Two Kenyan journalists have been arrested in Tanzania for allegedly interviewing members of the public on the status of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The two detained at Longido Police Station as Tanzania authorities intensify their investigations before they are arraigned in a court of law.

Longido District Commissioner Frank Mwaisumbe insists the journalists were in Tanzania illegally and that they did not have official documents required by the Tanzanian authorities.

The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has since taken up the matter that has come up when diplomatic ties between Kenya and Tanzania have been strained mainly due to the covid-19 pandemic with Kenya closing her borders with her neighbour.

Speaking to Kenyan Breaking on phone, MCK’s Head of Media Development and Strategy Victor Bwire revealed that they had swung into action with regards to the matter.

“We are trying to use diplomacy to secure their release. But as of now, we have not made any big progress,” Bwire said.

MCK’s Head of Media Development and Strategy Victor Bwire. PHOTO/COURTESY

On Sunday, Tanzania banned Kenyan trucks from stepping on their soil in what looked like a retaliatory attack after president Uhuru Kenyatta closed the border between the two countries on Saturday.

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