MORE than 1,000 trucks are marooned at Kasumbalesa border in Chililabombwe due to alleged complications in the clearing system on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) side.
The trucks, heading to DRC and laden with various goods, are marooned at Kasumbalesa border following the complications in the clearing process.
Chililabombwe District Commissioner Stuart Chitumbo confirmed that trucks were marooned and said that the problem was on the DRC side.
Mr Chitumbo said the problem had been on the DRC side where about 1,259 trucks from Zambia and other countries had not been cleared.
He said the trucks had caused congestion as had not been cleared and officials in the DRC had no space to allow any more trucks.
“Over 1,000 trucks are marooned and the congestion is too much for our district to bear,” Mr Chitumbo said.
And Dickson Nyimbiri, a truck driver from Zimbabwe complained of the situation, saying the congestion was causing unnecessary delays for drivers to reach their destinations.
Mr Nyimbiri said the DRC government had introduced a charge of US$200 as deposit for any truck entering that country, which had also contributed to the delays in clearing the trucks.
Two weeks ago, a similar situation occurred, causing congestion and forming queues that stretched from Kasumbalesa border to Chilibombwe town.
Times of Zambia