Reports reaching the Watchdog indicate that up to four people from the Copperbelt may have died during a tribal fight at Kalumbila mine situated about 140km west of Solwezi.
Trouble seems to have started after youths from the Copperbelt who had gone for job interviews started teasing Luvales and Lundas describing their languages as ‘ugly’ prompting locals to react violently.
Kalumbila mine had advertised for various jobs calling for applicants to register on a database but said preference will be given to local people.
Thousands of youths from various parts of the country but mostly from the Copperbelt flocked to the mine to be registered on the database.
The company could not however handle the situation because the number was too large and kept increasing.
During the process, some youths from the Copperbelt were heard demeaning the Lundas and Kaondes saying “icitundu ububi, tukachipwisha nga twaisa bamakaka imwe, tulembeni fye amachito” some were heard saying. Others were heard insulting Senior Chief Musele of the Lundas. Then suddenly the locals rose against the visitors from the Copperbelt and ‘two were killed in the fracas.’ According to sources. Others are nursing injuries in the hospital. Some sources believe that four died.
Sources say there were many casualties and the local police could not contain the situation until reinforcement from Solwezi headquarters arrived around 11 hours on Wednesday.
The PF government has ordered government media not to report this incidence.