Uganda suspends Covid testing at Kenyan borders over gridlock

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Part of the plan to clear the traffic snarl-up, the Star has established, entails deploying health officials on the Kenyan side of the border to conduct rapid Covid-19 tests on truckers crossing into Uganda.

According to the Kenya Transporters Association, introducing rapid testing for coronavirus and increasing the number of health personnel testing for the respiratory disease at the border will raise the number of truckers being cleared to cross the border per day.

The traffic jam has persisted despite last week’s decision by Uganda to suspend a Covid-19 testing fee, which the East African country introduced in late December for truckers.

The introduction of the fee led to a strike by the truckers who claimed it was discriminatory and exploitative.

The truckers called off the strike on Tuesday last week after 11 days.

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