—–Chief Mwanamambo of Sikongo’s Likulundundu area has appealed to the Ministry of Home Affairs to set up an immigration post at the Zambia/Angola border if security is to be assured.
Chief Mwanamambo, in a company of over ten of his subjects, expressed serious concerns on the illegal trading at the border which was a threat to both human and livestock.
He told ZANIS in Kalabo that Angolans were free to come in and out of the country without official documentation, adding that Zambians were always harassed each time they crossed over due to the absence of an immigration office.
The traditional leader disclosed that cattle rustlers have so far stolen four animals this year, adding that each time Zambians tried to follow up on their animals on the Angolan side they would be slapped with charges and arrests, a situation he described as unfortunate.
The chief said even when the animals were identified, Angolans were always hesitating to surrender them to Zambian owners.
He disclosed that an undisclosed number of cattle had been grabbed from poor villagers on the Zambian side and wondered what would become of them if nothing was done to correct the situation.
The villagers were living in fear and it is against this background that the chief has appealed to the responsible ministry to beef up security by establishing a border post to safeguard lives.
“My people are living in fear. The immigration should set up a border post. We are being harassed over our own animals,” Chief Mwanamambo said.