Truck drivers protest delayed Covid-19 tests in Malaba

Written By: Muraya Kamunde

Long-distance truck drivers in Malaba have protested the delay in Covid-19 test results before crossing to neighbouring countries.

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The Government made it mandatory for truck drivers to be tested and issued a Covid-19 clearance certificate as part of the Health Ministry’s measures to curb the virus.

The drivers have instead decided to stay put paralyzing traffic with no truck entering the one-stop border.

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They are demanding that the government gives direction on why results of several drivers have been put to a halt since Thursday or else they won’t move

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Early in the week, they stormed Malaba Police station demanding the officer in charge of Teso North Police division to address them over the delay.

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The public health officers have since admitted that the testing machines at Alupe Hospital have since failed to work.

According to some health officials, tests are being taken to Moi Referral Hospital for testing despite the fact that Kisumu is unable to take more samples for tests.

Currently, the stretch has spread beyond Bugembe almost fifty kilometres from the one-stop border post. The same scenario did happen earlier this year’s blocking the entry point and exit to the partner states.

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The order was resolved when Deputy Inspector General of administration police Gabow Noor led a team of engineer’s police officers from the Western Region to ensure there was a smooth exit.

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