Kasumbalesa woes continue as truck clearance target falls short

The clearance of the truck backlog at Kasumbalesa is falling about 300 trucks short of its target.

Despite assurances by Zambian president Edgar Lungu to address the gridlock at the Kasumbalesa border post which the country shares with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), authorities have not been able to clear more than 450 trucks per day.

This falls well short of the target of 700 trucks per day set last week by the two countries during an emergency meeting, said Southern African Development Community (SADC) Truck Drivers president, Stanley Muluka.

According to sources out of Zambia, over 1 000 trucks were waiting to be cleared on Monday evening although Muluka said the 67 kilometre line of traffic had been reduced to 50 kilometres.

The congestion reportedly started with a protest by truckers over clearance at Whiskey Check Point on the DRC-side of the border.

It means that between Kasumbalesa and Lubumbashi truck operators were liable for toll fees of around US$900 for a round trip, with three toll gates operating over the 90 kilometre distance.

Kayula Siama, Zambian’s Permanent Secretary of Commerce, Trade and Industry, has now indicated that a fast lane would be designated for trucks that have already been cleared to ease the traffic.


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