Police probe bloody nominations

POLICE have launched investigations into political violence which erupted in various parts of the country during the filing in of nominations for parliamentary and local government candidates on Tuesday, Police assistant spokesperson Esther Katongo has said.

She said there were reports of cases of violence countrywide on Tuesday.

Ms. Katongo said in an interview that police had since started investigating the issue and assured that the culprits would be brought to book.

She stated that the police would soon issue a comprehensive statement once investigations were done.

“During the filing of nominations for parliamentary and local government candidates, we received a lot of cases of political violence, but we have since started our investigations and we will be able to give a statement once we are done,” Ms. Katongo said.

She appealed to political leaders to persuade their followers to desist from violence as the country goes to the polls in August.

Meanwhile, a Patriotic Front (PF) Mazabuka office security guard was on Tuesday attacked by suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres, leaving seriously injured with deep wounds on his body.

The incident occurred around 19 hrs after some UPND members in Mazabuka defected to the ruling PF.

Mulenga  Kashimwanda, 24, who is currently admitted in Mazabuka hospital, was attacked at the PF Mazabuka office by five people dressed in UPND party regalia and driving a white Corolla car.

Southern Province Police Commissioner Godwin Phiri confirmed the incident to the Daily Nation yesterday.

“The police in Mazabuka received one case of Mulenga Kashimwanda , a PF Mazabuka office security guard aged 24 who was assaulted on Tuesday by suspected UPND cadres around 19:00 hours.

“The victim sustained wounds on the back of the head, right hand and on the right side of the face,” Mr. Phiri said.

He said the police were investigating the matter and that those responsible for the act would be arrested.

“Investigations are going on to establish the assailants and we will definitely get them,” he said.

And Mazabuka PF constituency chairlady, Joyce Chuungu, said the ruling party in Mazabuka was saddened at the development.

Ms. Chuungu appealed to the police to quickly bring the culprits to book.

“What happened was very sad. We are very disappointed by the behaviour of the UPND cadres and our appeal is that the police should investigate and arrest whoever is involved,” Ms. Chungu said.