Kenyan long-distance truck drivers have urged the government to hold negotiations with the neighbouring countries on the validity of the Covid-19 test certificates.
This follows complaints by the Kenyan drivers that they are being forced to be tested again once they reach the border points as they seek to travel to the neighbouring countries.
The chairman of the Mombasa County Long-Distance Truck Drivers Association, Roman Waema, expressed the drivers’ concern while speaking at the Vehicle Inspection Centre’s Covid-19 testing unit on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway.
“We want to know for how long the certificates issued after testing in Kenya are valid? We urge the government to intervene,” Waema said.
He also asked that the issuing of the results be expedited after the testing for the coronavirus disease to allow the drivers to quickly continue with their journeys.
He also said that the drivers were happy about the recent transfer of the Covid-19 testing unit from Miritini Health Centre to the highway, which was more convenient to them.
Jomvu MP Badi Twalib also asked the government to speed up the tests and issuing of results to reduce the time being wasted by drivers and curb losses suffered by the transporters.
“I urge the governments to allow the truck drivers to use the certificates for 14 days,” he insisted.
MP Twalib was happy, as last week, he had appealed to the Ministry of Health to move the testing unit from the Miritini residential area to prevent the spread of the deadly respiratory disease to the locals.