Aug 9, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Uganda bows to truckers’ demands

The Ugandan authorities have finally started to clear truck crews with negative Covid-19 test results for transit through the country within 72 hours.

Uganda also agreed to recognize PCR test results from Kenya, as long as they are carried out in one of the recognized laboratories of the EAC Secretariat.

In a statement by the Ugandan Health Director Dr. Henry Mwebesa states that the new measure will help alleviate the traffic jam at the borders after the drivers’ strike that began on Monday to release their accompanying staff with negative Covid-19-PCR results within 72 hours “, Mwebesa wrote to the district health officer in border districts.

The measure was decided at the interim ministerial meeting of Uganda, chaired by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja.

With the move, Kampala seems to give in to the pressure of logistics and players in the transport industry are harmonizing Covid-19 test modalities with other member states of the East African Community (EAC).

Uganda’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for EAC Affairs, Rebecca Kadaga, has been tasked with working with the block secretariat to harmonize the Covid-19 modalities.

By experts from the EAC The Secretariat is expected to make recommendations of US $ 30 that Uganda will impose for Covid-19 tests at its entry points, regardless of whether the drivers have valid test certificates.

The drivers complained that Uganda deviates from the EAC agreement 2020, that truckers who have been tested for Covid-19 in every member state receive a certificate with a validity period of 14 days and that those with valid certificates can move freely within the EAC region more Tests required.

The truck drivers who started the silent strike on Monday parked their trucks and blocked off the road, or scrapped the mandatory tests as in the other EAC states.