Africa Community Secretariat has rolled out its Regional Electronic Cargo and
Driver Tracking System that will enable authorities to electronically track
positive COVID- 19 cases among truck drivers.
Under this system, a Covid-19 digital certificate issued by one country will be
mutually recognized by the other countries, thus eliminating the need for
multiple testing. In April and May, truck drivers twice blocked the Uganda Kenya highways at the
border points, protesting the slow COVID 19 testing process that took days for
one to be cleared.
time, more than half the cases in Uganda were drivers from Kenya, South Sudan
and Tanzania. The new system or RECDTS will help alleviate ongoing the congestion at the border
crossing points, where queues of trucks have gone to more than ten kilometres,
especially at Malaba, Busia, Nimule and Elegu.
The surveillance system helps to monitor the long-distance truckers'
health and eases contact tracing.
RECDTS was developed in partnership with the European Union, Global Affairs
Canada, Danida, a Danish aid agency, Finland, Netherlands and the United
Kingdom through TradeMark East Africa.
RECDTS will apply in all EAC countries and later be extended to neighbouring
countries, particularly the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Chair of the EAC Council of Ministers and Rwanda's State Minister for Foreign
Affairs Nshuti Manasseh urged all stakeholders to look at the positive side of
the development during implementation.
The European Union Ambassador to Kenya, Simon Mordue hailed the joint
initiative saying a common approach to tackling the threat of Corona Virus to
the East African Community’s economy is paramount.
The Chairman, Uganda Cargo Consolidators Association, Kenneth Ayebare
says what is important is that the system aims at reducing the time it takes
for a truck to move cargo from Mombasa to Kampala, and he hopes this will be