Truck driver shot at in DRC


AN unidentified foreign truck in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has allegedly been shot at by unknown people.
The truck, which was believed to driven by a Tanzanian driver whose particulars were yet to be known, was allegedly shot at on Wednesday at a place called Migration.
Migration is a village situated about 30 kilometres from Kasumbalesa Border Post.
International Truck Drivers Association chairperson Stanley Muluka, who has been representing fellow drivers in the recent meetings involving Zambian authorities and their DRC counterparts over the volatile situation at the border area, confirmed this but said he was yet to get more details from people on the ground.
He said from preliminary information he had received, some people suspected to belong to a rebel group called ‘Mai Mai’ shot at a truck and that the driver escaped unhurt.
“This has not been confirmed by the DRC government but by ordinary people and so we are following up the matter with the Congolese authorities,” he said.
Mr Muluka, who was by press time headed to Kasumbalesa Border Post, said he would avail more details at a later stage.
Copperbelt police chief Joyce Kasosa said she had not received information on the matter.
“What I know is that fighting has continued in DRC but on the attack of the truck we have not received information,” she said.
Recently, Home Affairs Minister Ngosa Simbyakula said the Government was proposing the creation of a dry port in Zambia to allow truck drivers to offload goods destined to the DRC so that trucks from that country could pick them there should the shooting of truck drivers continue.
Meanwhile, Zambia Revenue Authority Kasumbalesa station manager Levy Simatimbe said the situation at the border post was slowly normalising.
“The queue covered by trucks has now been reduced to somewhere after Lubambe junction from Chililabombwe Town where it had reached,” Mr Simatimbe said.