Government says Zambia is ready to host refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo if the situation in the neighbouring country escalates.
Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa says it will not be new Zambia to host more refugees if the situation in that country escalates as for the past three years Luapula province has been accommodating refugees from the DR Congo.
ZANIS reports that commenting on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr Chilangwa however explained that government desires to see stability and peace to prevail in Congo DR as it is the biggest market for the province.
“ Stability in the DRC is key for Luapula Province as it largely trades with Congo in many economic activities, “ he said.
The Minister explained that that the good relationship that exist between Katanga in Congo and Luapula province has enabled the acceleration of the implementation of common boarder projects.
The operationalization of the Kashiba boarder pontoon, crossing point and the planned construction of the Mwenda-Kasomeno Bridge are among some of the projects that Zambia and Congo has agreed upon to work together.
Mr. Chilangwa has since called on the local people in boarder areas to report to the local authorities as soon as Congolese refugees enter Zambian boarders so that they are integrated with others that are already in the province.
So far government working with cooperating partners has moved the refugees from Kenani Transit camp to a permanent refugee camp in Mantapala.