Drivers protest at Kasumbalesa, over 1,500 trucks parked

kasumbalesaOver one thousand five hundred trucks are marooned at Kasumbalesa border post in Chililabombwe as drivers protest the shooting of their colleague in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The drivers of the trucks are refusing to cross into DRC demanding for proper security to be taken over their welfare.

A ZNBC new crew which visited the border on Saturday found the trucks parked.

The drivers talked to say they want their security demands to be guaranteed as well as their movements into the DRC. They say the insecurity situation in DRC is saddening as it has not changed from the time they raised concerns.

The drivers have further called on the Zambian government to intensify security patrols along the border areas at the same time work with the DRC government to ensure security for truck drivers.

And Some residents of Mikomfwa Township in Luanshya have taken to the streets and looted goods in shops at Buseko Market following the death of Patrick Mwila, a Zambian truck driver who was killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week.

The residents who mainly targeted Congolese shops at the market also blocked the road that links Mikomfwa Township to the central business centre and burnt tyres on the road.

Nicholas Sibanda reports from Luanshya that police in riot gear arrived at the scene to control the angry mob which also set ablaze some makeshift shops while looters scampered in all directions.

Luanshya District Commissioner Harold Mbaulu has confirmed the incident to ZNBC News in an interview.

Earlier, there was confusion at Luanshya Cemetery when Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge led hundreds of mourners who kept on interjecting the Minister’s address. He has appealed to residents to remain calm as the two governments will engage in bilateral talks on the killing of a Zambian truck driver. / ZNBC News