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Message for U.S. Citizens

Warden Message - Violence in Mazabuka and Mpulungu / By-Elections in Mporokoso

March 02, 2011

The police have restricted travel to and within the town of Mazabuka (on the road between Lusaka and Livingstone) due to violent civil unrest, including road blockages.  The unrest appears to be in response to an altercation Tuesday night (March 1, 2011).  If you are in Mazabuka you should remain in your home, if you are outside of Mazabuka you avoid the area until calm has been restored. 

Separately, the Embassy has received reports of violent demonstrations in Mpulungu (near Lake Tanganyika) due to public outcry over recent crime incidents.  U.S. citizens in Mpulungu should avoid unnecessary travel in the town and monitor local media reports for current information.

Lastly, there will be a by-election in Mporokoso District on March 3.  If you are in the area please use caution while traveling during and immediately following the by-election.

You should always avoid demonstrations of any sort and are advised to use caution when in the vicinity of large gatherings.  We remind you that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.

U.S. citizens can obtain Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy, Zambia web site (http://zambia.usembassy.gov).  You can also obtain global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts and Country Specific Information for Zambia.  If you do not have Internet access, you may contact the call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). 

If your contact information has changed, please update your information with the Embassy via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) (http://travel.state.gov/step) - formerly known as the Internet Based Registration Service (IBRS).  It is important to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.   

U.S. Embassy
Ibex Hill Road
Lusaka

Main switchboard number: 0211-357-000
For emergencies after hours: 0211-357-000 or 0966-877-805
American Citizen Services Queries:  ACSLusaka@state.gov