President Edgar Lungu says he will report the issue of congestion at the Kasumbalesa border post in Chililabombwe to SADC.

President Lungu says the Democratic Republic of Congo is supposed to be compelled to open up their borders and clear trucks in large numbers.

Speaking when he addressed hundreds of Chililabombwe residents at the Konkola Rugby Club this afternoon, President Lungu said the congestion is caused by problems in the DRC and not in Zambia.

He said he will engage SADC to ensure that DRC borders are opened to clear as many trucks as possible.

President Lungu also directed Konkola Copper Mines to ensure it pays local contractors it owes.

Earlier, President Lungu commissioned a Priest’s house in Kamenza area of Chililabombwe at which he hailed the partnership between government and the church in delivering infrastructure development to people in far flung areas of the country.

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  1. How come such things dont happen in Europe? What makes the Europeans appreciate cross border trade better than the Africans? Why is the DRC closing its borders? Doesnt it want its own imports to enter the country?

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    • European leaders have a higher IQ than ours (for now I confine the low IQ only to our African leaders)……

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    • My president my president surly what’s your ministers doing. You’ve foreign affairs minister and copperbelt minister. Surly do you really have to get involved in there duties. I think your ministers are failing you and the problem gets back to you cause you don’t know how to hire and fire. The moment you try that weapon ,you’ll see how hard working they will become.

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    • This is Brian Mushimba problem. Maybe even himself don’t know his job description.
      @Ndobo boyi, what’s going on with Eddy? this is embarrassing and get out of control. Maybe SeanTembo was arrested over a fact. Let’s face it.
      Do we have also to PRAY for trucks at Kasumbalesa?
      Why call SADC, even Lusambo fix that mess.
      Mwe Lesa chinjeni abanandi, not abena Edgar anymore.

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    • @Amepusho … Have been to EuroStar at the English Channel. The French clear you as soon as possible but the English on the other side act just like the Zaireans checking for non-entities just so you get delayed.

      @Obatala … I choose to disagree!! How come when we go to school with them attending the same class and subjects they take we black Africans usually are on top in most classes beating them in almost every subject?

      We are not just as well organized as the whites. Disorganization is Africa’s biggest problem. We don’t work to streamline processes and thus even we have something admirable we fail to turn it to our advantages.

      Also, we don’t write down processes and procedures. Once something is written, it is very easy to make references to it. We need to change that…

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    • @ B R Mumba, Sn. My post has a disclaimer and is limited to African leaders, ans as you rightly put it, they are disorganised anf they do not write down processes and procedures. Is this not a sign of low IQ? # Freedom Sikazwe!

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    • Kasumbalesa is constipated. The queue of trucks sometimes reaches Chingola.

      A wise visionary leader would have considered the opening of new borders & roads.
      But Vision-Less Lungu only knows how to issue threat & warnings before jumping onto his private jet back to Lusaka.

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    • What is there to report when all you need is speak to your colleague in Congo at that level? Are the Congolese not beneficiaries of the marooned goods?

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    • There’s such a big inferiority complex in Africa as can be seen by Obatala’s up votes. Why are Africans so quick to accept being inferior to the European? Yet they believe in God? So you Christian nationals God makes some people more intelligent than others? Bupuba bwenu mweka I’m not bringing up my kids as non achievers like you all are resigned to be

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  2. Lack of initiative! When you trouble, I see an opportunity for business. We have enough land in Chingola, create a dry port where truckers will offload their cargo, Congolese must be made to pick their cargo within 36hrs failure to which you charge them at an hourly rate. No foreign driver will be robbed and killed in DRC. They must also bring their cargo for export. I have created 1000 jobs for you

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  3. DRC corruption. Like on pedicle road, they want to be paid to let you pass. But Truckers don’t do that. Since this corruption is as shameless as that from the Zambia Police traffic ATMs, the end result is the massive congestion.

    ECL should offer Lamasat to DRC to put some gadgets there and this problem will be solved!!

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  4. When we tell you that we dont have a President in this country..you think it joke…what did this lazy bum say when he heard about the xenophobic attacks in RSA he said the same thing…you would think its SADC losing tax revenue from this congestion.

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  5. This is a problem with PF,they are not holistic and serious in the way they handle problems!!Lusambo was there negotiating mealie meal deals certainly for his cabal, instead of using the occasion to tell Congolese about this issue as a condition for meal/maize exports he was busy talking other things.The conversation there will result in cholera which will affect C/bombwe and Chingola and cost us more than a joint emergence meeting (Zambia/DRC)of key Ministries to solve the problem.Even during “mad” Mobutu’s things never reached that level!!

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  6. Those DRC are not selerelus people and there will never be .when i passed through there boder they ask me to for having a dublican off the white book.whe I requested for stamp all the custom office did was to stamp on an old news paper and said that’s your receipt

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  7. Stop lying Mr President. The problem is not with DRC but Zambia. Do your part and they will respond. You were right in Chingila and you could not ask the drivers camped on the road side sure…. Bakalamba you talking to ignorant people but us who know the truth are aware. Clean your Messy ba Lungu and do not blame it on DRC. Your ministers have the information from the drivers WhatsApp group and you know what they asking for. You did not respond to the letter that was written to yet it sits on your desk. Please stop playing ignorant ba Lungu.

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  8. Is this when lungu is realising that there is a problem there …?

    …he was best friends with kabila and forgot to sort out this problem once and for all….he was busy taking the limelight of peacemaker.

    What a shambles of a president….

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  9. a report is going to sadc that hh is causing problem for my govenment that is why trucks are stranded at kasumbalesa border post kikiki this zambia

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  10. ZAMPOST workers now going without pay for 7 months and they get threatened with dismissal when they open their mouth to complain!!!! Cry the beloved country.

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  11. Those Trucks we see a marooned on the Zambian side, not DRC. The problem is on both sides.
    1. Seeing the business potential of Zambia-DRC, we should build Multi-lane roads to that border, with a lane dedicated to trucks only, another lane for buses and yet another lane for the rest.
    2. The DRC border needs 24 hours service to handle the traffic there.
    3. Most of those trucks are from SA/Namibia. Why do they spend less time at Chirundu/Katima? There are inefficiencies at this border.

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  12. The big question is, why is the president going round everywhere to check jobs and situations? what are the ministers etc for? we have an overly bloated cabinet already and these guys are just titles with no works. Since the president is doing all the work why not close some of these ministerial post and money goes to civil servants, council workers and other departments that are not being paid for half a year?

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  13. The problem is the mind set of DRC Police and Soldiers who Rob the drivers at Gun point and if the attacked Driver retaliate he is either Killed or thrown out of his truck without with no one to help.All other Drc authorities will be watching arms folded without protecting any foreign driver from thugs masquarding as policemen and soldiers.While the congleese are walking about freely around Kasumbalesa Border buying and selling all sorts of mechardise without any Immigration officers around the border apprehending them.

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