Angola pledges to increase border surveillance with DRC


Angola has said it will increase the number of border guard police to combat the border violations that have been recorded in the neighboring provinces with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the commander general of the National Police, Paulo de Almeida, said on Sunday.

The senior officer of the Angola National Police, who was speaking at the end of an assessment visit to the borders with DRC during the prevailing lockdown, said the measure is due to the fact that the Angolan borders are experiencing a high rate of invasion.

Since the entry into force of the State of Emergency in the country on March 27, the Angolan authorities have registered 504 cases of border violations, which have resulted in the detention of 515 illegal immigrants from the DRC.

Although there are no positive cases of the COVID-19 in the neighbouring provinces with DRC, this should not leave the Angolan authorities relaxed, but rather to increase the level of security at the borders, Paulo de Almeida said.

The four provinces of the DRC namely Kassai, Kassai Central, Lualaba and Cuango that share border with Angola’s eastern Lunda Norte covering 770 kilometers, have an estimated population of around 30 million. Enditem

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