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How Traffic Police Are Emerging As Weak Link In Covid-19 Spread

The government has now identified police officers as the new weak link in the fight against Coronavirus. 

On Thursday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe noted that traffic police officers are allowing truck drivers to travel across the country without the COVID-free certificates. 

“My attention has once again been drawn to cross border truck drivers, in the last few weeks we’ve witnessed a large number of drivers at border testing points test positive. 

“Police officers who allow drivers without certificates to pass various roadblocks are going to be held accountable,” he asserted.

The CS particularly singled out traffic police officers manning roadblocks along the Mombasa-Nairobi-Busia route. On Thursday, 26 Coronavirus cases were reported in Busia and it was blamed on truck drivers.

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“I don’t understand how undocumented drivers were able to travel from Mombasa to Busia via Nairobi without any cop noticing that they didn’t have COVID-19 certificates. Its either they were asleep on the job or they have some system which they use to ensure the truck drivers didn’t face any sort of opposition on their way across the country without documentation,” the CS noted.

He maintained that the congestions at the border points are due to the drivers who have no certificates. According to Mutahi, all truck drivers need to have a COVID-19 free certificate from a World Health Organization (WHO), recognized health center.

On Thursday, Kenya announced 124 new Coronavirus cases bringing the total tally of coronavirus cases in Kenya to 2,340, with 78 fatalities reported to date.

Mombasa accounted for 40 cases, Nairobi 38, Busia 26, and Kajiado 6. Elgeyo Marakwet County recorded its first case bringing the total number of Counties affected to 36 out of 47. 

CS Kagwe was quick to point out that the 26 Busia cases could be traced to truck drivers who had made their way across several counties before getting to the border town.

The National Police Service has been on the spot in the recent past, with various human rights groups as well as the Kenyan online community banding together to condemn some heinous acts committed by some members of the police force.

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