Riots have erupted in Lusaka’s Zingalume and George compounds where some Zambians have looted foreign-owned shops over suspicions of links to recent ritual murders in the area.
Police Spokesperson Charity Munganga-Chanda confirmed in a statement that some people looted shops belonging to Rwandese nationals in the area after word went round that some people found human body parts in one of the shops belonging to a Rwandese national.
Mrs Chanda said the residents are suspecting that these foreigners are the ones behind the ritual murders.
She stated that four shops had been looted, so far on suspicion that they are involved in the recent murders which have been happening in the area.
“More officers in full riot gear have been deployed in the area,” she said.
Some residents interviewed said they want the Rwandese to leave the country because they are allegedly bad people.
They complained that the Rwandese have also taken over all the business opportunities in the area adding that some of their businesses are not genuine.
By press time, the riots had spread to Lilanda and some parts of Chunga area.
At least six people have been found dead in the area since last month with body parts, including hearts, genitals and ears, removed.
President Edgar Lungu yesterday announced that Police arrested four people over the killings.
Residents in Zingalume burned down a community police station last month in protest over the murders.