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Zambia and DR Congo to Improve Operations at Kasumbalesa Border Post- President Hichilema


Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo have agreed to address issues related to operations at the Kasumbalesa border post to enhance trade between the two countries, said Republican President Hakainde Hichilema. President Hichilema made the announcement during a bilateral meeting with President Felix Antoine Tshisekedi of the DRC on the sidelines of the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“We have agreed with my brother and counterpart that we quickly improve operations at the border in order to accelerate the conveyance of goods between our two countries without losing much time,” said President Hichilema. He expressed his delight with Tshisekedi’s assurance that now is the time for action and not just mere talk and that he will engage his team to address the issue once and for all.

President Hichilema is in Addis Ababa participating in the 36th Ordinary Session of The Assembly of the African Union. The session is considering several matters, including the draft agenda, draft decisions and declarations of the Assembly for adoption, examining the strategic status reports on the Institutional Reforms of the AU, and studying the activities of the Peace and Security Council (PSC), the Report on Global Political, Financial and Energy Policy Governance, and that on Global Food Crisis and the AU’s response on Covid-19 pandemic in Africa.

President Hichilema is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with other Heads of State and conduct sideline meetings with various business leaders, cooperating partners, and stakeholders in Zambia and the African Continent’s Transformational Agenda. Hichilema has previously stated that he is Zambia’s chief marketing officer, and as a result of the trips he has undertaken in the past, there have been investment pledges made. Zambia’s mining industry has already received a boost with First Quantum Minerals board of directors’ approval of the S3 Expansion at Kansanshi mine and the Enterprise nickel project in North-Western Province.


  1. How many times are we going to agree on Kasumbalesa Border Post…please Hakainde stop this nonsense of photo opps you dont have to go AU to agree on such issues that are already in the pipeline DRC already stated last year that they will improve their side of the border when there were 60km queues last year. Put the money on the money on the table not construct, maintain and operate construction contracts where we never get anything.
    You talk of New Dawn but all you do is talk and MOU reversing everything to benefit foreign investors.

    • Kainde has bn talking about this but no action. You are now dishing out toilets to truck drivers on the Chingola road. 5 toilets for 200 marroned drivers with no plan to collect the when these toilets are full. Who is going to clean these toilets….remember tanzanians are not very good in toilet manners.

  2. Monitor progressive talks and haste in the narratives coming from the two heads of state. These are not mere rhetorical statements as experienced from previous leaders of these two countries who rarely met on one to one basis without political will. Remember the demand of minerals required to manufacture battery motorised vehicles is very critical in Europe and America. Zambia and Congo DRC must reposition themselves as major players in this industry.

  3. Was there any need to talk about kasumbalesa from Ethiopia. Which is the next destination for hakainde after Ethiopia.

    Zambians are tires of listening to political pr0st1tut1s like hakalamba hakalila

  4. Congo is another world. KK our greatest Pan-African had to open the Serenje Samfya road for access to Luapula. If it’s not for the distance people would never use the Mokambo Chembe pedicle road. High fees have replaced harassment. As for Kasumbalesa the lasting solution lies in the much talked about Lubumbashi Kasomeno Kashiba international route.

  5. Does need Hakainde to solve this sure? Where is TAYALI? Where the coppebelt minister? Where is the Milupi? And what are their PERMANET SECRETRIES DOING? Sure you want Hakainde to sort out this .?

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