ZAMBIA, DRC BORDER DISPUTE GETTING HOT.

The decades-old dispute flared again two months ago when the DRC accused Zambia of moving to occupy its territory in Moba region.

DRC’s President Felix Tshisekedi on May 11 dispatched his Foreign Affairs Minister, Marie Nzeza, to Harare with a request for the SADC Organ Chair to mediate in the dispute.

President Mnangagwa presented the matter to his counterparts in the region.

The dispute dates back to the colonial era and has flared on and off since the British and the Belgians divvied up Zambia and the DRC for themselves.

There was an attempt to settle the issue in 1989 when a treaty was signed between then Presidents Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia) and Mobutu Sese Seko (DRC), and beacons were placed along the border as markers.
And some residents living near the boarder have explained that people crossing the border to Congo are being delayed and their passports not stamped.

“Its Hard for a Zambian to Cross from Zambia to DRC via Kasumbaresa Border because the DRC Officials Sometimes Refuse to Stamp Zambian Passports and they may just delay you to pass” Tinei Murimbechi said.

And Mpundu Maximillian Tiola explained that it is reported that from the congolese authorities that is it Zambian soldiers who have occupied the Congolese territory.
“I guess they followed gold and diamond Moba is rich with minerals.” He said.

The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the clashes had resulted in the displacement of hundreds of people in Moba.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa who chairs the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation has since appointed his Secretary for Foreign Affairs James Manzou to lead the mediation.

This week, President Mnangagwa’s spokesperson, Mr George Charamba, told The Southern Times that: “The president has designated Ambassador Manzou to handle the matter and I understand they have been making efforts to deal with the conflict diligently. They met on Monday this week (and) I can tell you significant progress has been made so far in terms of trying to find an amicable solution to the dispute.”