Police in Lusaka have arrested Zambia's former information minister after he was filmed shouting at an Indian driver to go back to his country.

"How can you come in our country to drive this when Zambians have no jobs? Go back to your country. Foolish,” Chishimba Kambwili is heard to say in the footage.

"This is very annoying! How can an Indian come all the way from India to come and drive a compactor?," he also says in the clip.

Police say he is currently in their custody and has been charged with "expression or showing hatred, ridicule or contempt for persons because of race, tribe or place of origin".

Mr Kambwili’s lawyers were not available for comment.