President Edgar Lungu has expressed deep concern over reported xenophobic incidences going on in the Republic of South Africa.
However, Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda, told journalists in Kabwe that no Zambian has been attacked in the current xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
Mr Chanda revealed that the reports reaching Zambia so far are that South African nationals are targeting Malawians in the xenophobic attacks that have rocked that country in the last few days.
He said in retaliation, Malawian nationals yesterday set a South African bus, a situation which he described as ugly occurrence.
Mr Chanda said President Lungu, as Chairperson for Troika, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) organ on peace, defence and security, has since called SADC Chairperson and Namibia’s President, Hage Geingob to express his concern.
He said President Lungu has urged President Geingob to rally solidarity in support South African authorities to deal with the problem as soon as possible so that peace and security is restored immediately.
Mr Chanda said President Lungu wants to ensure that the problem is sorted out soon so that SADC retains its exemplary character as a peaceful bloc in the African Union.
He said the President Lungu and President Geingob will soon engage their South African counterpart, President Cereal Ramaphosa, in the shortest time possible to deal with the matter so that it is brought under control.
He said so far, the Ministry of International Development and Cooperation in South Africa, through its Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, will soon convene an urgent meeting for selected SADC members, among them Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana and Namibia.
Mr Chanda said president Lungu does not want to see citizens of one country to be averse to the citizens of other countries within the SADC region.
He added that the High Commission in South Africa was working closely with the South African Department of International Relations to ensure that the Zambian community in that country was safe.
Concerned at the incidents of xenophobia in S/Africa, Pres. Lungu has telephoned Namibia Pres. Geingob, the chair of SADC, to rally regional solidarity to support S/Africa deal with this ugly stain on the region. SADC Organ chair also concerned at retaliatory action from Malawi.
— Amos Chanda (@AmosNChanda) March 30, 2019