17 December 2012

Zambia: Violence Is Not the Answer - CPFZ

Some Ndola residents last Friday looted shops belonging to Somalis after a Zambian was shot dead by a Somali business executive.

By GIDEON THOLE -

THE Crime Prevention Foundation of Zambia (CPFZ) has urged members of the public to desist from getting involved in acts which erode investor confidence and loss of business by resorting to rioting and looting whenever they are aggrieved.

CPFZ national chairperson Jonathan Zulu said incidences such as the looting of shops owned by Somalis, which led to a business standstill on Friday, were retrogressive to the country's social and economic development.

Mr Zulu said in an interview in Ndola yesterday that his organisation condemned the killing of a Zambian servant by his Somalian boss. He also criticised the looting which followed in Ndola's city centre and various parts of the city.

He urged both Zambian and foreign nationals to exercise restraint in the manner they conducted their businesses to ensure that they co-existed.

"Ndola commonly known as a friendly city should be guarded by all. The looting which led to the abrupt closure of businesses in the first and second class trading area, Main Masala Market, Ndeke and other parts of Ndola resulted into the loss of business for the whole day for both Zambian and Somali entrepreneurs," Mr Zulu said.

He said if riots and looting continued, foreign investors would be discouraged from bringing their capital in Zambia.

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