PATRIOTIC Front (PF) cadres in Luanshya on Saturday clashed with opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres who were putting up campaign posters of party president Hakainde Hichilema in the town centre.
Copperbelt police chief Joyce Kasosa confirmed the incident and said the cadres from the two political parties clashed after those from UPND went to put up posters near the place where the PF was holding a meeting.
Ms Kasosa, however, said she had not received details on the matter, regarding how many were arrested in the fracas.
“Yes, I can confirm that PF and UPND cadres clashed in Luanshya on Saturday when UPND cadres went to put up campaign posters of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema where the PF was having a meeting. I don’t know how many were arrested in the fracas.”
But, UPND Copperbelt provincial information and publicity secretary Kennedy Kalunga told the Daily Nation that UPND cadres were putting up campaign posters in the town centre when PF cadres arrived and pulled down the ladder which was being used and started beating them up.
Mr Kalunga denied that UPND cadres were putting up posters where the PF was holding its meeting, saying the UPND cadres were moving from one place to the other putting up campaign posters in the town centre when thugs from PF attacked them.
“It is not true that UPND cadres went to put up campaign posters where the PF was holding a meeting. That is just an excuse for attacking our cadres. They want to save the face of the hooligans in the PF, but they will not save them because everybody knows that PF cadres are thugs who want to intimidate any person they think is a threat.
“We reported the matter to police, but it appears the police are not doing much,” Mr Kalunga said.