Six suspected UPND cadres have been picked by police in Luwingu in connection with acts of violence during campaigns in the Lubasensi parliamentary by-elections.
Those arrested include three residents of Lusaka who are on a campaign trail in Lubansenshi.When contacted for a comment, Northern Province Acting Police Commissioner Luckson Sakala referred all queries to Police Spokesperson Charity Chanda.But Ms. Chanda said she was waiting for details of the arrests.
Meanwhile UPND Deputy Spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo says he would comment later.And PF Secretary General Mumbi Phiri says the arrested cadres had attacked her entourage after pouncing on the Acting District Commissioner Patrick Chanda on Saturday.Mrs. Phiri says the matter was reported to the police who picked up the six suspects.
She complained that a named opposition party was allegedly going rounding collecting peoples’ voters cards and National registration Cards in exchange for cash.
Mrs. Phiri has since challenged the police to fully investigate the matter which she says would disfranchise some voters ahead of the September 24 by-election.