Let Somalis live in peace

The person who shot dead that Ndola man must be punished in accordance with the law. If the person is, after the due process of the law, found guilty of murder or manslaughter, he must be punished accordingly, whether he is Zambian or Somali.

But Zambians in Ndola should not take their lack of Millie meal, fuel and electricity on Somalis.

It is clear that the people who were looting shops owned by Somalis were motivated more by hunger than love of the dead compatriot. If that is not true, how come we saw people carrying bags of rice, sugar and other edibles from those shops?

Is that how we express anger in Zambia now, by stealing food?

It is very shameful that the friendly city of Ndola could engage itself in such lawlessness and stupidity.

There was absolutely no need for Ndola residents to burn the shops of Somalis just because one man presumably Zambian and another presumably Somali fought and one was killed.

The best those who consider themselves Zambian could have done was to avenge the death of their relative on the man who killed him.

Why attack a shop of someone who does not even know the person who killed the other, just because he came from the same country?

Let us not develop a reputation of xenophobia for our country. We have a good reputation so far of being friendly people.

Of course that does not mean other people should take advantage of our good nature. But beating up people from other countries and stealing their food when one of them commits a crime is utter rubbish. There is a civilised and acceptable way of dealing with people who commit crime on the Zambian soil.

Yes in Zambia we have a reputation of administering mob justice which can be or cannot be good depending on the set of facts. But whenever we go that route, we target the culprit as an individual. But why is Ndola targeting innocent Somalis?

Zambian also commits crimes in other countries. We have so many reported cases of Zambian committing crimes in other countries. There are so many Zambians in prisons of different countries. Other Zambians are currently on the run from other countries for crimes they committed as individuals.

Should people in those countries also riot, beat all Zambians and ransack their houses?

We are sure some of those people who were stealing food in the name of avenging the death of their compatriot are now on the buses to South Africa, Tanzania, China and other countries to do business. What if you land their and find that Zambian are targets of a riot because someone from Zambia committed a crime in that country?

Let us learn to demonstrate over things that are truly important.

We should not allow our petty jealousies make us blind and hate foreigners for our failures.

Foreigners could be running successful businesses in Ndola and Zambian failing to operate tumtembas; but that should not be blamed on foreigners.

 

In fact wherever you will go in Africa, you will discover that Africans from other countries are running more successful businesses than the local people.

The issue here is that Ndola residents are not so much angered by the killing of the Zambian; it’s more about the businesses of Somali people.

The PF regime is also directly to blame for the problems in Ndola. The government has in the past few months demonstrated unhealthy hatred for people who are not Zambians.

The PF government has been deporting people for no apparent reasons.

The behaviour of the government has sent signals to the people that this is the time to sort out foreigners who are in Zambia.

The PF regime has created and communicated to the people of Zambia that whenever there is a dispute between a Zambian and foreigner, the foreigner must be sorted out even if he is in the right.

This is what motivated the people of Ndola to steal food from Somalis. The PF is promoting xenophobia through its reckless deportations of foreigners without giving them a chance to seek justice.

When the people of Ndola were beating up Somalis, they believed they had the full backing of the government.

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63 Responses to "Let Somalis live in peace"

  1. peace  December 18, 2012 at 23:42

    peace peace and let the peace stay other wise u will die hungry looting shops of somalis but whay only somalian,what abt those indian and white men who mistreat us like dogs every day yeeeeh i forget chinese they kill us every day i remember last time they kill some 1 and they crushed in a machine, wake up guys why somalis only we have 2 give a lesson all of them……..u have stupid thoughts white men grabbing our land idiots

  2. abdull  December 18, 2012 at 00:19

    I am very sad and upset for what happen in Zambia specially the meaningless and horrible death to the poor Zambia worker and my condolences to his family, relatives, friends and anyone who knew the deceased. I am British born Somali origin who has been working in Zambia for the last 4 years as an investor. I have invested more than 1 million dollars in Zambia and my business still exists and my company directly employs over 25 Zambian workers.
    It’s one of the Islamic laws or pillars and to pay workers ASAP and I believe that as good Muslim that you have to pay your worker just before the month ends. This is always been my procedure and is the procedure of most of the Somalis I have known which is either invested in Zambia or around world.
    Most of the Somali investors are either been living in Zambia long time (over 60 years) or they are from Europe or North America. Most of us (over 99% of the Somali investors) brought their initial investment which is 100 million of dollars with them to Zambia and did not make this fortune in Zambia. Due to civil war in Somalia for last 21 years made Zambia to become the chosen spot to invest in Africa.
    It’s not true, we are not criminals nor do we threat our Zambia brothers and sisters harshly.
    I believe that most of Somali people in Zambia deal with their workers in respect and good manner. I am very disgusted with the action the Zambians took towards the Somali People in Ndola, despite the stupidity of what one Somali individual person done and the horrific crime he is committed.
    On my personal knowledge I have been working/employing Zambians for the past 4 years, I rate them number in African in terms of education and attitude towards work ethic.

    I can’t believe this civilized people can take this kind of actions it’s unbelievable and very impressing towards the Zambian nations. I believe that the crime one person commuted can’t be punished to other good Somali citizens, it not right and not acceptable. Despite our origin, most of us are British, America and Canadian citizens and our wright, lives and fortune/assets is protected by one of the world super powers nations.

  3. The fools don't see.  December 17, 2012 at 12:41

    Iwe kamalondo I want to tell you that yes this country is definately ours.Period! Some of us have travelled extensively and our passports can attest to that.Ukamba chiani iwe galu wakhambi.In you do not know ;you travel to Kenya and ask the Kenyans what they know about the somalians as their nextdoor neighbours.Our princple in zambia now is; TOUCH ONE ZAMBIAN ,YOU TOUCH ALl.And what you saw on Friday is based on that principle.That riot should also serve as a lesson to all foreigners who think they can come here and claim territorial supremancy.We should not allow foreigners to mistreat zambian workers.Zambia is the only country in Africa where a foreigner can do anything with his tail raised high-wagging.I love Zambia and may it be so.

  4. profet  December 17, 2012 at 09:58

    remember there is a lot of u out there in the diaspora. what u did to them is exactly the same measure u will paid with. gud luck.

  5. No Name  December 16, 2012 at 20:07

    Zambia is for Zambians, foreigners need to accept us the way we are. They can either love Zambia or leave it. Ndaba zao!

  6. guled  December 16, 2012 at 19:53

    no hate

  7. guled  December 16, 2012 at 19:49

    today i read most of zambian news press about this issue and 99.9 % of the comments were the some ,i wondered the level of the hate most of the zambians who commented toward the somalis ,also i wonder the level of illitrate and uncivilised way you all of you commenting !! and i think those poor warlords without goverment 22 year are more civilized than you bcoze if 100 somalis were killed in mogadishu by zambian man iam sure they didt behave as you behaved . about the criminal who killed the zambian man i bleive he deserves an eye for an eye

  8. Mubanga  December 16, 2012 at 19:11

    Very good piece of work! WE should not blame all Somalis just because one person from that country committed a crime. It is unfair and should be condemned by the President. One day we shall find ourselves in other people’s country but how shall we feel if we are punished for the sins of other Zambians whom we may not even know? Yes there are some foreigners that mistreat Zambians and these should be dealt with in accordance with the law. But there are also some foreigners that are good and have contributed to our country’s development. Lawlessness has increased in Zambia since PF came to power. If not tamed, this will take us backwards!

  9. A. M. A  December 16, 2012 at 19:05

    Brothers and sister please express the truth. don’t generalize all Somalian community. of course they are not criminal people just one man was killed another one man. you know incidents always happen on the earth of the real world in the real life. please leave it the wrong image against the huge community. because every community having for the different individuals. if I am wrong I apology otherwise that is my idea.

    Thanks for all of you.

  10. Al shabab  December 16, 2012 at 18:40

    Unless U have never stayed in a foreign country, U will never understand how as a kwerekwere U @ the mercy of the owners of the country. What due process are U talking about I wemakaka! in most of these countries U will be burnt alive if U kill one of their own! We had an Art teachera Mr Muzala murdered in cold blood in Botswana some years back, we tried to report the guy who hit him with a piece of firewood on the nape of the head but nothing was done, we were told that its us foreigners bringing trouble to Botswana! that was it! so pliz spare us with this crap of due process! U must be living on Mars!

  11. roger ramjet  December 16, 2012 at 18:08

    Let the Somalis live in peace: in a refugee camp or in Mogadishu!

  12. BuntuBonse  December 16, 2012 at 17:18

    The author is very right. Don’t blame your hunger on innocent people. Our country is very rich but the people are poor because of our CORRUPT leaders.

  13. Kuyumayuma  December 16, 2012 at 17:17

    It seems also Zambians we are to blame,we allow this foreigners to enter our countries without proper papers by being bribed and at the end we are being killed.If you had to find out how that Somalian entered in this country it was through dubias means.Even on mealie meal its has to blame coz we are habouring people from Congo who are buying our maize meal and take to Congo through government road blocks.So how do you blame the Government?Coz our President is trying his best to collect some mistakes and he cannot make it to guard all road blocks.So let us not Politised this issue,BLAME YOURSELVES!

    • Shabba Ranks  December 16, 2012 at 19:24

      Somali people made this comment, you Zambians are complaining over the death of one person, in Somali we die in hundreds.

      • Mubanga  December 16, 2012 at 19:35

        How many people made this comment?

  14. kabonko mathias  December 16, 2012 at 17:09

    NDELOLESHAFYE ABANTU BALESAMPA DOCHI KUBEBA NTUMPE

  15. wajimona  December 16, 2012 at 16:25

    Some Church will say abolish the death sentence.!!

  16. Wapya Baisa  December 16, 2012 at 16:15

    In Kenya these chaps are not liked for their criminal behavior and in Zambia we want to create a safe heaven for them what kind of nonsense is this can a Zambia shot a Somali and let him leave people are taking us for granted

  17. The author is spot on! We can’t generalise and attack “A people” because of the actions of one man. The law and common practices (instant juctice) of the land should prevail and this riotous behaviour. Not all Nigerians are fraud stars despite the reputation that follows them. It also bears merit in suggesting that the Sata Govt actions of deportations have influenced this.

  18. judge of JUDGES  December 16, 2012 at 15:19

    iwe chi prostitute mimi… “It is clear that the people who were looting shops owned by Somalis were motivated more by hunger than love of the dead compatriot. If that is not true, how come we saw people carrying bags of rice, sugar and other edibles from those shops?””” HUNGRY ZAMBIANS LOOTING!!!!

    • mimi  December 16, 2012 at 18:20

      So you are convinced that your ranting has any effect on me. Ha ha ha shame lol.

      • judge of JUDGES  December 16, 2012 at 18:42

        typical kolwestan

  19. John Kaunjika  December 16, 2012 at 14:38

    Zambia is one of the most hospitable countries in Africa and we are in the process of improving the economy of our beloved country.Bwana author where is the source of sympathy for these reclusive people?we are a christian nation alright but we should ask our selves this question,what’s their status in this country? do they come as refugees or investors?if the former,they should be in refugee camps and not in our residential areas depriving Zambians social amenities and impregnating our children.if the later?they should set up meaningful mutli-million dollar investments instead of operating grocery stores and trucking businesses which can be ably operated by Zambians,these people are just a liability and a security threat.It’s time to put our cards on the table and call a spade a spade!!!!

  20. WAKE UP ZAMBIA AND STAND UP  December 16, 2012 at 13:54

    Its the dullness of Shamenda to pass such a misleading decree on the labour market, we should xpect more of such killings because the masses that are affected do not understand that their employers also do not have the money…

  21. Seed Inspector 2012  December 16, 2012 at 13:25

    I beg to differ with the author. He is a typical Somalian.

    • judge of JUDGES  December 16, 2012 at 15:22

      AND YOU ARE TYPICAL EXAMPLE OF A RATS ARSE!!!

  22. wamu  December 16, 2012 at 13:22

    BEFORE YOU KNOW IT,THE SOMALIAN WILL BE OUT ON THE STREET ENJOYING HIS FREEDOM WHILST THE ZAMBIAN WILL BE FOOD FOR THE ANTS UNDERGROUND,SOME LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WILL BUY AN ALTEEZA FROM THE BLOOD MONEY,WHAT A COUNTRY.

    • judge of JUDGES  December 16, 2012 at 15:26

      ITS CALLED LIFE! DEAL WITH IT!!!

  23. The fools don't see.  December 16, 2012 at 12:39

    To some extend I agree with the author,but beg to differ with him on a number of issues:
    We will allow foreigners such as somalians to live in our country in peace as long as PEACE starts with them.We will not allow foreigners walk about with their TAILS raised and wagging up;insulting and beating up zambian workers with impunity.
    The other issue is how the police have handled cases involving foreigners.You would find a foreigner who has
    Committed a serious offence is let loose within hours after his arrest. .Meanwhile, those offended/ complainants look foolish because the accused is able buy off his FREEDOM from the Law enforcement agencies ..This kind of behaviour by our Police, where criminals are favoured each time they commit a crime. A foreign criminal can commit crime and get locked up for few hours ,and get released sooner than expected and he is seen in the streets again wagging his tail high and boasting that no police man can touch him.
    Hence,when an opportunity occurs the agreaved masses behave like that-riot.
    Anyway as for the Ndola riots there’s more to it than what meets the EYE.

    • Kamalondo  December 16, 2012 at 14:59

      This a steriotype of Icalo chesu man! if one has nevet tasted other people way of living,Hence His mother(Zambia) is the best cooker!

  24. The fools don't see.  December 16, 2012 at 12:30

    To some extend I agree with the author,but beg to differ with him on a number of issues:
    We will allow foreigners such as somalians to live in our country in peace as long as PEACE starts with them.We will not allow foreigners walk about with their TAILS raised and wagging up;insulting and beating up zambian workers with impunity.
    The other issue is how the police have handled cases involving foreigners.You would find a foreigner who has. Committed a serious offence is let loose within hours after his arrest. .Meanwhile those offended/ complainants look foolish because the accused is able buy off his FREEDOM from the Law enforcement agencies ..This kind of behaviour by our Police, where criminals are favoured each time they commits a crime. A foreign criminal can commit crime and get locked up for few hours ,and get released sooner than expected and he is seen in the streets again wagging his tail high and boasting that no police man can touch him.
    Hence,when an opportunity occurs the agreaved masses behave like that-riot.

  25. The fools don't see.  December 16, 2012 at 12:23

    To some extend I agree with the author,but beg to differ with him on a number of issues:
    We will allow foreigners such as somalians to live in our country in peace as long as PEACE starts with them.We will not allow foreigners walk about with their TAILS raised and wagging up;insulting and beating up zambian workers with impunity.
    The other issue is how the police have handled cases involving foreigners.You would find a foreigner who has. Committed a serious offence is let loose within hours after his arrest. .Meanwhile those offended/ complainants look foolish because the accused is able buy off his FREEDOM from the Law enforcement agencies ..This kind of behaviour by our Police, where criminals are favoured each time they commit a crime A foreign criminal can commit crime by

    and get locked up for few hours ,and get released sooner and he is seen in the streets wagging his tail high and boasting that no police man can touch him.
    Hence,when an opportunity occurs the agreaved masses behave like that-riot.

  26. London  December 16, 2012 at 12:03

    Even here I’m England those chaps are problems always watched by the police? I thank all those brave residents in Ndola who took put to sort them out that is the only way you can deal with those people.

    • BuntuBonse  December 16, 2012 at 17:22

      You must be a sweeper in london from your thinking. You can’t get sense from that article? Do we have to water it down for you bit by bit? if a mad zambian in london kills a Briton all zambians must suffer?? To hell man!

  27. 2720  December 16, 2012 at 12:03

    The author must be insane.

    • BuntuBonse  December 16, 2012 at 17:13

      You are the one who needs psychatric examination if you cannot see sense in the author’s article.

  28. GAY AND PROUD  December 16, 2012 at 11:38

    the problem with somalis is that they are segregative and chaotic in nature. they are the ones who are xenophobic because they wont intergrate in society instead they opt to form small mogadishus around our country.

  29. Defend Democracy  December 16, 2012 at 11:33

    On this one am against the author!! Let Sata and Edgar Lungu and GBM have a clean up on all foriegners! Here we have no Gun laws and we need serioud investigations. These terrorists needs to be checked and taken back to their desert land. Soon they will start bombing us in our churches!! Let govt deport all illegal immigrants!

  30. mimi  December 16, 2012 at 11:27

    Somalians should just go back to their hunger stricken country. They have no right to come to Zambia and start killing us like chickens. Brave Ndola residents and collum mine workers. These stupid foreigners can go if they feel unsafe in Zambia. After all we never get bigheaded when we go tho their countries.

    • somali blood  December 16, 2012 at 15:17

      iwe chi prostitute mimi… “It is clear that the people who were looting shops owned by Somalis were motivated more by hunger than love of the dead compatriot. If that is not true, how come we saw people carrying bags of rice, sugar and other edibles from those shops?””” HUNGRY ZAMBIANS LOOTING!!!!

    • judge of JUDGES  December 16, 2012 at 15:21

      CUNT MIMI “It is clear that the people who were looting shops owned by Somalis were motivated more by hunger than love of the dead compatriot. If that is not true, how come we saw people carrying bags of rice, sugar and other edibles from those shops?””” HUNGRY ZAMBIANS LOOTING!!!!

  31. mulondwe muzungu  December 16, 2012 at 11:14

    SOMALIANS GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY IF YOU ARE READING THIS. YOU ARE NO LONGER WELCOME IN ZAMBIA. YOU ARE ALREADY CAUSING TROUBLE FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR, KENYA. NOW YOU WANT TO BRING TROUBLE TO ZAMBIA. IT IS NOT JUST THIS ONE INCIDENT BUT YOU HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO RUN INTRO TROUBLE WITH THE LAW.

    • Kamalondo  December 16, 2012 at 15:03

      Fortunetly ba Chifita,sorry ba Muzungu Zambia is not your own house! people of any race are welcome in this country!

      • maguys  December 16, 2012 at 20:30

        We are christian nation remember……just 4give.Remember ….”forgive us as we forgive those who tresspass against us”

    • offman2000  December 16, 2012 at 19:43

      With people like you we have no hope……jst saying.

  32. Bobs  December 16, 2012 at 11:08

    So sad , can the PF government declare a state of emergency on Somali nationals especially in Ndola and Lusaka please let us all Zambian keep a close eye on these nationals.PF we believe you can make a difference.

  33. Mufana Wamahafu  December 16, 2012 at 10:35

    All Somalians are into illegal business activities in this country

    • Snake Lady  December 16, 2012 at 11:06

      So when all Somalis are dealt with and deported, crime in this country will come to a dead halt? I can see massive job losses in the security wings as they will have nothing to do any more!

      • offman2000  December 16, 2012 at 19:52

        Correct and how many people are the somalis employing directly and indirectly? How many buildings owned by zambians are they renting? How much tax are they paying? The fabric that holds us together is complex do not over simplify let the somalis stay in peace…….jst saying.

  34. grace  December 16, 2012 at 10:34

    It is true

  35. Patriot  December 16, 2012 at 10:20

    The Somalians, Malians, Senegalese must be screened, those found without proper documentation or those found to have secured fraudulently deported! The cheek of it; the Somalians actually got out their AK47s to fight the Zambians! Security forces should swing in and carry out a blitz for illegal arms and cage the culprits. Odgaden is a hotbed of crime in Ndola.

  36. EZRON  December 16, 2012 at 09:14

    I think these foreners have leant something, that was just a leason.so guys lets put all these things which hapened behind and start where we left, i mean reminding the pf of their promises which they have failed to fufil.

  37. Njekwa  December 16, 2012 at 09:11

    I hope the author of this article is not a Somalian because all Somalians have no place in civiised societies they are simply criminals who should not be given an inch of freedom. Zambians wake up lets not sale this land for 30 silver coins these criminals called Somalians should all of them be declared illegal immigrants and deported immediately.

    • Joseph Mbesuma  December 16, 2012 at 09:23

      That is the limit of being illitrate and uncivilised. After such a well written article!

  38. Holocaust survivor  December 16, 2012 at 08:44

    Somalians are criminals. You need to have a strict eye on them or this country will be messed up by them. Ask Kenyans they will tell you.

    • Joseph Mbesuma  December 16, 2012 at 09:26

      What are you talking about? How would we feel if someone geralised and said Zambians are criminals while we are in a foriegn land, just becoause of an individual

  39. Hencks  December 16, 2012 at 08:38

    Somalians are getting what they deserve. Generally that’s how it works. You throw ten ground nuts in your mouth, if one of them was rotten, they will all test rotten. If a country was a wall, even the inocent suffer the consequencies. That’s just how it works. Some more somali beating please!!!

  40. Mpangula Mputyu  December 16, 2012 at 08:20

    MHSRIP. That Somali must be punished. Dicipline and Punishment Go hand in hand.

  41. district123  December 16, 2012 at 08:11

    The sad part is that all the people rioting have not experienced the KK days, where the foreigners where ill treated until they left and we decided to nationalize all the profitable companies. Results where all poor…. Shops became empty all the companies where managed incorrectly and we started a new culture called stealing. We became the best at this game as it was the easiest one and we could all do it with being punished.

  42. Gundown  December 16, 2012 at 08:08

    Somalis are Ungovernable so they should go back to their country and make it governable for their children’s seek.

    How many Zambians have died in Czech republic and Russia? not to mention Congo and South Africa. were they given that due process? In Zambia you are busy preaching this due process when others can not show it on you in their countries. Most Zambians are toooo docile to an extent of electing foreigners, convicts and Lunatics to be Presidents.

  43. judge of JUDGES  December 16, 2012 at 07:51

    “It is clear that the people who were looting shops owned by Somalis were motivated more by hunger than love of the dead compatriot. If that is not true, how come we saw people carrying bags of rice, sugar and other edibles from those shops?” TYPICAL ZAMBIANS!!!!

  44. Ken Ngondo  December 16, 2012 at 07:32

    Very accurate and simply put.

  45. Businu buenu bilima  December 16, 2012 at 07:27

    Peace, love, respect.

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