Posted in Headlines, News on November 25, 2015 by Online Editor
ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Mongu
POLICE in Mongu have slapped a fresh malicious damage to property charge on a 25-year-old man of Senanga after Vice-President Inonge Wina’s niece identified him as one of the suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres who attacked the family in Nalolo.
On Saturday, suspected UPND cadres, who were in Nalolo in Western Province to accompany their president Hakainde Hichilema, beat up children at Mrs Wina’s private home and damaged property in the house.
Western Province commissioner of police Charles Lungu said in an interview yesterday that police have charged Kwitu Kanyanga with malicious damage to property after Mrs Wina’s niece, Mutende Mutukwa, picked him out during an identification parade at Mongu Central Police Station.
Ms Mutumwa identified Mr Kanyanga as one of the UPND cadres who allegedly beat them up and damaged property in the house.
Mr Lungu said Mr Kanyanga was identified on four different occasions after swapping places on the identification parade line-up and changing clothes.
Mr Lungu said the identification parade had people of the same height and complexion.
He said Mr Kanyanga will appear in court soon.
Mr Kanyanga was earlier arrested in Senanga and charged with malicious damage to property for allegedly stoning a shop belonging to a Patriotic Front (PF) official.
He was later transferred to Mongu Central Police Station, where an identification parade was conducted on Monday.
An identification parade is where the police put a suspect in a line-up of people. They ask a witness to look at the line-up to see if they can pick out the person who committed the offence.
“The suspect was identified yesterday [Monday] by Mrs Wina’s niece and has since been charged with malicious damage to property,” Mr Lungu said.