The Ministry of Transport clears the resumption of inter-county night operations »Capital News


NAIROBI, Kenya, October 23 – The Ministry of Transport has announced the resumption of inter-county transport operations with the aim of supporting the recovery of the transport sector in the country.

Friday night’s announcement was a relief for transport operators who had taken the brunt of the strict coronavirus containment measures imposed by the government since its outbreak in the country in March 2020.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said in a statement the sector suffered a huge financial loss during the pandemic period, but noted that the decision to ban overnight travel played a key role in the reduction in the spread of the virus.

“Following the lifting of the dusk-to-dawn curfew which has been in effect since the 27e March 2020 by the President in his speech during the Mashujaa Day celebrations on the 20e October 2021, I take this opportunity to inform all transport service providers and commuters that night transport operations are now permitted in accordance with the President’s directive, ”he said.

Macharia thanked the Ministry of Health for guiding the transport sector and praised members of the public for complying with the transport sector guidelines.

Transport CS said, however, that the government will continue to encourage compliance with various applicable COVID-19 guidelines such as maintaining physical distance, mandatory use of face masks, hand washing and rapid health screening to keep remote virus.

Macharia further said that in an effort to increase the uptake of COVID-19 vaccination among transport operators, his ministry on October 7 launched a nation-wide vaccination campaign targeting vehicle operators, taxis and bodabodas in the transport industry.

He called on actors in the transport sector to be at the forefront to defend and participate in the vaccination exercise, stressing that this decision would complement the government’s efforts to vaccinate its citizens and accelerate the recovery of the economy.

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“As a sector, we encourage members of the transportation fraternity to embrace the COVID-19 vaccination in line with the national rallying theme of the transportation sector of “PataChanjo, Tuimarishe Usafiri” and the national rallying theme of “PataChanjo, TufungueNchi,” Macharia said.

The nationwide curfew holiday by President Uhuru Kenyatta on October 20 was welcomed by Kenyans and leaders from heavily affected sectors, including the hospitality industry, who said the move was timely in the the country’s quest to reorganize the struggling economy.


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