Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has deleted a Facebook post that incited boda boda operators to burn trucks over COVID-19 fears by drivers.
The MP had found himself on the receiving end after he urged boda boda operators to torch trucks in Kimilili constituency to prevent the spread of the pandemic considering most truck drivers had tested positive for the disease.
In the Facebook post seen by Kenyanbulletin.com, the vocal MP said he had been approached by the boda boda operators who sought his permission on whether to burn the trucks stating he had given them a go ahead to execute what they felt was best to secure their safety.
“It is evident that the Ministry of Interior is unable to block these trucks from passing through my constituency in a bid to evade compulsory COVID-19 screening and weighbridge at Webuye.
“I have been approached by boda boda boys who sought my permission whether to torch them or not. I have instructed them to proceed and execute what is best to secure my constituency from the ravages of this pandemic,” his post read.
In May, President Uhuru Kenyatta closed Kenya and Somalia border over spike in imported COVID-19 cases, especially among truck drivers.
The head of state said the drivers must undergo compulsory COVID-19 tests and be declared negative before being allowed through the border posts.
“In the last week we have unfortunately witnessed an increased number of imported cases among individuals crossing into our countries through our borders; these areas have become a matter of grave concern to us.
“Forty three cases have recently crossed the border from Somalia and Tanzania. There will be a cessation of movement of persons and any passengers into and out of the territory through Tanzania and Somalia effective midnight today,” Uhuru said on May 16.