The High Commission of Kenya in Kampala has expressed concern over the manner in which Kenyan truck drivers are treated in Uganda citing cases of mistreatment and witch-hunt.
In a letter to Ugandan Foreign Affairs minister Hon. Sam Kuteesa, the Commission observed that sections of the public in Uganda took frequent reference and association of truck drivers to cases of coronavirus, as well as warnings to Ugandans to stay clear of the truck drivers, to mean that drivers represent everything that is wrong with the war against COVID-19.
As a consequence, the Commission says truck drivers are quickly becoming objects of scorn and suspicion, and even being stigmatized.
The Commission claims there are incidents when members of the public have shouted expletives and pejoratives such as “Corona Corona” in reference to Kenyan truck drivers.
“Drivers are not being allowed accommodation in Uganda and denied access to basic requirements such as food and water. Drivers are being treated as if they are quarantined, the quarantine facility being their own trucks” the letter reads in part.
They claim the war against the pandemic is being turned into the society versus truck drivers with truck drivers facing blanket condemnation and are treated with ridicule cannot be tenable.
The Commission says the manner in which Kenyan drivers are treated has brought out serious concerns and demand that the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to avail itself on the matter and make assurances of its highest consideration.
“The High Commission wishes to inform the ministry that this matter has caused great anxiety and concern and should therefore be given urgent attention. The High Commission will appreciate urgent feedback on the matter” the letter reads.