Though nothing comes on your way without a struggle,Truckers in Kenya gets their meager wages in the hard way.Their employers don't care about their welfare and all they care is their cargo to reach the destination.The driver starts from the port of Mombasa headed for Rwanda ,Burundi,Congo,or Malawi without knowing when he will be back and whatever will happen on the way. He bids farewell to his family and off he hits the road. The obstacles he finds on the journey are nightmares where even the employers refuse to rescue them and if they are arrested the employer comes for the truck and leaves the driver in the cells. Stigma ,Fatigue, Police harassment,money extortion is the order of the day for a trucker in Kenya ,Then comes the greatest enemy of all, THE SEX WORKERS who lures the truckers for sex in exchange for money ,and bearing in mind this trucker has been away from his spouse for more than a month, the temptations are high when these sex workers comes to them barely naked and that's when the trucker forgets everything and transmission of HIV/AIDS begin there.
There is more to tell about truckers and their tribulations.The KENYA LONG DISTANCE TRUCK DRIVERS AND ALLIED WORKERS UNION is now using the community life competence by holding SALT visits and SELF ASSESSMENTS TO THE TRUCKERS and educate them on their rights and how to prevent themselves.
There is more to be done but every journey starts with one step which we have already started.