The Congolese Government has welcomed the call by Copperbelt Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe to engage its authorities on the congestion of trucks at Kasumbalesa Border.
DRC Deputy Consulate General, Nkulu Ghyslain admitted that the prevailing situation at Kasumbalesa Border is not conducive and the matter has to be resolved immediately.
He said the situation cannot be allowed to continue considering that the country will be going to the polls this month.
Mr. Ghyslain said he will inform higher authorities in Katanga Province about a meeting further stating that, another meeting will be arranged on both sides of Kasumbalesa to ensure that the issue is resolved amicably.
He added that, with the onset of the rains the situation may result in an outbreak of disease noting that Zambia and the DRC enjoy cordial relations which should not be compromised.
And Copperbelt Province Minister, Japhen Mwakalombe has described the situation as a danger to the people citing the lack of sanitary facilities and proper food storage facilities.
Mr. Mwakalombe stated that it is gratifying that the two governments have agreed that the matter has to be resolved adding that, a long term solution has to be found to avoid the re-occurrence of the situation.
And ZRA Assistant Commissioner-North, Wagner Chilembo said over a thousand trucks were as of yesterday pulled off the road into the parking yard at Kasumbalesa on the Zambian side and in DRC.
He said with the provisional extension in the number of working hours from 18 to 22, the authority will ensure that the situation is normalized soon.