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Zambia slum residents riot over cholera restrictions

Date: Jan 12, 2018

Residents in a slum in Zambia’s capital are rioting over a ban on street vending that was imposed to control a cholera outbreak, the government said on Friday.

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.

On Sunday, Zambia declared a curfew in the poor township badly affected by a cholera outbreak to avoid crowding and street vending at night.

Public gatherings have also been banned to counter the disease, which has killed 67 people since September, 62 of them in the capital alone.



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