By The guardian reporter 8th April 2010 The ivory jigsaw between Kenya and Tanzania is not over, although there are now reports of silent maneuvers to end the row through diplomacy.... Kenya fought tooth and nail to be sure that Tanzanias proposal did not go through. Botswana minister for Wildlife and Tourism, Onkokame Kitso Mokaila, was quoted as saying the position taken by Kenya and her allies was against the spirit of international co-operation. This incident reminded me of what a friend from Uganda asked me some few years back, that why are we Tanzanians so eager to go into regional integration with Kenya, do we have such a short memory or are we just too trusting? He went on to explain that technically it was Kenya (and not Id Amin of Uganda) that killed the first East African integration, and reminded me how, just before the break of the former East African Community, they would hoarded buses, train wagons and locomotives of the then East African Railways and send back to Uganda and Tanzania old ones. He also told me they also hoarded East African Airways aeroplanes when flew to Nairobi, and how a Tanzanian pilot, Captain Mapunda, managed to sneak one plane back to Dar es Salaam from Nairobi, and was regarded as a national hero when he landed the plane in Dar es Salaam. This was followed by a period of angry verbal attacks between the two countries, with words like "manyang'au" featuring frequently in "Mazungumzo baada ya Habari", Radio Tanzania. He said it was because of what Kenya did in the lead up to the break of the former East African Community that before embarking on the new EAC Kenya was told to compensate Tanzania and Uganda because of what they did back in 1978. Then there was this amazingly crazy stunt that the Kenyans pulled. After one of the great wilderbeast (and other animals) Manyara river crossing into Kenya, they decided to build a fence on the border so that the animals would not cross back to Tanzania! Of course when the time for the animals to cross back to Tanzania came, the fence was pushed down by the overwhelming number of animals, but lots of the animals got maimed and killed. It was such a disaster instigated by a very high degree of stupid selfishness. And of course, while Tanzania was very much involved in assisting in the liberation struggle of Southern African countries, Kenya was busy doing business with the South Africa apartheid government. Apartheid South Africa was getting vegetables from Kenya, in spite of a worldwide agreement to boycott trade with the inhuman apartheid regime. Because of this, when travelling back to South Africa from an OAU meeting, President Mbeki snubbed President Moi when the latter went to see him at Jomo Kenyatta airport. His assistants told Moi that president Mbeki was sleeping and thus he could not meet Moi.The papers in Kenya were full of the story. And now, in the middle of fast tracking a new East African Community, for which Kenya is advocating so loudly to include land issues, Kenya went behind our backs and stabbed us big time. Their partner in this venture was Rwanda, the very people in power that a few years ago made break a world record of having the biggest number of refugees. Ironically, when we had them as refugees, it was at a great cost to our biodiversity, and now they are accusing us of not taking good care of our biodiversity. So, could it be true that we Tanzanians have short memories and are too trusting?