In a bid to control inter-state spread of corona virus, Governments of East Africa are set to issue truck drivers with Covid19 Certificates.
The latest development was first revealed by Kenyan government as other countries including Uganda are expected to follow suit.
On Wednesday, Kenyan authorities through Secretary of transport Mr James Macharia said that local and cross-border drivers will be tested for Covid19 at least 48 hours before leaving their country to others.
Macharia said that this is part of additional measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus through imported cases.
He said that drivers will be required to produce a Covid-19 free certificate at the border points, adding that the directive will apply even to drivers entering the country from other neighboring regions.
“All truck drivers leaving our country to the neighboring country have to be tested at least 48 hours before they leave Nairobi or Mombasa because by the time they reach the border they must show a certificate that they are Covid-19 free,” said Macharia.
According to the new measure, all drivers carrying goods from the Mombasa Port and Inland Container Depots in Nairobi and Naivasha will be required to produce the Covid-19 free certificates.
In Uganda, stakeholders of long distance transport are meeting Thursday morning on the way forward in regards to the new guidelines announced by their counterparts from Kenya.
According to Abdulahi Swalleh the chairman of Haulage Truckers Uganda, the new development shall help ease traffic at the border points due to test.
Government health teams have so far been taking samples from drivers at the border points.
Truckers who spoke to Chimpreports said that truck turn around has been affected where drivers take up to two weeks to complete a Mombasa- Kampala trip.
Drivers also urged governments to set up numerous testing points along the corridor in order to ease congestion at border points.
However, the certificates will last for 14 days and thereafter truck drivers will be required to undertake the Covid-19 upon which the certificate will be renewed.