Bags of corns, beans and peanut and other food products estimated at over 60,000 tons are blocked at the Kitenge train station, about 900 km from Lubumbashi in the Katanga department in DRC. They are exposed to bad weather. The owners of this cargo, hundreds of traders from Kitenge, complain and their President has launched a SOS.
According to Floribert Banze, president of the Business Federation of Congo (FEC) in Kitenge, these products have been purchased since 2nd May 2014. They hang out at the station of Kitenge lack of empty wagon available for evacuation to consumption centers, including the Kasai district and Lubumbashi in the Katanga department.
According to the same economic operator, some of these products are getting spoiled. And if the situation is not settled before the end of the year, they will lose everything, “the goods and money.”
The Business Federation of Congo appeals to provincial authorities to put pressure on the leaders of the National Society of the Congo Railways (SNCC) to make available wagons and viable means at their disposal to convey the goods.