President Edgar Lungu has described as unacceptable today’s protests by University of Zambia students over the attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.
Hundreds of UNZA students this morning disrupted business at some shopping malls in Lusaka after they invaded Manda Hill and East Park Malls to protest against the ongoing xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
The students, who targeted mainly South African-owned businesses such as Pick n Pay, Hungry Lion and Shoprite, staged the protest to show their displeasure over the attacks and killing of foreign nationals in that country.
The students later marched to the South African Embassy in Kabulonga where they demanded that they be addressed by South African high commissioner to Zambia, Sikose Mji.
The UNZA students began throwing objects inside the high commission premises after growing frustrated that their demands were not being met forcing police officers to fire teargas canisters in an effort to disperse them.
Reacting to the incidents, President Edgar Lungu described the UNZA students’ conduct as unacceptable.
And President Lungu has condemned the ongoing Xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
“I wish to condemn the ongoing xenophobic attack in South Africa in all its forms and manifestations,” President Lungu said in a statement issued by his spokesperson Isaac Chipampe today.
“Attacks of this nature targeted at foreign nations call for urgent concerted measures by the South African Government and the regional bodies.”
He added: “I call on all Zambians both locally and abroad to remain calm and disengage from acts of violence as they voice out their grievance.
“I wish to assure you all that together, we are working on solutions to combat xenophobia and bring back the spirit of Ubuntu.
“Let us continue praying for peace and unity across the region.”