Deputy Governor calls for testing of truck drivers for Covid 19

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Turkana Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro

Turkana deputy governor Peter Lotethiro has said truck drivers would be required to produce certificates indicating they are free from Covid 19 before they can be allowed to enter the county.

This contradicts the county commissioner Muthama Wambua who has maintained that screening is ongoing for all persons entering the county.

Addressing the media and county residents through the local FM stations during Madaraka day celebrations at Ekaales center, Lotethiro said that lack of testing of truck drivers would lead to an upsurge of Covid 19 cases in the county.

In a rejoinder county commissioner Muthama Wambua said the truck drivers are screened for temperatures just like other vehicle users and wondered why the county government was targeting truck drivers.

He said that demanding truck drivers to produce Covid 19 certificates would amount to applying double standards because the truck drivers travel from as far as Mombasa without being asked to show certificates of Covid 19 testing but are screened for temperatures.

“Turkana County is not on a lockdown except for Kakuma and Kalobeyei refugee camps. I have no powers to enforce a lockdown without directives but if the leaders want a lockdown they can raise the matter with Cabinet secretary for health,” said Wambua.

He said he is willing to enforce every national government directive to combat Corona virus. He said Mombasa, Kwale, Eastleigh in Nairobi, and Mandera are some of the areas under lockdown.