The movement of trucks between Tanzania and Uganda at the Mutukula border has resumed after the two countries reached a consensus on measures over the COVID-19 pandemic, a statement said on Friday.
The statement issued by the East African Community (EAC) at its headquarters in the Tanzanian tourist city of Arusha said truck drivers will now have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing in line with the EAC guidelines to tackle cross-border spread of the disease while minimizing disruptions to cross border trade.
William Mkenda, a customs officer in charge at the Tanzanian side of the Mutukula border told a delegation from the EAC secretariat the COVID-19 testing requirements for truck drivers were meant to ensure that health risks associated with the pandemic were mitigated, according to the statement.
The EAC delegation was on an assessment mission to the Mutukula border to review the progress of joint efforts by Tanzania and Uganda to ease congestion at the border, said the statement.
The statement added that the EAC delegation also met and held discussions with the truck drivers at the border in a bid to assess the challenges encountered when crossing the border. Enditem