Tanzania now claims the Kenyan government did not warn its citizens about an order issued by the Tanzanian Government to its neighbors restricting free movement of alien cattle on their land.
Responding to a myriad of issues that have appeared to put the relations of the two countries at crossroads, among them the recent confiscation of cattle belonging to Kenyans and selling them, the Tanzania government was categorical that this was not an isolated case targeting Kenya and its nationals but an order that was directed to all countries bordering Tanzania.
The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Investment Prof Adolf Faustine Mkenda who spoke to Kenya Broadcasting Corporation on phone says what happened was a clear case of Kenyans not following the laid down rules and just like President John pombe Magufuli said, Tanzanians have also been warned against flouting the border rules.
This was his response to the protest letter written to Tanzania by the Kenya government.
Prof Mkenda has also accused the Kenyan media of overplaying what he termed as small misunderstanding between Kenya and Tanzania.
He called on Kenyan media to dig deeper into matters of such nature before running with the story to avoid jeopardizing the rich relations that the two neighboring countries have enjoyed for decades.
Earlier this week, Magufuli said he was unapologetic on the auctioning of over 1000 Kenyan cattle that trespassed in to Tanzania.
A week ago Tanzania burnt 6,400 one-day-old chicks from Kenya worth over Sh500, 000 in bird flu fears saying it would be so expensive and catastrophic for their farmers if an outbreak was to happen.
A ban instituted in 2007 restricts Tanzania from importing chicken.