Congolese soldiers believed to be looking for mealie meal entered Zambia yesterday around 03:00hours using the no man’s land at Kasumbalesa border post.
Police sources and Chililambombwe District Commissioner Stewart Chitumbo confirmed the incident when Home Affairs Deputy Minister Steven Kapyonga and Agriculture Deputy Minister Elfrida Kansembe paid a courtesy call on him on their way to Kasumbalesa border post to verify reports on the mealie meal smuggling.
Police sources said armed Congolese soldiers suspected to be looking for mealie meal entered Zambia around 03: hours and tried to open a police vehicle which had officers on patrol.
The officers were sleeping in the vehicle when the armed Congolese soldiers entered Zambia.
“Yes it is true that Congolese soldiers entered Zambia via no man’s land and tried to open a police vehicle but the police officers called for enforcement and Congolese soldiers retreated back to their country,” said the sources.
And speaking earlier district commissioner Mr Chitumbo said he had also received some reports that some Congolese soldiers entered Zambia in search of mealie meal a situation he said had raised security concerns in the area.
He said there was too much tension because the Congolese were hungry and desperate for mealie meal especially that Zambia had been feeding them for a long time.
He was however grateful that government had sent police officers to intensify patrols and ensure there was security in the area.