Truck Drivers Agree to End Five-Day Strike, Traffic Resumes at Malaba Border


Photo of Kenyan Trucks. Photo Credit: Standard Media
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As of yesterday, trucks were seen parked all the way to Tororo in Uganda. The drivers decried the guidelines implemented by Uganda and Kenya governments to stem cross-border transmission of Covid-19 and used fuel tankers trucks to block both the entry and exit lanes at the Kenyan border.
They said the two governments trumpled upon their rights by subjecting them to long hours of waiting at the border for covid-19 results.
The drivers had threatened not to end the strike despite several engagements by both Ugandan and Kenyan officials, demanding a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta.
However, the Kenyan authorities communicated possible legal action for blocking an international road to the owners of the trucks at a meeting with the latter’s body, Kenya Transporters Association (KTA).

The drivers agreed to end the five-day protest after a meeting with KTA which advised that they cede ground.

The Kenyan government has ordered the removal of the tankers that drivers used to block the road and traffic has resumed at a slow pace as trucks headed to Kenya from Uganda are required to wait until traffic congestion from Kenya clears.

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