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Government dispels fears of illegal entry of trucks 

The Trans Nzoia County Commissioner, Samson Ojwang (C), the Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) Deputy Resident Engineer, Joseph Ngure and the County Police Commander, Ayub Gitonga during the visit of the contractor’s yard at Chepchoina in Endebess Sub County on Tuesday June 23,2020. Photo by Ngeywa Mosobin/KNA.

The  government has dispelled fears of illegal entry of trucks through Suam border that have raised fears of the spread of corona virus in Trans Nzoia.

Speaking  after touring the Suam border on Tuesday, the Trans Nzoia County Commissioner (CC), Samson Ojwang who led the county security team said that the trucks being talked about on social media must be those transporting construction materials for the Kitale -Suam road.

The CC said that the government security checks at the Suam border were ‘at the top of things’ and everything going on at the designated border was being done in the right way.

He however said that small lorries ferrying food items were being allowed in and out of the country through the border.

“We have lorries such as canters that are carrying food items like maize and beans from Uganda to the country and the same lorries also ferry other food items like cooking oil to Uganda,” he said.

Ojwang however, said that the rumours were a good indication that residents were vigilant and could pass important information to the government that is useful to security.

The CC who was accompanied by area Police Commander, Ayubu Ali Gitonga, the County Criminal Officer, Grace Maube among others assured residents of the government’s prompt responsiveness to both security issues and the covid-19 disease.

The team also toured the road construction site at Chepchoina to confirm the presence of trucks bringing in construction materials.

He said that drivers of lorries bringing in food at the Suam border point were screened and copies of their covid-19 certificates filed for reference.

He however, asked the county government to establish a testing point at the border where residents and any other Kenyans crossing to Uganda are issued with corona virus certificates to facilitate trade at Suam.

The County security was responding to rumours going around on social media that truck drivers were evading Busia and Malaba borders check points to use the Suam border raising fears of the spread of corona virus.

By Pauline Ikanda

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