Eleven suspects who allegedly took part in rioting and looting shops owned by Somalis yesterday appeared before a Ndola magistrate's court amid tight security.
The 11 appeared before Magistrate Ben Akende charged with rioting, relating to the retaliation on Somalis after a Zambian worker was shot dead.
Those who appeared were Patricia Mwape, 28, of Ndeke, Chanda Mutale, 32, of KX, Richard Mibenge, 19, of Ndeke, Thomas Chipasha, 34, of New Mushili, Jonathan Nkandu, 28, of Kaloko, and Kelvin Bwalya, 25, of Mushili Bonano.
Others were Wilson Msandu, 25, of Lubuto West, Brighton Kabungo, 31, of Mushili Kansengu, Davies Musonda, 21, of Lubuto West, Frederick Tembo, 19, of Kabushi and Charity Musonda, 31, also of Kabushi.
It is alleged that on December 14 this year, while acting together, the accused unlawfully assembled and executed a riot which caused a breach of the peace and terror to the public.
They have all denied the charge and will appear on December 31 this year for commencement of trial. They were remanded in custody.
There was heavy police presence at the court premises as the 11 were brought to the court in the afternoon and only a handful of relatives were allowed to follow the court proceedings.
On Friday last week, some residents rioted and looted shops in Ndeke, Masala, and the town centre following the shooting of Holland Kabaso, who was employed as a cook by a Somali national.
The Somali, Omar Mohammed Hashi, 30, of Flat Number 1, Catchpole Flat on Kopa Road near the town centre allegedly shot dead Mr Kabaso last week on Thursday.
He appeared in court for murder on Monday.