Kenyan truck drivers protest 50km jam at Malaba

Trucks lined up at Malaba border

Kenyan truck drivers Monday staged a protest against what they termed as an unacceptable situation at the Malaba border with Uganda.

They called upon the government of Uganda and that of Kenya to urgently resolve the situation at the Malaba one stop border point where they are being tested for Covid19.

This came after trucks lined up in the stiffest traffic jam that stretched for over 50 kilometres.

The drivers also claimed harassment, discrimination and stigmatization from the agitated local community.


Kenya transport Association CEO, Denis Ombok, said the current situation at the border is unacceptable and poses a very dangerous health and safety risk in the spread of covid19.

He said some trucks carry fuel and other dangerous cargo and yet they spend longer hours in traffic jam adding that interactions between the truckers and the community is ongoing which risks the spread of covid19.

He also cited lack of social distancing measures and sanitary conditions as well as lack of access to food and water.

72 more people tested positive for Covid-19, bringing total confirmed cases in Kenya to 1,286, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi has said in the latest update.

These were from 2,711 samples tested.

Of the new cases, 44 are male while 28 are female. Their ages range between 12 and 78 years.

One more person has died from the virus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 52.



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