Xenophobia: Hundreds of Somalians in Ndola spend night in the rain

Over two hundred Somali families in Ndola have spent a night in a garage amidst heavy rains.

The families were displaced from their houses by Police following violent riots that rocked the City of Ndola.

Watch Zambians stealing food from Somalian shops in the name of rioting here

Some of their houses have been damaged by an angry mob which was expressing anger over the shooting of a Zambian domestic worker by his Somali boss.

The Somali families have appealed for quick

intervention from the Zambian Government, saying the situation is getting out of hand.In a related development, victimization of Somali Nationals has spread to Lusaka.
Some notorious gangs are threatening and victimizing some Somalians in some parts of Lusaka.Home affairs minister Edger Lungu has told MUVI TV News that police is aware of such maneuvers and are monitoring the situation.He said it is unfair for Zambians to extend their anger to all the Somalians in Zambia.Copperbelt Police Commissioner Mary Tembo discloses that six hundred and thirty six families were moved to a garage for safety during riots that marred Ndola City.

Ms Tembo further discloses that forty two Zambians suspected to have been perpertrators of the violent riots have been detained.
Among the suspects in custody four are female.

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43 Responses to "Xenophobia: Hundreds of Somalians in Ndola spend night in the rain"

  1. innocent citizen  December 16, 2012 at 22:40

    i just want say my word shortly, you zambians i have read all your comments and i have seen the deeply jealous which is in your heart, first you have to know that the somalians they are not cheap people the somalians are business people and they are reach thanks god, there s million zambian who work somalians and the way somalians they traet them is clear and every one knows, so i just want to send this advice to foolish people who are writing the useless comments and you have to think like a human being if you think like alcoholic you increase the enemy b/ween somalian and zambian and you will see many zambian who are suffering lack of food and hunger, i want to thank the zambians who are educated people and understanding way the are giving yours gays

  2. robyfast  December 16, 2012 at 07:24

    US zambians only fight on the media on political and hunger issues. We don’t kno hw use guns. But why allow idiots from outside 2 shoot at us?

  3. Duke  December 16, 2012 at 07:09


    people of the world…why only Zambians?


  4. 419 of Nigeria  December 16, 2012 at 07:08

    Zambians lets try to analyze tngs, a somalian used a gun to shoot an innocent man. is it not total war ?

    Let us stop these nonsense of being used like a condom,you use it you throw it .

  5. Zagwa Zatha  December 16, 2012 at 07:01

    What happened was barbaric, and check what some Somalians think of Zambians http://www.somaliaonline.com/community/showthread.php/69001-Barbaric-Zambians-loot-Somali-businesses?p=899543

  6. Bashapilo  December 16, 2012 at 06:35

    How many times are we going to show good signal u are a fool one day is your father who is going to be killed u fool what are u going to say chikala chobe tawakwata amano. Zambian behaves wel in other countries .

  7. Bashapilo  December 16, 2012 at 06:09

    U somarian u are fool u think the one who died is a rat . Tel your stupide friends to stop behaving like dogs else they wil go back their origin . U are fools dont mention christrinity when when are wrong even Jesus was not tolareting noisense so respect your selves last warning continue enjoing piece in zambia.

  8. Spyglass  December 16, 2012 at 06:03

    We are beginning to lose confidence in the rule of law, that’s why this taking of matters into our own hands. This is especially to the Min of Justice, please stop sending wrong signals to the people or else there will always be consequences.

  9. The fools don't see.  December 16, 2012 at 05:41

    Ezron you are right my brother that there many zambians also living in other countries in the world,but not of course in Somali.Let the somalis find peace in their own country.They say charity begins at home.So how do we trust chaps that have been fighting senselessly for over 21 years.Even monkeys tolerate each other and co-exist.

  10. 419 of Nigeria  December 16, 2012 at 05:41

    Sometimes its good to act harshly on these uncircumcised nitwits. these morons they regard us as cowards.

    Last time Congoless killed our poor truck driver like a coachroache ,honestly are we going to stand and watch them kill us like that ? NO NO NO NO !!! tikazifela chabe Christian nation ? they will finish us kaili.

    It’s time for these somalis to pay for their colleague’s sins.
    viva ndola I wish I was there I would have been the first person to be picked by the police.

  11. EZRON  December 16, 2012 at 05:20

    Guys lets hold our tempor, there are some zambians who are in other countries it can happen 2 them in a same way. U rioted their houses and shops thats enough.lets now think how we are going 2 develop our country.

  12. Alan King  December 16, 2012 at 04:33

    This is absurd. Mob justice and violence supported openly and condoned in this day and age. Or is it ugly only when it is the white man who is doing it. This is racism, xenophobia, hate, madness and sheer inhuman stupidity all wrapped up together as nationalism. What an insult to Kenneth Kaunda, Julius Nyere, Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah and all those great african nationalists who inspired millions in their struggle.
    Let justice and civilization prevail. Let the law take its couse. And show the world that Africa is a place wher people can visit, invest and live without impunity. And let the voices of reason, knowledge, wisdom, vision, modernity, decency and true nationalism lead.
    May sincere condolences to the family of the deceased. May God ease their pain and may their son and his soul rest in peace. Amen

  13. Abdulla  December 16, 2012 at 03:40

    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.

    • Django  December 16, 2012 at 05:24

      MY friend it doesn’t matter where you are, the fact that you are also African is good enough for you to be treated like a brother in Zambia. You maybe british or canadian but the thing is you are an african as long as you are black. Most Somalis think they are different to Zambians and so they seclude themselves staying in their own quarters. This you have to learn to live as the same as everyone so that it is easy for you to be held in the same esteem!

    • ana shumba R4M  December 16, 2012 at 06:38

      You somalians,
      What have you done to Kenya?
      We will not accept it Zambia.
      We will take THE LAW INTO OUR HANDS.
      We have only one country,We do not want to live as destitutes in other countries like you pirates.

  14. 419 of Nigeria  December 16, 2012 at 02:21

    Its true this somalian killer is so rough ,everyone who knows this man will agree with me.

    Even if zambian are poor they shouldn’t take advantage of us. these fucking somalian they come by foot from somalia whenever they seek for asylum they become big headed and start mistreating zambian.

    Where did he got the gun ? us we applied for it for several times I couldn’t get one but a somalian only somedays he has a gun.

    Ndola guy that is the best way to go this government doesn’t care about us.hope this will not just end in ndola .

  15. TAWANDA H CHINGWERE  December 16, 2012 at 01:58


  16. shilesa  December 16, 2012 at 01:24

    If one zambian shot a national in a foreign country would it be fair to vent the anger on innocent other zambians? NO. While it is indeed genuine to be angered by such an act, let us hold our tempers not behave like morons.

    • Sumerian  December 16, 2012 at 06:31

      When was the last time you heard that a Zambian residing abroad had shot a foreign national at point blank? Heck, when was the last time you heard that a Zambian had shot a foreign national in Zambia, and for such frivolous reasons?!

  17. Liminabanganga  December 16, 2012 at 01:05

    It is also absolute nonsense to blame the actions of one on an entire community. It is xenophobia and it is barbaric. You have bad elements in every grouping. You can not blame innocent people and make them suffer for something they haven’t done. It is not justifiable in a civilised and so-called christian nation.The culprit in this case has been arrested and the law is dealing with him.

    • Sumerian  December 16, 2012 at 06:26

      Yes, the law is dealing with him – probably in the same manner it dealt with the Chinese manager in the Maamba Colliery shooting incident. Can’t you see what’s at play here? The law enforcement agencies do not inspire confidence in such matters. Zambians who ought to be defended first, as a matter of principal, end up with the sh*t end of the stick.

  18. Sumerian  December 16, 2012 at 00:51

    This is not Xenophobia, for goodness sake. I’d like to refer to it as an expression of nationalism and patriotism. Kind of like “touch one, touch all” type of thing. Those foreigners who’ve thought Zambians are ‘docile’ might want to think again. We love peace (no doubt). I’m glad we can also demonstrate non-tolerance to absolute nonsense!

    • tres  December 16, 2012 at 01:42

      Haha you seriously need to have your head checked dude! First, check in the dictionary. Secondly, looting and rioting are far from acts of patriotism. Anywhere. Full stop! And it’s not all foreigners. It’s just one sucsick individual.

  19. Zimbwi no brain  December 15, 2012 at 23:59

    why not state why this violent act got started?

  20. Kz  December 15, 2012 at 21:59

    Why are my comments not published

  21. Liminabanganga  December 15, 2012 at 21:39

    One man and one man only committed that crime. Why shoud the entire community be made to pay. This is barbaric behaviour and you claim to be a christian nation. The man has been arrested and the law is dealing with him. Every nationality has bad elements. Do you target families of Zambian rituals killers and child defilers that we read about everyday.This is just xenophobia manifesting itself. Those victiming innocent Somalis are no different from the murderer. They are all criminal

  22. Somali Man  December 15, 2012 at 21:26

    One somali did wrong, it does not all Somalis are guilt….. But since people like mimi( above) thinking getting rid of Somalis will sort problems. But every one knows most of Zambians are lazy, drink alcohol in the morning and dying with aids like flies…, God bless Africa…..

  23. Anti-Rooter  December 15, 2012 at 21:11

    A hungry mob is an angry mob. Where is more money in your pockets? They are doing this because they know that murderer will be acquitted or will never even see the courts because of curruption.

  24. Katuta  December 15, 2012 at 20:42

    shariah …wait!

  25. concerned  December 15, 2012 at 20:37

    The shooting was a terrible thing that absolutely desreved public outcry. Its just too bad a bunch of theives hyjacked the demonstration to steel and attack poor innocent people. Bet most of these “protesters” call themselves christians… What love your neighbour has suddenly become loot your neighbour.

  26. Amigo  December 15, 2012 at 20:36

    And the bagaz were even saying that they were suprised with the reaction of zambians particulary ZNBC who reported the death of just one person and that in their country, only mass kilings are reported by the media.

    • brutal lawyer24  December 16, 2012 at 02:03

      These people shouldn’t be funny, ati “suprised that ZNBC reprted one person who was killed when in their country only mass killings r reported”?? Well, this is not their country and in our country every life is important, we can’t be waiting for mass killings, we r a very small population, one person is Mass killing here!!!
      Yes, the action of Zambians to turn against other Somalians is not right but I think we r not suprised, we can’t stand a foreigner killing our own, and to make matters worse the Somalian was the one who was wrong coz he had not paid the man his wages. However, we pray that the law takes its course because this murder, both mens rea and Actus rea are present, death is the sentence!!

  27. Democrat  December 15, 2012 at 20:36

    It’s indeed sad reading. Inasmuch as we are a peaceful nation, must not allow any human mortal being to urinate on our heads (RB-monkey type) and tell us that its raining. We can’t accept such rains. Scartter the swines away and let them pack.

  28. Democrat  December 15, 2012 at 20:33

    It’s indeed sad reading. Inasmuch as we are a peaceful nation, must not allow any human mortal being to urinate on our heads (RB-monkey type) and tell us that its raining. We can’t accept such rains. Scartter the skunks away.

  29. Kamalondo  December 15, 2012 at 20:27

    Icalo chesu mentality as we are an island and other African people are Apatrids and we Zambians never make mistakes in other countries! left to grow this tendency is a danger to Zambian travellers and dwellers m fialo fimbi !Zambia is swaying to be amongst the exonophobic countries in the continent.We tend to be rogue and unfriendly believing we act out of nationalism . Nobody up to date did apologise to gabonese people after the National team disaster for wrong accusation!at the sight of my zambian passport in Mali, immigration officers at the entry point at the airport, looked at me with disdain saying: you coming from A champion of deportation Country Why coming to other’s people countries since your country has all what other africans lack as per your imagination?

  30. 2/7  December 15, 2012 at 20:26

    where is the dog who shot the man? the law of the land should apply; its hunging by the neck, straight! what a loss to the bereaved family!

  31. mimi  December 15, 2012 at 20:13

    while violence is bad, it is good for us to send right signals to these foreigner. We can never behave that way in their countries, so why should they. Let them go back to Somali where they kill each like chickens. Bravo Ndola residents.

    • Kunta Kinte  December 15, 2012 at 20:20


    • judge of JUDGES  December 15, 2012 at 23:42

      @ MIMI, I WISH I CUD SEE YOU, MIGHT AS WELL SHOOT YOU IN THE CUNT CAUSE YOU DONT HAVE a brain that i can aim at… retarded!!

    • Sumerian  December 16, 2012 at 00:46

      Well put! We condemn violence, but…Not long ago, I posted a comment after several anonymous letters by some Zambian workers taken for granted by their foreign employers were published on this website. Some Asian moron scoffed at the suggestion that Zambians would soon get fed up and start hitting back. Oh well, can’t gloat here, but…we all have a tipping point.

  32. AfroZed  December 15, 2012 at 20:06

    This is a conflict that needs the direct attention of our HoS, your excellency please do something before people start trekking to cemeteries.

  33. Zokora  December 15, 2012 at 20:04

    The shooting was extremely bad but victimising every somali will disadvantage us greatly in that much of their businesses in Ndola are pro poor. Their pricing structure is really gud comparatively.

  34. hatchiko  December 15, 2012 at 19:51

    you cannot fight wrong with wrong. Zambians please, we are a peaceful people. The riot was not out of anger but rather out of frustration/stress as a result of the risen cost of living; it just manifested in that opportunity presented.

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