Jan 25, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Kenyan transporters call off strike after Uganda cedes to demands

The Kenyan long-distance hauliers called off their strike after Uganda suspended the mandatory tests of truck drivers at its borders after the ministerial meeting of the member states of the East African Community (EAC) on Monday.

A ministerial meeting of the line ministries of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan, which were held to solve the current dead end at the borders, agreed that Uganda should allow all truck drivers with negative Covid-19 results from the member countries to continue their journey.

“Resolution of the January 10th ministerial meeting to overcome the impasse on Kenya’s borders with Uganda has decided that the Ugandan Ministry of Health will recognize the Kenya results uploaded to the Regional Electronic Cargo and Drivers Trucking System (RECDTS) “, the message from the meeting said.

The four ministers also agreed that all countries should follow current EAC protocols and that Uganda should not fall back on 72-hour validity of results until all EAC countries discussed and agreed on it.

“All countries confirm that the negative results of fully vaccinated drivers should be valid for 14 days and that a follow-up meeting should be held on the 14th . January 2022 to review the situation, “the statement said.

The Minister of Health of Uganda also agreed that in future the drivers or transport companies should not bear the costs of tests, but of the importers. < / p>

Following the above concessions, the Kenya Transporters Association Limited (KTA) sent a notice to its more than 5,000 striking members to resume their journey.

“We know the difficult ones Circumstances and the hardship, We will end the strike, but remain vigilant while we monitor the implementation of the resolutions, “said KTA Chairman Newton Wang’oo.

” We would like to Transport companies and drivers advise to continue their journeys and cross the borders into Uganda while we continue to involve stakeholders. ”

The truckers have been on a silent strike since the beginning of this month, during which they leave their trucks and sealed off the road to the Kenya-Uganda border, vowing not to cross into Uganda until the government harmonized their positions, abolished the Covid-19 test fees of USD 30 or the mandatory tests as in the other EAC states has.