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Tensions Building Up Between DRC And Zambia As Zimbabwe Intervenes

DR Congo has approached Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa to mediate in its long-standing border dispute with Zambia, government-controlled media reported Tuesday.

DR Congo special envoy, Marie Nzeza, on Monday met Mnangagwa at State House to brief him on the situation. Mnangagwa is the current chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

DR Congo and Zambia have had misunderstandings over a part of their common 1,600km border, the latest arising from a late 1980s attempt to demarcate the frontier with beacons.

Mnangagwa said after the meeting that both countries were seeking SADC’s intervention on the matter.  “A special envoy from my brother Tshisekedi of the DR Congo briefed me on the situation in DR Congo, in particular in relation to the current #COVID-19 pandemic and how they are tackling it.

“There is also the security situation where DR Congo and Zambia want the Organ on Defence and Politics to look at a small matter which is existing between the Republic of Zambia and DR Congo,” he said.

Nzeza, who is also the DR Congo Foreign Affairs Minister, refused to shed more light into the issue saying that she was not at liberty to share what had been discussed in her meeting with Mnangagwa, according to the Herald newspaper.

It is not the first time that SADC has been approached to discuss border disputes between two member states. In the 1990s, the regional bloc intervened in the dispute between Botswana and Namibia over ownership of an island on the Chobe River, which forms part of their border.

The matter was subsequently referred to the International Court of Justice, with the World Court ruling in 1999 that the island belonged to Botswana.

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  1. Evans

    May 13, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Hmmmmmm bane.

    • Uncle Zyagu

      May 13, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      Imagine tebufi ifi? 🙄 Since when did we have issues naba Congole

  2. Major juju one

    May 14, 2020 at 7:13 am

    DRC is playing with fire, dont underestimate the Zambia army and air force, you will be crashed without mecry. Leave our border alone or you risk a very much determined army to protect our border’s

  3. Rodrick

    May 14, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    If this can be sorted out amicably and in no time the better.

  4. Ben

    May 14, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Fake news

  5. Chansa

    May 15, 2020 at 8:58 am

    I will block this site after this. Listen it’s not time for negativity and certainly not time for information that evokes division. As the envoy with held details more to you as an African you shouldn’t be at the front of such news without facts. Mere speculations is that what news must be?

  6. Albert

    May 15, 2020 at 11:02 am

    What are these 2 presidents doing?can’t they meet n find better solution frm both sides,innocents are the ones to be affacted,people are still stressed about covid-19 n u are also starting ur nonsense.pls we need peace pls,most of zambians are frm congo so how can brothers find for nothing,will leave everything n go to heaven empty handed.

  7. Francis Chisala

    May 15, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Our prayer z dat let peace reign btwin dz 2beautful countries as soon as possible….let de matter b solted out in a peaceful way….. Coronavirus z de Enemy at hand,its one we mid 2fight as de African Continent…. Not each other…….

  8. ปั้มไลค์

    June 6, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Like!! Great article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

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