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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:09 - Updated Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:09

Zaire: DR Congo discourages truck drivers from reaching Cabinda

Nóqui - At least 54 Angolan truck drivers transporting several goods to the northern Cabinda Province are stranded for the last ten days at the border, more precisely in the checkpoint of Nóqui Municipality, northern Zaire Province, which borders the Matadi locality (DR Congo).

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Angolan consul to DR Congo, João Bartolomeu

Photo: clemente dos santos

At least 54 Angolan truck drivers are stranded at the border with DR Congo

Photo: clemente dos santos

ANGOP has learnt that the DR Congo border authorities are overcharging the Angolan truck drivers or demanding arbitrary customs fees to cross the border which enables them to reach to the Cabinda enclave.     

The truck drivers are transporting to the northern Cabinda Province equipment, construction material and some foodstuff, and considering that there is land discontinuity between the Cabinda Province and the rest of the Angolan territory, the only way to get there by land is through the neighbouring locality of Matadi (DR Congo) which borders Cabinda.  

According to Miguel Morais, who is leading the trucks convoy, they are stranded at the border for the last ten days, because the DR Congo authorities are charging between USD 8000 to USD 12,000 for the truck drivers to able to cross the border.

He further explained that he has been travelling through that route for three years and it is the first time such amounts are being charged.

He also revealed that last week they were charged 2000 to 3000 US dollars, reason why they are surprised at the very high amounts being charged now, even though it is a guarantee money that they get back when they return.

He then appealed to the Angolan authorities to look into this matter as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, speaking to the press, the Angolan consul to DR Congo, João Bartolomeu, informed that he has already contacted the Matadi authorities regarding the issue, so the Consulate waits a reply.

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