Intel insights: Curious case of Tanzania virtually shunning the 3rd EAC Heads of State Conclave on Inter-Congolese Dialogue in Nairobi, represented by 'low level' delegation.
Bottom Line Up Front
- It remains unclear why Tanzania shunned the all important regional meeting which saw other memmbers of EAC represented by their heads of state.
- However, an ongoing dispute between the Maasai and the Tanzanian government over a 1,500 square km piece of land recently which has resulted in violent clashes, with some of the former seeking refuge in Kenya.
- Some Kenyan politicians of Maasai origin have openly been critical of the Tanzanian government's handling of the dispute.
- Some voices in Tanzania have accused Kenya of inciting the Maasai in order to sabotage the tourism industry
Why the curiosity about Tanzania?
Probably. For one, sending an ambassador to a meeting of presidents might not sit so well with other EAC members, which are all vital neighbours to Tanzania. With Vice President Philip Mpango and PM Kassim Majaliwa and Foreign Minister Liberat Mulamula available, any could have represented President Samia Suluhu Hassan at the Conclave rather than Dar's envoy to Kenya, John Simbachawene.
Furthermore, Tanzania has more than 800 troops in the MONUSCO force serving in the Eastern DRC, and they were recently under attack when M23 militia attacked a UN base in Rutshuru.