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Protesting SADC drivers at Kasumbalesa border demand shut down of Whiskey check point in DRC

General News Protesting SADC drivers at Kasumbalesa border demand shut down of Whiskey check...

Trucks waiting to be cleared at Kasumbalesa border
The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) truck drivers at Kasumbalesa boarder post in Chililabombwe District on the Copperbelt province have demanded for the closure of Whiskey check point in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

SADC truck drivers vice president Webby Puta said that all documentations that are done at Whiskey check point should be done at Kasumbalesa boarder post to decongest the long ques.

ZANIS reports that Mr. Puta noted that if Whiskey check point is closed and truck drivers be cleared at Kasumbalesa boarder post they will be going straight to the off loading bay cutting the distance of 90km.

He stated that because of this check point truck drivers are made to spend days at the check point thereby causing security issues as they are attacked by thieves.

Mr. Puta added that drivers will continue protesting until the said check point is closed.

The irate South African driver have been protesting for five days now.

Addressing the drivers earlier, Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo and upper Katanga governor Celistin Kapopo pleaded with the drivers to stop the protest and drive into Congo to deliver their merchandise.

Mr. Kapopo explained that he needed sometime to engage central government of DRC on the issue of whisky checkpoint as it was sensitive.

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  1. As it was sensitive? Sounds like there are personal vested interests of people in Kinshasa in seeing the irrelevant checkpoint continued existence.

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