Govt quizzes US envoy on Twitter travel alerts

27May 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Govt quizzes US envoy on Twitter travel alerts

​​​​​​​ISSUANCE of various unconfirmed traveller alerts through the social media yesterday brought the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation to summon the acting United States Ambassador Dr Inmi Patterson for explanation.

In the meeting at the ministry’s Dar es Salaam offices, Permanent Secretary Colonel Wilbert Ibuge expressed sadness on the way the embassy has been issuing various statements especially travel advisories.

He said that those advisories are misleading people on how Tanzania was handling the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ranking diplomat was summoned to explain one travel advisory which stated that Tanzania still has lots of Covid-19 patients in Dar es Salaam.

He specifically mentioned the embassy’s traveller alerts issued on May 13 and 25 through its Twitter handle that warned US nationals that Dar es Salaam region is not safe,  having a lot of Covid-19 patients.

“The embassy claimed in its warnings that several hospitals in Dar es Salaam are overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients – false and unconfirmed information,” said Colonel Ibuge, as such statements may bring shock among Tanzanians and foreign visitors.

Colonel Ibuge reminded the embassy on the importance of issuing accurate information as the government's doors are open for ambassadors to seek and verify information.

The permanent secretary meanwhile commended the US envoy for cooperation on various issues.

Tanzania and the United States have long historical ties and cooperate in health, education, trade, investment, defense and security sectors among other spheres, he added.

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