Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Lusaka, Zambia – January 24, 2020

Location:  Civil unrest in, but not limited to, Chingola and Kitwe, Copperbelt Province.

Event:  Rumors of ritual killings in the Copperbelt Province have led to a series of riots in Chingola and Kitwe towns.  The provincial government deployed additional police to both areas and imposed a curfew in Chingola to restore order.  The situation on the ground remains calm but guarded.  Rumors of ritual killings have spread in Solwezi, which have the potential to spark riots.

U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travel to Chingola until further notice, and are further advised to exercise increased caution while traveling in Kitwe and Solwezi.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations or riots.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile.


U.S. Embassy Lusaka


+(260) 211-357-000

+(260) 966-050-123

+(260) 761-107-000



State Department – Consular Affairs +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444

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