CONTAINING COVID-19

State closes three unmanned Tanzania entry points in Narok

Noor tells Kenyans at the border to stop visiting the country until virus is contained.

In Summary
  • Narok county has three unmanned entry points from Tanzania at Angata Barikoi, Loita and Olpusimoru.
  • Commissioner directs officers to be vigilant and on the lookout for any foreigner who might sneak to into country.
Transmara West subcounty commissioner Mohammed Hassan Noor (right) with other officials at the Kenya-Tanzania border at Angata Barikoi in Narok county
BORDER POINT: Transmara West subcounty commissioner Mohammed Hassan Noor (right) with other officials at the Kenya-Tanzania border at Angata Barikoi in Narok county
Image: KIPLANG'AT KIRUI

The government has closed the Tanzanian border in Narok as part of measures to contain Covid-19.

The state banned movement of people into and out of Tanzania.

Narok county has three unmanned entry points from Tanzania at Angata Barikoi, Loita and Olpusimoru. The official entry points are Namanga and Isebania.

Speaking after touring the Kenya-Tanzania border at Angata Barikoi, Transmara West subcounty commissioner Mohammed Hassan Noor told Kenyans living on the border to stop visiting the country until the virus is contained.

“We know there are Kenyans living on the border and have relatives in Tanzania. They should stop visiting until the Covid-19 pandemic is cleared," Noor said.

He held a meeting at Angata Barikoi police station with chiefs, village elders, religious leaders, Nyumbi Kumi elders and opinion leaders.

He directed them to be vigilant and on the lookout for any foreigner who might sneak into country.

“I am warning some Kenyans who have been visiting Tanzania secretly that they will be arrested and put under forced quarantine for defying government directives to combat the virus,” Noor said.

The administrator also banned mining in Lolgorian, saying Tanzanians have been streaming into the are for mineral business.

Tanzanians living along the border have promised to obey the government directive not cross into Kenya.

Marwa Chacha, a Tanzanian, said they were informed of the new measures by a Kenyan chief that they were not allowed to step on Kenyan soil.

Edited by Henry Makori