Police have stolen our money – Somalis

Some Somali nationals who were caught up in the Chaisa Township clean up in Lusaka by a combined team of security agencies have accused police of having stolen their money and laptops.

But government says Somalis who claim to have lost money and laptops during the operation should report the matter to police for action.

Some Somali nationals complained to the media that they lost money and property during the operation on Tuesday.

The security team comprised the Zambia police, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) and Department of Immigration officers.

Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson Moses Suwali said all Somalis claiming to have lost valuables should report the matter to the police so that they can investigate those claims.

“They should report the matter to the police, we will be glad to follow up the matter and investigate. We have no problems with that. We can investigate those claims,” said Mr Suwali.

However, Mr Suwali said claims by some Somali nationals that they were robbed during and after the operation were meant to distract the attention of the officers from their work.

He said when officers were assigned to carry out certain operations they did not involve themselves in any other activities other than those prescribed to them.

Mr Suwali said security wings would continue to undertake such operations throughout Zambia and warned that all prohibited immigrants staying in Zambia should brace themselves for such action.

He said there was no other country in Southern African that has as large a number of prohibited immigrants as Zambia.

“In my opinion, I think there is no country with a higher number of illegal immigrants than Zamabia.

“We cannot allow this to continue in Zambia, things should be done correctly,” Mr Suwali said.

He said the security wings would remain proactive to screen foreign nationals especially that there is an outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa.

Mr Suwali said Zambia should learn lessons from what was happening in Western Africa and necessary measures to prevent the spread of Ebola in the country.

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