President Edgar Lungu has issued a Special Operational Order to the security services to restore law and order in some parts of Lusaka.
President Lungu who is also Commander-in-Chief the Armed Forces issued the order Wednesday afternoon two days after riots targeted at foreign nationals broke out in Lusaka and surrounding areas.
Special Assistant to the President- Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda said the order was specifically designed to stop the recent spate of ritual murders and the resultant rioting in some townships where irresponsible people spread inflammatory rumours against certain nationalities.
He said the operational order will be reviewed tomorrow.
And soldiers from Zambia Army have already taken over patrols in compounds which were characterised by riots and looting of foreign owned shops.
Zambia Police officers who were deployed to these areas have since been withdrawn.
Residents in several compounds rioted on Monday and yesterday on news that a foreigner had been arrested in connection with ritual murders that have rocked the capital city.
Meanwhile, two people were burned to death on Monday during xenophobic violence in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, the police have said in a statement.
The riots started after rumours that Rwandans were behind recent ritual killings in the city.
The police did not give the nationalities of those killed and urged people not to believe “false rumours”.
More than 250 people have been arrested after more than 60 Rwandan-owned shops were looted in two days of violence.
Six people have been murdered since March and their body parts removed.
Rumours circulated that the body parts would be used as charms to ensure success in business.
“No baby or human body parts were found in any fridge belonging to any foreign national. These statements are coming from people with criminal minds to create alarm among the members of the public and justify their criminality,” police spokeswoman Charity Munganga said in a statement.