Riots broke out in Livingstone yesterday after UPND President Hichilema Hakainde with 20 other senior party members were arrested.
Reports from the tourist capital said a tourist was caught in the violence, which created panick with foreign visitors locking themselves in hotel rooms.
The reports further say armed police in riot gear had poured into Livingstone and street vendors were caught up in the violence and were ordered to leave the streets for their own safety.
Police arrested and detained UPND President Hichilema at Livingstone Central Police.
Mr Hichilema’s arrest is in connection with the death a PF cadre Harrison Chanda who is suspected to have been murdered by UPND cadres.
Earlier in the day, Southern Province Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga had said that police were looking for the UPND President Hakainde Hichilema to help with investigations in the suspected murder of a PF cadre in Livingstone, who has been identified as Henry Chanda, a Monze PF district secretary.
Ms. Katanga said Chanda was allegedly murdered by suspected UPND cadres in Elaine Brittell near the UPND campaign camp between 19:00 hours and 20:00 hours yesterday.
Earlier Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu directed the UPND leader to surrender himself before the police. Mr. Lungu has blamed the UPND leader for the death of PF cadre in Livingstone ahead of this Thursday’s by election.
He was speaking at a media briefing in Livingstone this morning.
Police have 17 UPND members who include Mazabuka Central Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo who was the UPND campaign manager in Livingstone and his Kalomo counterpart Request Muntanga in detention to help with investigations into the death of a PF cadre.
And the arrest of their leader brings the number to 18.