The three Chinese business executives who were killed by bandits in Kitwe last week have been cremated at the Chingola Road cemetery.
First Lady Esther Lungu, who attended the cremation, said that the killing of three Chinese nationals on October 26 in Kitwe’s Garnatone area was regrettable.
Mrs. Lungu said that the Zambian people were devastated at the gruesome murder of the three. She said the death of the three Chinese nationals should not break the relationship between Zambia and China that has existed for decades.
The First lady said government is doing everything possible to bring the culprits to book.
Mrs. Lungu said this during the cremation of the three Chinese nationals at Kitwe Chingola Road Cemetery on Tuesday.
Mrs Lungu said that President Edgar Lungu is saddened that Zambians can behave in such a manner and has since directed the police to bring the culprits to book as soon as possible.
And Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming has appealed to the Zambian Government to arrest the criminals that murdered the three Chinese nationals and take necessary action to safeguard the Chinese community.
Mr. Youming said China will continue working with Zambia to strengthen their relations.
He said the Chinese community is touched that First Lady Esther Lungu attended the funeral of the three Chinese nationals that were killed in Kitwe.
Meanwhile, Kitwe District Commissioner Chanda Kabwe said that three people have since been arrested in connection with the killings and will appear in court soon.
Mr. Kabwe also disclosed that the police have intensified patrols in Garnatone in view of the killings.
The three are Wang Gang, Yu Xiao Bin, Wang Hui of Golden King Investments, which deals in building materials, and employees about 70 Zambians.