PRESIDENT Edger Lungu has been petitioned in his capacity as chairperson for Security and Defence in SADC region to consider an urgent meeting with South Africa to end xenophobic attacks in that country.
Ndola’s CHIFUBU market Chairperson, Musonda Mushota has petitioned President Lungu following reports of attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa, though no Zambian has been affected. Speaking in an interview with the Daily Nation yesterday, Mr Mushota said he was saddened with the happenings in South Africa and urged the President to urgently call a meeting to end xenophobia. “Mr President, I have decided to petition you as the chairman for the security and defence for the SADC region knowing your capacity as chairman, to consider an urgent SADC meeting to find a way forward to stop the attacks on people, our brothers and sisters being killed like animals in South Africa,” Mr Mushota said “Please Mr President we have seen how our brothers in South Africa are being killed.
My heart is burning, we are suffering like we lived in Europe or Asia but we are within African. “Our brothers have chosen to stay in South Africa because they know they are staying with their own brothers but it’s very unfortunate that South Africans do not want to live with their fellow Africans,” Mr Mushota said. “We are one Africa, I remember how we suffered when we were colonised, the whole Africa stood up to reclaim our land and we said no to colonisation and when we are doing so we supported each other, no segregation,” Mr Mushota said. Mr Mushota said it was not the first time such happenings were taking place in South Africa because they have done this for many years and their fellow South African are not doing anything to improve situation.