ZAMBIA POLICE SAYS DR CONGO PRESIDENT’S MOTORCADE INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT, 2 INJURED

LUSAKA– A 35-year-old driver sustained serious injuries in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, when his car hit a vehicle in the motorcade of the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambian police said.

The Sunday accident happened around mid-morning when one of the vehicles in DRC President Joseph Kabila’s motorcade collided with an oncoming vehicle that failed to give way to the motorcade, police spokesperson Esther Mwaata-Katongo said.

Kabila was not hurt in the incident.

The spokesperson said the driver of the vehicle that collided with the presidential motorcade sustained a fractured left leg, arm and multiple cuts while the driver of the vehicle in the presidential motorcade escaped unhurt.

Mwaata-Katongo said the vehicle, which spun off, hit a police officer on duty, who sustained injuries on his left leg.

Another vehicle, which was also part of the convoy, hit a parked car off the road after the driver swerved to the right trying to avoid hitting a vehicle in front of the convoy.

Last week, three soldiers and two civilians were killed while 11 others sustained injuries when Kabila’s motorcade was involved in an accident in his home country.

Kabila arrived in Zambia on Saturday to for talks with his Zambian counterpart, Edgar Lungu.

During the talks, Kabila assured the international community that he is dealing with pockets of instability that have affected some parts of the country, Zambian media reported.

Kabila was quoted as saying that his government wants to ensure that its borders with Zambia are free of instability.

On his part, the Zambian leader urged the international community to allow the DRC to deal with its problems as a sovereign state.

He said Zambia is concerned about the international community’s heightened interest in the electoral process of the DRC.

Kabila, who also met Zambia’s first president, Kenneth Kaunda, during the visit, has since returned to the DRC.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK