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Sun, 12 Jul 2020 10:51 - Updated Sun, 12 Jul 2020 10:51

Covid-19: Over 300 Angolans stranded in DRC await return

Tomboco - At least 383 Angolan citizens who have been stranded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since March this year, on account of the Covid-19 pandemic, may in the coming days return to the country.

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The information was advanced last Saturday, in Tomboco, northern Zaire Province, by the provincial governor, Pedro Makita Armando Júlia.

According to the governor, the return of these compatriots  depends on the creation of reception conditions at the regional level and the consent of the National Multisectoral Commission of Combat to Covid-19.

The minister, however, said that the Congolese authorities are conditioning the return of these Angolans with the departure of 142 citizens from this neighbouring country who have equally been stranded in the Angolan province of Zaire since March.

Pedro Makita Júlia was also concerned about the constant violations of sanitary fences by citizens from the country's capital (Luanda) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

He said that efforts are being made to reinforce the inspection at the checkpoint of the River Loge (Nzeto), which borders the provinces of Zaire and Bengo, as it is the main gateway for citizens coming from Luanda.

In this post, he said, the police force is being supported by soldiers from the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), in an operation that involves the deployment of the neighbouring province of Bengo.

The same measure, according to the coordinator of the provincial commission to fight covid-19, was taken in relation to the border with the DRC, in order to prevent the daily attempts to introduce illegal immigrants into the national territory.

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