Truck Drivers Resume Strike At Malaba

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Truck drivers along the Northern Corridor at the Malaba Kenya border resumed strike on Tuesday, 16 hours after they called off the exercise. The drivers blocked the entrance to the Bus Park to ensure that no vehicle enters or leaves the town unless through Uganda to Busia Kenya.

Truck drivers along the Northern Corridor at the Malaba Kenya border resumed strike on Tuesday, 16 hours after they called off the exercise.

The drivers blocked the entrance to the Bus Park to ensure that no vehicle enters or leaves the town unless through Uganda to Busia Kenya.

They accused Ugandan authorities of duping them that they would release over 50 Kenyan trucks which are held in Uganda which turned out to be a hoax.

The strike resumed at 12.30pm with the Kenyan drivers accusing Uganda Revenue Authority of over charging them.

The drivers vowed to continue with the strike until the transport ministers of Kenya and Uganda came to address them. They claimed that the Kenyan drivers who went to Busitema in Uganda to collect their trucks were threatened with shooting if they did not leave.

Normalcy had returned at the Malaba border on Monday night when the drivers called off their strike following assurances by Uganda Revenue Authority to release the impounded Kenyan trucks.

The drivers went on strike on Monday afternoon after information leaked out that URA had planned to impound 150 more Kenyan registered trucks over tax evasion allegations.

Josephine Onunga, the District Commissioner for Teso North in Kenya held a two hour meeting with Tororo RDC, Ddamulira Kyeyune in which they agreed to release the trucks unconditionally.

Before the drivers agreed to call off the strike, Kyeyune pleaded with them that he was representing President Yoweri Museveni who always means what he says, adding that the impounded trucks would be released without any conditions.
 
URA acting customs manager for Eastern Region, Kisitu Kigozi also gave an assurance to the drivers who were addressed outside the Malaba Customs offices in Kenya, where they had camped to await the outcome of the meeting.

DC Onunga assured the drivers that the Kenya government would always come to their rescue on all matters except traffic offences and told them to report any incidence to her Amagoro office.