The driver, who has been identified as Derrick Chanda, was driving a Mercedes Benz truck registration number ACP1329 belonging to Orodere Transport of Lusaka and transporting cement into the Congo DR.
Sources at the Zambia Revenue Authority customs office at Kasumbalesa and police confirmed the incident that happened at Lumada, 20 kilometres into Congo.
According to the sources, a group of Congolese blocked the road at a sloppy area demanding that the truck allows them to pass as they were going for burial.
The source explained that the truck tried to swerve and in the process overturned and spilt the cement which was looted by the same people, including suspected Congolese police officers.
“When they looted the cement, the story changed from going for burial and now they accused him of having hit one mourner and they pushed him back inside the truck and burnt him beyond recognition,” the source explained.
“So the drivers from Tanzania, South Africa and Zambia have all parked, the border has since been closed and as a show of solidarity, they are demanding that the Congolese border closes permanently and Congo isolated because of the behaviour of the Congolese. It’s barbaric…so they wanted him to give them money…the lorry boy escaped and we are told he is from Ndola and currently he’s at Kakoso clinic in Chililabombwe.”
Chanda together with his helper was believed to be from Ndola.
A delegation from Zambia yesterday crossed into Congo to establish what caused the driver to be burnt to death.