Zambian comedian Thomas Sipalo and two others have written Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja notifying him of their intention to hold a peaceful march and gathering at the South African High Commission following xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
In a letter dated September 3, Sipalo, alias Difikoti, along with Steven Mulembeta, and Mark Bbuku, explained that the peaceful gathering was in reaction to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
“We hereby write to inform you that we intend to have a peaceful march and gathering at the South African Embassy to offer solidarity to our nationals being attacked in South Africa and also to show displeasure to the South African for the horrific conduct exhibited by their citizens and complacent approach their government has taken,” stated the letter.
“The march is no way intended to cause any harm but just to communicate our concerns and observations. As you may be aware, a lot of Africans, and Zambians in particular, have been affected by the images of these horrendous acts circulating on social media, thus this would be a way to find closure by way of exhibiting our disgust and exasperation. This march and gathering is to be attended by all well-meaning Zambians. We promise to do all this within the confines of the law Sir. Thanking you in anticipation for according us this important chance Sir.”