The East Africa Community Secretariat has rolled out its Regional Electronic Cargo and Driver Tracking System that will enable authorities to electronically track positive COVID- 19 cases among truck drivers.
Under this system, a Covid-19 digital certificate issued by one country will be mutually recognized by the other countries, thus eliminating the need for multiple testing.
In April and May, truck drivers twice blocked the Uganda- Kenya highways at the border points, protesting the slow COVID -19 testing process that took days for one to be cleared.
At that time, more than half the cases in Uganda were drivers from Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania.
The European Union Ambassador to Kenya, Simon Mordue hailed the joint initiative saying a common approach to tackling the threat of Corona Virus to the East African Community’s economy is paramount.
The Chairman, Uganda Cargo Consolidators Association, Kenneth Ayebare says what is important is that the system aims at reducing the time it takes for a truck to move cargo from Mombasa to Kampala, and he hopes this will be achieved. Mr. Kenneth on trucks speaking;….
The Ministry of health has warned the public to follow standard operating procedures against the spread of COVID-19.Ends