A Rwandan diplomat has praised Zambia’s police for their efforts in ending xenophobic attacks on its nationals in the capital, Lusaka, the Lusaka Times newspaper reports.
“We are happy with the quick Police response to the attacks apparently targeted at our nationals and their properties by the Police”, Abel Buhungu, the charge d’affaires at Rwanda’s High Commission in Zambia, is quoted as saying
“We are also satisfied that there has been increased deployment of police presence even in areas not affected yesterday,” he added.
Police said they had arrested more than 250 people after at least 62 Rwandan-owned shops were looted yesterday and on Monday in what Zambians have described as the worst xenophobic violence seen in the country.
The situation appears to be calm today in the nine neighbourhoods of Lusaka which were hit by the unrest, reports the BBC’s Meluse Kapatamoyo from the city.
The riots were sparked by allegations that Rwandans were behind the ritual killings of seven Zambian in recent weeks.
Police say they are investigating the killings.
Rwandans say they are living peacefully in Zambia, and are not behind the killings.