All transit cargo destined to Uganda, Rwanda, and South Sudan will be transported on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) as from June 1, in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 among Truck drivers around the East African Region.
This follows after a virtual meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta, President Yoweri Musesveni of Uganda, President Paul Kagame Of Rwanda, and President Salvar Maryardit Kiir of South Sudan.
In a statement by Transport CS James Macharia, the heads of state agreed to have an appropriate cross border modality to reduce human traffic movement without impacting negatively of cargo transportation across the borders.
The Presidents decided to have the cargo transported across the three East African countries through the SGR to facilitate the containment of Covid-19.“Transit cargo destined for Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan will be transported either on Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) for clearance at the Inland Container Depot(ICD) at Naivasha will be collected by trucks to the Partner States via Busia or Malaba. Further, fuel products will be transported by pipeline to Kisumu and thereafter by Lake Victoria to port Bell or Jinja.” The statement by Macharia indicates.
This comes amid rising cases of truck drivers being infected with coronavirus along with border points in the EastAfrican countries.