13 August 2014

Angola: Commander Worried About Vulnerability On Border With DRC

Mbanza Congo — The National Police Border Command of Angola (PGFA) voiced concern over the continued violations on the border strip between the country's northern province of Zaire and neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by foreign citizens of various nationalities.

This was expressed Wednesday in Mbanza Congo, northern Zaire province, by the National Commander of Border Police, the Chief Commissioner, António Pedro Kandela.

Addressing the meeting of members of the Consultative Council of the provincial command of the National Police, the commander said that the signs reported at the Luvo Border Check Point, since the late 2013, were quite worrying.

He added that this was evident in term of violation on border, either systematically and in some business on illicit export of fuel as well as local and foreign currency to the DRC.

According to the senior officer of National Police Border, the visit to the northern region is intended to assess the condition of staff and study the possibility to increase the number along the border with the Congo.

He also spoke of the need to strengthen the technical and operational means.

The visiting delegation travelled Tuesday to the Border municipality of Cuimba, 80km from the province's capital Mbanza Congo, to assess the operation of border check points of Luangu and Minga, in Luvaca commune.

On Wednesday the delegation left for the municipality of Nóqui to asses the local sector.

The agenda also include visit to Soyo municipality.

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