Lawyers in Zambia demand probe into xenophobic attacks
26 April 2016, 18:03
Lusaka – The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has made a call to politicians to look into the killings that sparked recent xenophobic violence in the southern African country.
According to The Post, LAZ president Linda Kasonde said police and the government should intervene in order to ensure that no more foreign nationals were killed.
Kasonde said this after at least two people were burnt to death in Zambia during riots targeting Rwandan-owned shops over allegations that foreigners were behind a string of ritual killings.
The violence erupted last week in slum areas of the capital of Lusaka following the murders of at least seven people, whose body parts, such as ears, hearts and penises had been removed.
Hundreds of residents stoned houses and shops owned by foreign nationals, with some foreigners seeking refuge at police stations as looters took food, drinks, refrigerators and other electrical appliances.
Kasonde called on the police to launch an investigation into the matter.
"This can happen anywhere in the world. When it happened in South Africa, we were shocked, and there was an outpouring of rage from the Zambians and yet here we are, this thing has happened in our own country," Kasonde was quoted as saying.
Kasonde said it was clear that the attacks were feulled by xenophobic hatred and should not be regarded as political.
Reports on Monday quoted former Zambian president Guy Scott as saying the xenophobic attacks were a result of "political discontent".
He also questioned if Zambia had the ability to protect foreign nationals living in the country.