Zambia's president 'shamed' by xenophobic riots
Zambia's president has expressed the country’s collective shame over the attacks on some foreign nationals.
On Monday, riots started in the capital, Lusaka. Hundreds of people threw stones and broke into shops held by foreigners, accusing immigrants of being involved in ritual killings. Extra riot police were deployed into troubled areas.
More than 250 people have been arrested so far.
Addressing more than 300 refugees from Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo who are sheltering at St Ignatius Church in Lusaka, President Edgar Lungu declared he was ashamed by the attacks launched against foreigners.
"I take full responsibility on behalf of the Zambian people. I also assure you of full protection and security of your person and property."
The president also qualified this senseless violence as being acts of criminality rather than xenophobia.
Mr Lungu said he would tackle the matter in collaboration with the UN and church.