Police fire tear gas to disperse traders protesting against Congelese
Police in Kitwe this morning fired tear-gas canisters to disperse traders at Chisokone Market who protested against the presence of Congolese traders following the burning to death of a Zambian truck driver at the Kasumbalesa Border Post last week.
The protesting traders destroyed stalls belonging to Congolese nationals in the market
It was hard for a ZNBC News crew to get a clear picture of the situation because of the tear-gas.
Business came to a standstill as stalls were forced to close as the situation became tense.
Traders shouted that they did not want their Congolese counterparts to conduct business at the Market.
Most of the Congolese traders did not show up at the market today.
Meanwhile, wholesale traders from Chisokone Market staged a peaceful demonstration against plans by the Kitwe City Council to move them to Nakadoli Market.
The traders who matched to the Civic Centre demanded to be addressed by the District Commissioner Elias Kamanga who told them there will be stakeholders meeting at 1400 hours on Monday to resolve the matter.
In Lusaka at Soweto market, some Congolese traders were also harassed over the death of the Zambian truck driver an incident which the Minister of Home Affairs condemned.