Long distance truck drivers under the Uganda Professional Drivers’ Network have defended their colleagues who went on strike at the two borders of Malaba and Elegu a few days ago over what they described as stressful working conditions.
This after a crisis held yesterday at Malaba border between the drivers and authorities from Kenya and Uganda ended in a stalemate.
According to the network’s spokesperson Byron Kinene, the drivers rejected the outcomes of the meeting demanding that the agreed positions be formalized by the Uganda government.
The drivers parked fuel tankers at the border last week, blocking entry and exit of any truck from Kenya and Uganda in protest against the working conditions that they claim are hampering their operations especially in Uganda.
He says the majority of the drivers have gone without food for several days and spent a lot as they wait for their coronavirus test results at various border points.
Kinene also says the ministry of health has failed to release results within the 45-minute stipulated period, which has increased the risk of other drivers contracting coronavirus from their colleagues who are already sick.