The Ministry of Internal Affairs Spokesperson Jacob Siminyu has revealed that the East African Community launched a Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking system on September 8 and it has since started operating in Mbarara.
“The system is going to help us avoid forgeries, monitor the COVID-19 results of truck drivers and reduce congestion of truck drivers at the borders,” he said.
Siminyu added that traffic is slowly reducing even though some drivers don’t have access to smart phones where they can access their test results.
“Traffic has reduced from 35000 trucks to 2696 as of yesterday. The results of drivers also don’t delay because they are linked to the system. If we identify a sick person, we ensure that he is isolated from others. We hope very soon we shall go back to the normal traffic,” he added.
Siminyu added that, the boarders remain closed and monitored in conjunction with other stakeholders.
“We are monitoring the entry and exist at the borders. We also want to urge those who urgently need to travel to get clearance from Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Works,” he added.