Police today, 26th May, intercepted two Tanzanian truck drivers, who allegedly sneaked away after testing positive for Covid-19, and continued their journey to Kenya.
A group of officers from Matuu Police Station cornered the suspects along the Thika-Garissa highway and impounded their vehicles.
Yatta Sub-County Police Commander Mary Njoki said in her office that she had received reports yesterday, 25th May, from the Kenya-Tanzania Malaba border Covid-19 team about Tanzanian truck drivers who fled after testing positive for the deadly respiratory disease.
“I was notified yesterday and my officers intercepted them on their way from Thika to Masinga,“ she said
The trucks were taken to Matuu Police Station for fumigation as the two drivers were taken to Kinanie quarantine centre in Athi River Sub-County, Machakos County for further examination.
Transport ministers from the East African Community member countries held a meeting today to deliberate on the controversy over the testing of the truck drivers in the region.
Kenyan truck drivers have called for the validity of the Covid-19 certificates to be accepted in the other countries instead of having to carry out fresh tests before allowing them to cross the borders.
There have been long traffic jams to the border crossing points, with drivers and cargo owners complaining about the costly delays as they wait for the medical clearance.