Letter to the Editor

Let’s not mistreat foreigners

Dear editor,
ALLOW me to express my concern about the manner some sections of society are treating some foreign nationals.
I was on a bus proceeding home with my friend and suddenly, one of the passengers made some racist remarks on a Chinese national who was working on one of the roads in Lusaka.
Fortunately, my colleague, some passengers and I did not keep quiet. We castigated the man for his racist remarks.
It is disheartening to know that even some politicians have also made similar remarks on foreigners in our media, and this could be the reason why some people have the audacity to publicly ill-treat foreigners.
In as much as we have different opinions on foreign nationals in our country, it is important that we remain a friendly nation that embraces people of all walks of life regardless of race, religion, origin or prominence.
Zambia is on the record of being one of the friendliest nations in Africa and this record is evident in the manner we have embraced our brothers and sisters who fled their countries due to conflicts.
Therefore, it is the duty of every Zambian to speak against xenophobia and we should also keep in mind that not all Zambians are in Zambia, some of our relatives are in the diaspora.
Let us learn from the foreigners and let us also teach them our way of life (friendliness) and in the end, we are all going to live in harmony.
MATHEWS
KUMWENDA JR

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