ZAMBIA Police in Lusaka has received a formal complaint from owners of Horse Shoe Restaurants against accusations of racism.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said apart from the initial person who started accusing the restaurant management of racism, there was another group that had approached the police asking for permission to demonstrate at Horse Shoe but were denied the right because there was no incriminating evidence.
She, however, said the owners of Horse Shoe Restaurant have challenged anyone who has experienced racial abuse to submit evidence to Police.
“No worker at Horse Shoe or anyone has come to complain to the Police of any ill-treatment bordering on racial abuse except the owners of restaurant who has vehemently denied racial abuse of his workers or customers,” Ms Katongo.
Ms Katongo said investigations have since been instituted to find the people who started the whole social media racism discourse against Horse Shoe management.
“It is not difficult to get hold of the people behind this but we are not going to pre-empt our plans because we are looking at both sides of the coin. I can confirm that this is a matter that we are working on seriously,” she said.
A check at Horse Shoe by the Sunday Times revealed that business was running normally at the restaurant that is situated along Nangwenya Road in Kabulonga.
Recently, the social media was awash with accusation of racism at Horse Shoe. #shutdownthehorseshoe was trending on Twitter.
Trouble ensued when a Lusaka resident attempted to make a reservation for her birthday gig at the Horse Shoe in Lusaka’s Rhodespark area.However she was met with a horrific scene in which a black Zambian employee was being hurled with insults and racist comments by the place’s owners who are believed to be of Greek origin.
Mwambazi, disgusted by the ordeal later took them on but was instead called “a foolish black woman” by Nikki Ioannou believed to be part of the proprietors.
She was also told to “shut the f***** up” as she tried to defend the miserable and tormented Zambian worker who was referred to at some point as a “good for nothing dog”.