Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo Today held a meeting with officials from the Neighbouring Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo to resolve a stand-off at Kasumbalesa Boarder Post which saw Truck Drivers from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region pack their Trucks.
More than 500 Trucks from the SADC region had been marooned at Kasumbalesa boarder post following harassment by Congolese nationals.
The drivers from SADC countries such as Tanzania, Botswana and South Africa had stopped crossing into the D.R.C citing security concerns.
This came to light when Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo visited the Border town of Chililabombwe today following reports of the impasse.
But the meeting between Mr. Lusambo and Lower Katanga Governor Jean Claude Kazembe Musonda resolved that the security situation on the Congolese side of the boarder will be enhanced.
The meeting also agreed that the Congolese Government will start conducting patrols from Kasumbalesa to Lubumbashi to Kolwezi to ensure safety of the truck drivers.
After the meeting, Mr Lusambo and Governor Kazembe Musonda addressed the truck drivers and assured them of the two Government’s commitment to ensuring smooth flow of trade at the border.
The Copperbelt Minister told the truck drivers that they play a key role in the economic development of the region hence the need to safeguard their plight.
Mr Lusambo however cautioned the drivers to conduct their work in a professional manner when in Congo and desist from extra activities that may bring them into conflict with the law.
The truck drivers cheered Mr Lusambo during the address and commended him for showing concern towards their plight.
The two officials then went to physically inspect and ensure that trucks start crossing over.