President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Tanzanian President John Pombe on Wednesday had a public telephone call which left senior government officials in stitches during a meeting at State House Dar es Salaam.
Uhuru warns Magufuli against "nyemelearing" CS Monica Juma
Magufuli put Uhuru on loudspeaker during a telephone call this afternoon
Kenyatta had sent a delegation led by Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma to deliver gold seized by Kenya Police to the Tanzanian President.
In line with their newfound camaraderie, Kenyatta made a live phone call to Magufuli to confirm the gold had arrived.
The Tanzanian President went ahead to express his admiration for Juma - prompting a soft warning from Kenyatta.
"Mbali ya kuwa ni mzuri, lakini anachapa kazi, anawakilisha vizuri (Apart from being very nice, she is very professional and is doing a great job representing Kenya)," Magufuli said in the conversation that was captured by media cameras.
"Wee wachana na huyo arudi nyumbani . Nitakutumia wale ambao nataka...(Leave that one alone, let her return to Kenya. I will send you those I would want...(inaudible)," Kenyatta shot back amid uproar from guests who had been following the conversation at the conference hall.
Juma was accompanied by among others, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji as they returned 35 kilograms of gold valued at Sh100 million.
Kenyatta said the gesture was a milestone in his partnership with Magufuli to lead the two countries in a fight against illegal border trade and corruption.
“My brother, I say we continue working together and Kenya and Tanzania has no borders as we agreed. We should help one another to fight corruption and to return money stolen from our people so that we build roads and connect our people to electricity,” Kenyatta said on phone.
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