Extension of operating hours at Kasumbalesa border raises security concerns
The imminent extension of operating hours at Kasumbalesa Border post between Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has triggered security concerns from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Truck Drivers Association.
The association has since challenged both the Zambian and the Congolese governments to enhance security for truck drivers on the DRC side of the border.
Association president Stanley Muluka tells phoenix news that although the extension of operating hours is good for the flow of trucks crossing the border, the security situation on the Congolese side of the border leaves much to be desired as drivers are attacked by thugs even during the day and in full view of Congolese police officers.
Muluka said with the extension of operating hours, drivers will be crossing in the night at times which will put their lives at risk.
He has however commended both governments for agreeing to extend hours of operation at Kasumbalesa border post saying this will increase traffic flow beyond the current clearance of between 500 and 800 trucks per day.
Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday this week agreed to implement the bilateral trade agreement, which will see the two countries extend operation hours at Kasumbalesa border post from 6 am to 10 pm by 31st December 2020.