dr. Sezibera added that his office had not been officially notified of the problem, but promised that the tourism unit within the secretariat in Arusha would make a follow up since tourism was a key economic sector for the bloc.

Tanzanian Natural Resources and Tourism minister Lazaro Nyalandu on Saturday assured owners of the vehicles affected by the ban that he would travel to Nairobi this week to discuss the crisis with his Kenyan counterpart. The two EAC partner states are major competitors in the multi-million-dollar tourism industry and attract over half of the nearly four million tourists visiting the region annually.

The two countries agreed in 1985 that Kenyan tourist vehicles should not be allowed into Tanzania’s national parks in a move aimed at protecting and empowering Tanzanian tour operators.


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