DRC charges Zambians US$ 50 for Pedicle use

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has introduced a VISA system which will see Zambians and other foreigners wishing to use the pedicle road being charged US$ 50. 

The introduction of the VISA system yesterday left several motorist and passengers stranded at Mukambo in Mufulira and in Chembe at the Levy Mwanawasa bridge.

Congolese authorities have started charging vehicles and passengers 50 United States dollars each to pass through the 70 kilometers pedicle road.

Several motorists spoken complained that they could not afford to pay the US$50 United States dollars demanded by the Congolese authorities.

Boston Gondwe, a Zambian national who was on his way to Mansa district, wondered why Congolese Authorities have decide to introduce the system at the time when the Zambian Government is almost completing the construction of the 70 kilometers road that links the Copperbelt and Luapula Provinces.

Meanwhile, a team of senior Government and security officials from the Zambian side are locked in an emergency meeting following the decision by the Congolese authorities to introduce the new visa system.

Copperbelt Deputy permanent secretary Elias Kamanga is chairing the meeting taking place on the Zambian side at Mukambo border post.- ZNBC