TRUCKERS STILL STUCK AT KAZUNGULA

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SOME trucks coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) en-route to South Africa are still stranded at Kazungula Border because Botswana authorities refused them entry into that country due to fears of the Ebola virus.
Meanwhile, other trucks from DRC yesterday managed to cross through Victoria Falls border in Livingstone through Zimbabwe en-route to South Africa although some drivers complained that the charges at the Zimbabwean border were higher than those at Kazungula border.
A check by the Times at Kazungula Border yesterday revealed that stranded trucks had formed a queue stretching to two kilometres.
Some drivers said they had been stranded for the past five days and they were running out of food and money as they did not know what to do next.

A truck driver, Winter Hachimuma, said Victoria Falls border provided an alternative route but was expensive, as they were required to pay US$ 400 to pass through Zimbabwe.
In an interview yesterday, Mr Hachimuma hoped that interventions could be put in place to correct the situation as most drivers did not have money to buy food and meet the US$400 charge in Zimbabwe.
At Victoria Falls Border in Livingstone, several trucks were found crossing to Zimbabwe without any problem.
The drivers expressed hope that they would not be inconvenienced when they reached Beit Bridge before entering South Africa.
A truck driver, Mustard Mwansa carrying copper from DRC, urged relevant authorities in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to address the plight of transporters.

Times of Zambia

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