Ndola shooting: residents take the opportunity to riot over mealie-meal shortages

What started as mini-riot by Ndola residents to retaliate the shooting of a domestic worker by a Somali national has turned into a fully-fledged riot over mealie-meal by some hungry Ndola residents.

Police were this morning forced to move in and fire tear gas to disperse hundreds of hungry and angry residents, who looted mealie-meal and other groceries.

More than five shops were broken into and looted in Ndeke and Masala townships as well as Ndola town centre by residents, who have been frustrated by the shortages and high costs of mealie-meal.

A crunch shortage of mealie-meal has hit most parts of the country, especially the copperbelt, forcing prices of the staple commodity to rise to between K80,000 and K100,000 which is beyond the reach of many struggling citizens.

Yesterday, a Somalian  based  in Ndola shot dead his domestic worker  for demanding a two month salary amounting to K400,000 (USD$75).

Holland Kabaso from Chipulukusu compound, who was a house servant, went to ask for his salary from his employer when the Somalian got angered. The Somalian who was staying in Zamtel Flats then pulled his gun and shot Kabaso in the head and died on the spot.

The Somalian only identified as Omar is currently in detention at Ndola Central Police Station.

But Ndola residents used the opportunity to riot over mealie-meal shortages.

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105 Responses to "Ndola shooting: residents take the opportunity to riot over mealie-meal shortages"

  1. Chimbwi No Plan  December 16, 2012 at 10:58

    Remove the racial from all this !!! This is clearly about people being hungry and angry about the current situation as it pans out in the country !! I support and hail the people who rioted to express their feelings instead of sitting around being docile !!!!
    This is the way to go in order to send a strong message to the PF government over the food shortages !!!!
    We expect other towns to follow this way of expressions !!!!

  2. kute  December 16, 2012 at 10:11


  3. Abdulla  December 16, 2012 at 03:25

    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.

  4. An Alien in LSK xx  December 15, 2012 at 14:29

    This man is a Somali yes but dont spoil for us who are foreigners and have found a home in Zambia. Why would one say ‘Get Somali’s Out of Zambia,’ when other nations let Zambians stay in their home country…If its possible this man should be hanged but dont go sterotyping other foreigners who invest their money on the mother land.RIP Holland.xx
    PS: Lets not turn Zambia into a Mogadishu with looting and rioting.

  5. zed one  December 15, 2012 at 14:14

    just debate based on facts. dont bring in tribe.

  6. Zed Kid  December 15, 2012 at 12:12

    It truly is sad that a life has been lost over what appears to have been a very simple matter. But I have come to learn that there are always 2 sides to a story. What does the Somali have to say in his defence?

    It is also heart wrenching to see people take out their anger and frustration on innocent Somalis. These people are being judged on the actions of one man. That is truly unfair. My fellow Zambians please let us practice restraint. Yes, it is hard to see a foreign national take the life of a zambian but that does not justify rioting, looting or violence. We have a justice system that is fully capable of dealing with this matter. But until justice runs its course, let us be peaceful.

    At the end of the day we are all humans and we are all connected, whether you are black, white, zambian or somali.Any good you do always comes back to you. Equally, any misdeeds you partake in will surely come back to you. Let us live as 1.

    One Zambia, One Nation, One Love

  7. Patriot  December 15, 2012 at 11:42


    • Abdulla  December 16, 2012 at 04:21

      Please Remember Patriot

      Despite our ethnic origin being Somali. However, 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.

  8. Oracle  December 15, 2012 at 07:44

    Zambian youth. You are absolute right!!!

    Please carry on with your constructive contributions.

  9. c k  December 15, 2012 at 07:35

    why dont u concentrate on yo useless post newspaper instead of condeming zw?

  10. asasaasas  December 14, 2012 at 21:04

    you PF supporters stop being idiots and embesiles.accept when things are bad.you are so senseless people and so tribal you bemba idiots.How can you compare sata to hh.which school did sata go to, nowhere thats why he is failing to run the country.people where told that this man had nothing to offer.He always fears debates.He cant debate with HH OR NEVERS MUMBA.SCHOOL IS IMPORTANT BUT YOU FOOLS KEPT ON SAYING YOU DONT NEED TO BE EDUCATED TO BE IN STATE HOUSE BUT NOW MWAZIONELA VIPUBA VAKANTU

    • Sosa  December 15, 2012 at 07:06

      Language chabe ilangisha your level of reasoning

    • jahhova  December 15, 2012 at 07:25

      Iwe asasaas
      You are dull.Who told you that Nevers Mumba is Educated? Which education?just knowing 30 verses in the bible and you call that education.Leave Sata alone tamwakateke Zambia

  11. aon  December 14, 2012 at 18:05

    Castrate that cow then hang him by his ***k

  12. king  December 14, 2012 at 16:47

    Honestly guys if its not hunger then why loot?There is hunger in this country especially Ndola itself.

  13. William  December 14, 2012 at 16:01

    Do you know that Somalian are company ouwners and they give many zambian jobs. they are not poor people so those of us to whom just taking advantage over situation please remain in calm and do not generalise what one person did.
    Many people has hate,ignorance and jealous towards to somali people.
    These people are tax payer and job creators so please do not cut flowery tree.
    Finaly many of us do not know the somalian gave us hand during colonial time period. They helped us to recover and rebuild the country after colonial time.
    Mr Wiliam

    • koshin  December 15, 2012 at 21:43

      that is true actualy im a somalian person it is a sad what have did mr hashi and im vry sorry but i wana to remnd those are commented here it is true us we are forein but dont fot get is the one who did this bad action and his on the jail why all zambian pepole te be abset there is gvment here let they investigate what is happed in ndola if we are somali cummunity we are not brougth hre in zambia lootig or voilence we hve jst came with peacefuly investors and some things like that and realy iwill appreciat haw to keep us Zambian goverment iwll suggesting to stoping that bad behavior those are still running on and also dont forget somalian peple is the only people those geven u hand and help full when u are uder colonialism and actualy rebuilding u country thnks

  14. fonko fonko abwela  December 14, 2012 at 15:45

    you! if a dog bites you can you slap a goat?

  15. humphrey  December 14, 2012 at 15:44

    Remove death penalty from the penal code quickly

  16. Viva Kambwili  December 14, 2012 at 15:38

    We need Kambwili to sort out the Somalis. Ba ya sana ba mambala

  17. Monk Square Shootist  December 14, 2012 at 15:26

    In your own skull, not in our minds. We love them.

  18. Atas  December 14, 2012 at 15:19

    The topic is about a somalian killing a zambian during the pf s tenure. how does the innocent HH amd NM come in??? Shaka la zulu Tell us

  19. Fray  December 14, 2012 at 15:14

    It is only a govt which does not care which will sit back & watch its citizenry being abused by these stupid foreigners in the name of infestors

  20. James Haabazombe  December 14, 2012 at 15:14

    But Zambia Watchdog you are very unZambian, Non patrotic and possibly you would rejoice if things were very bad in Zambia. Ndola residents were not rioting because of mealie meal shortages please get it. This riot is emanating from a Somalian shooting a Zambian. You should be ashamed of yourself for this story. I am not PF but as a Zambian I am hate to be misrepresented by you in this manner. Concerned Citizen

    • DISGRUNTLED YOUTH  December 14, 2012 at 15:31

      You idiot, no one is misrepresenting you.ZWD represents itself !!!

      • James Haabazombe  December 15, 2012 at 09:32

        I am not an idiot. This story is incorrect and you yourself know that. Only Somali shops and homes were looted in anger of what a Somali did to a Zambian.
        We have mealie meal factories in Ndola which were not affected. There is poverty in Zambia but we are not violent people as you want others to believe

    • blago  December 14, 2012 at 19:13

      I thought you will provide evidence to the contrary!

  21. wango walla  December 14, 2012 at 15:11

    Blue lies. the rioting has nothing to do with mealie meal. Check your facts before misleading the public. I am in Ndola myself. Even last year when election results were delayed people rooted foodstuffs

  22. ndeke  December 14, 2012 at 15:04

    hh will exchange this country with cattles while nevers will sell zed y, he has sold the house the church bought.

    • Monk Square Shootist  December 14, 2012 at 15:12

      Sorry, you are out of topic sir. Somalians’ presence and shortage of mealie meal has nothing to do with HH and NM. Woooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

    • DISGRUNTLED YOUTH  December 14, 2012 at 15:17

      You are just a PF idiot thug who shud be ignored by any right thinking person. Like your leaders,something must be troubling your small mind. HH is much smarter than CNP.

    • aon  December 15, 2012 at 06:03

      This asshole is not PF is just an Idiot with remote thoughts. These foreigners need to be taken to refugee camps and properly screened. Elo retire some characters at the immigration dept, those have got a “couch potato” work ethic.

  23. ndeke  December 14, 2012 at 14:59

    kk you are wright they are fools we will deal with these idots.

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