Looting of foreigner’s shops rocks Lusaka compounds

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Some Lusaka residents have taken advantage of the public’s anger over the xenophobic attacks in South Africa to loot shops belonging to foreign nationals.

Two shops in Lusaka’s Mtendere East area were last night looted around 20:00 hours while similar incidences have also been reported in Misisi, Kuku and Chipata compounds.

A visit by Phoenix staffer Prudence Siabana to Mtendere East compound this morning found all shops belonging to foreigners mostly owned by Tanzanians, Chinese and Rwandans closed with only those owned by Zambians open.

Most of those affected were not available to talk because they were afraid but some eye witnesses talked to narrated what happened.

Meanwhile, the residents have called on police to quickly deploy officers in the area to avoid the reoccurrence of the incident.

And Zambia police spokesperson Esther Katongo has confirmed receiving reports of looting in Mtendere and Kuku compounds and said investigations have since been instituted.

Yesterday, University of Zambia students protested against the violent attacks against foreign nationals in South Africa. The students invaded Manda Hill and East Park malls where they targeted South African chain stores such as Shoprite, Pick n Pay and Hungry Lion.

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