Truck drivers’ strike at Malaba border enters a third day

Written by on January 6, 2022

Business at the Malaba border point has come to a halt as  truck drivers strike enters a third day.

The truck drivers are protesting against the mandatory fee of Ugx100,000 (3,600 Kshs.) charged for COVID-19 testing as they cross into Uganda.

The drivers who started the silent strike on Monday have since parked their trucks and sealed off the road vowing not to cross to Uganda until government harmonizes their positions on either reducing the charges or scrapping them completely just like in other countries in the region.

According to the drivers who are destined to various countries, the COVID-19 testing fee levied on them disregards the spirit of the East African Community integration.

Paul Kibii, a public health officer in the Port Health Services at Malaba on the Kenyan side said the drivers are right to complain because they undergo testing before setting off from Kenya.

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