Tanzania and Uganda truck drivers were not kidnapped in DRC: Embassy
Dar es Salaam 3rd July 2017: The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania has allayed fears regarding claims that 18 Tanzanian and 3 Ugandans drivers were kidnapped by the DRC based MaiMai rebels as recently reported by media.
Speaking to the Chief Operating Officer of the Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA) Mr Sayiba Tambwe Patient, who paid a courtesy call at the Embassy, the DRC Ambassador to Tanzania His Excellency Jean Pierre Mutamba, said the truck drivers were not abducted.
“The drivers are stranded because of the ongoing confrontation between the government army and the rebels. It is important that they remain in the area until the situation normalizes then they will proceed with their journey,” Said Ambassador Mutamba.
The Ambassador said the Lulimba and other villages where the incident of confrontation between the government army and rebels occurred, is being secured to make sure that the whole area is absolutely free from such incidents.
DRC Ambassador to Tanzania His Excellency Jean Pierre Mutamba (right) during a brief meeting with CCTTFA Chief Operating Officer, Mr Sayiba Tambwe at the Embassy in Dar es Salaam 3rd July 2017
He noted that the DRC government was committed to ensuring that security of the drivers and other visitors is a priority in order to promote transit trade in the region.
He advised drivers from Tanzania, especially those from Dar es Salaam to obtain their Visa from the Embassy to enable the Embassy keep records for easy facilitation in case they face any problem. Currently most of drivers obtain their Visa at the point of entries (borders).
At the DRC Embassy in Dar es Salaam Visa for truck drivers is issued within TWO hours at fee of 50 US Dollars and the Visa is valid for one month.
The Ambassador also called on the general public to remain calm as the DRC government is working to normalize the situation and the Embassy will endeavor to provide regular updates.
DRC Ambassador to Tanzania His Excellency Jean Pierre Mutamba.
About Central Corridor Secretariat.
The Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (TTFA) is an Inter-governmental Agency established in 2006, by an Agreement by the five Governments of the Republic of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), The Republic of Rwanda, The United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Uganda entrusted with mandate to promote transit trade through improved transport infrastructures and services at the Dar es Salaam Port and along the Corridor routes.