NAKONDE, ZAMBIA – Confusion reigned at Nakonde /Tunduma in Muchinga Province yesterday following protests by call boys who blocked Tanzanian vehicles and nationals from crossing into Zambia.
Tanzanian authorities arrested 17 call-boys from Zambia at Tunduma yesterday for allegedly stealing from shops and unsuspecting shoppers.
ZANIS reports that Nakonde District Commissioner Field Simwinga has confirmed the development in an interview in Nakonde adding that the boys staged their protest after some of their colleagues got arrested by the Tanzanian authorities.
The 17 boys are among those who escort cross border traders into Tanzania for business.
They normally assist cross border traders in negotiations when buying various merchandise and later assist in the transportation of the purchased merchandise across the border.
The confusion resulted in the temporal closure of the border for about two hours.
Police in full riot gear from both Zambia and Tanzania fought running battles and consequently fired teargas canisters to disperse the protesters.
Later on, Zambian authorities led by Nakonde District Commissioner (DC ) Field Simwinga later crossed into Tanzania to negotiate for the release of the boys.
They were later transferred to Nakonde police station were formalities for their unconditional release was done.
By press time the call boys were spotted bundled in Tanzanian vehicles being escorted by armed police officers across the border.
Nakonde DC Simwinga who said operations at the border have since resumed has since advised Zambians doing business in Tanzania to ensure that they follow the law.