Two Kenyan journalists were on Saturday arrested in Tanzania over illegal entry into the country and have been charged.
The two men were working for Kenya’s, Elimu TV. The cameraman Clinton Isimbu (22) and reporter Kaleria Shadrack have been charged with illegal entry into the country and also, working without a legal permit while at it.
The two are said to have gained entry into the country through Panya routes.
“Watuhiwa hao waliingia nchini kwa kutumia njia za panya. Kwa sasa watuhumiwa wote wawili tumewakabidhi Idara ya Uhamiaji Mkoa Wa Arusha kwa hatua zaidi za kisheria,” he said.
They pleaded guilty to both charges and were fined Sh23,000 (Tsh500,000) for each offence which means they will have to part with Sh46,000. If they fail to pay the fine, Isimbu and Kaleria risk serving a 3-year jail sentence.
President Uhuru Kenyatta closed the Tanzania border over an upsurge of COVID-19 cases on Saturday. This was after several truck drivers had tested positive after getting back from Tanzania.
In retaliation, the Tanzanian government banned Kenyans even cargo drivers from crossing over to the country.
“All trucks with goods owned by a Tanzanian, and need to enter Tanzania, or they belong to someone else but the order was made by a Tanzanian, find another truck to take the goods to the final destination. Vehicles from any other countries will not be allowed,” said the Minister.
The two were detained at Longido Police Station.