The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has cleared marooned trucks which were causing a traffic jam and delaying business at the Kasumbalesa border into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
ZRA Communications manager, Topsy Sikalinda told Lusaka star in an interview that the trucks were causing congestion and as a result caused delay in business because trucks spent several days in queues which were not necessary before they could be cleared.
Mr. Sikalinda said ZRA cleared marooned trucks from Zambia’s side and the remaining part is for Congo to receive them.
“Congo is another country and we don’t have control over its operations. We have already cleared the trucks from our country and waiting for Congo to receive them and do the rest,” Mr. Sikalinda explained.
He further explained that in due time trucks will be not finding it difficult to cross the border once Congo is done with construction of the roads and border area.
And in a separate interview, Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) Public Relations manager, Fred Mubanga, told Lusaka Star that the agency is seeking the attention of government to raise the matter to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU) to avoid a repetition of what happened and to urge DRC authorities to open up the borders.
Mr. Mubanga gave a comment quoting the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) Chief Executive Officer Zindaba Soko who was speaking when he toured Kasumbalusa on April 24, 2019.