Kanganja blames falsehoods for the Kitwe riots

By Staff Reporter

Copperbelt Police says the riot experienced on the Copperbelt Province happened as a result of falsehood peddled by people with concealed agenda.

Inspector General of police Kakoma Kanganja in a statement on Tuesday said due to the foregoing, the police wished to inform members of the public that police had instituted investigations in the matter.

Kanganja said the investigations would not only focus on those criminal elements that took part in the riot and looting of two shops belonging to foreign nationals but extend to all those that orchestrated the falsehoods which led to the disturbance.

“Police are also investigating those issuing racial and discriminatory remarks which are likely to propagate xenophobic attacks. Section 67 of Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia criminalizes any act of publishing false news whether orally or in writing or any statement, rumor or report which is likely to cause fear and alarm to the public or to disturb public peace,” said Kanganja.

He further said that section 70 of the same Act prohibits any person from expressing or showing hatred, ridicule or contempt for persons on the basis of their race, tribe, and place of origin or color.

“I am sending a warning to members of the public, political parties and any other grouping to desist from such criminal acts. The conduct by those behind the riots in Kitwe will not be condoned by police; therefore, all those that had a hand in it will face the wrath of the Law,” warned Kanganja.

He further advised the public to always verify any information before taking any action and should always follow the legally laid down procedures.

Kitwe residents on Monday rioted against the sale of a parastatal company – Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation Limited (ZAFFICO) to alleged Chinese firm.