THERE was confusion near Mokambo market in the Democratic Republic of Congo after Zesco allegedly cut off power for three days due to non-payment of bills.
The protest resulted in some unknown Congolese to damage a Power tools bus which was going to Nakonde.
Copperbelt province commanding officer Sharon Zulu verified the incident in a statement.
“ We recorded a case of vicious damage reported at Mokambo police station by Ernest Tipoti a motorist for Power Tools Transport Company to the effect that yesterday at around 07 00 hours near Mokambo market DRC a Power Tools bus bearing registration BCA 7848 which was on its way to Nakonde had a shattered rear wind screen which was damaged by unknown Congolese Citizens on Pedical Road in Congo DRC, ” she said.
Mrs Zulu said facts of the matter are that, Zesco has been supplying power to Mokambo DRC but due to non payment of electricity bills by a Company called SNEL, which is an agent of Zesco on the DRC side.
“ It’s alleged that the top management directed Zesco Mufulira to cut off power at DRC Mokambo. This action infuriated the Congolese Nationals at Mokambo DRC hence protesting because of not having power for three days by burning tyres on the Pedical road coupled with throwing of stones at on coming motorvehicles.Out of this riotous behavior, the bus in subject had its rear wind screen shattered, ” she said.
Mrs Zulu said the Congolese authorities at the border were engaged and so far the situation is calm and no casualties apart from the damages reported.
She said Zesco management in Mufulira are yet to see the way forward to have the matter sorted out.