The solution to the massive congestion of trucks at the border posts is to increase the Covid-19 testing capacity, East African Community and Regional Development Cabinet Secretary  Adan Mohamed has said.

Speaking during a meeting with transport sector stakeholders in Mombasa Town, Mohamed said he would consult with his Health ministry counterpart, Mutahi Kagwe, on the way forward.

“The Covid-19 testing centre at the Miritni Motor Vehicle Inspection Centre can only test 100 truck drivers a day out of the expected 600 on a daily basis,” he said.

The CS explained that the long traffic jams being witnessed at the Malaba border post were as a result of the truck drivers who rush ahead intending to be tested before crossing the border.

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He said it was important for all the stakeholders to understand why the regulations are there.

“Certification and other regulations facilitate the safe movement of cargo within the region,” he said.

For his part, the chairman of the Kenya Long-distance Drivers Association, Roman Waema, alleged that there was corruption in the Covid-19 testing, as some drivers had acquired certificates valid for a year.

Waema also lamented that a testing centre for truck drivers at Mai Mahiu had closed down only after a few days increasing the burden for those that were operational.

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