Riots erupt in Zambia slums amid Cholera crisis

By Maame Aba Afful
Riots erupt in Zambia

Some residents in a slum in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, are violently protesting over a regulation imposed to control the spread of a cholera epidemic.

The epidemic which started since October 2017 is spreading at an alarming rate forcing the government to ban street vending in order to contain the situation.

A local media portal, Mwebantu, shared photos of burning trucks and fires set in the middle of streets in some parts of the capital.

They report that police were forced to discharge tear gas to quell the riots.

Local Government and Housing Minister Vincent Mwale, whose ministry jointly imposed the ban with the health ministry, told Reuters police had been sent to Kanyama township stop the riots.

Credit: Africanews.com

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