A fellow Luapulan economist on the causes of the recent Mansa riots. More detail via IRIN."These rumours of ritual murders are just a scapegoat. The people here have been frustrated by years of poverty, the absence of industries, and the lack of jobs...If the reasons for the riots were genuine, these people would have just been burning these properties... but they are always starting by looting. This thing of saying the richest people are practicing satanism, black magic, killing people and stuff like that is just a façade. People are just desperate for a solution out of their poverty, and this is why they are now targeting the rich..The government would do well to come up with deliberate programmes that would empower the people of Luapula Province and create jobs - then we would stop seeing these kinds of economic-based riots"