UPND breaks FDD candidate’s arm

UPND cadres on Friday assaulted FDD parliamentary candidate in Namwala constituency Charity Kabongomana resulting in her sustaining a broken arm.

And Police in Southern Province are looking for nine members of the UPND including the opposition Namwala candidate Moono Lubezhi

Ms Kabongomana and her entourage where campaigning in Namwala when the incident happened.

Police assistant spokesperson Esther Katongo said the service was looking for 9 suspected UPND cadres in connection with three assault cases in which Ms Kabongomana, 54, of Lusaka’s Kaunda Square Stage 1 was allegedly assaulted.

Ms Kabongomana was allegedly assaulted together with Prince Sikagoma, 30, of Kasenga area in Namwala and Mafred Sichikoloma aged, 43, of Kabulamwanda area in Namwala.

Ms Katongo said Ms Kabongomana was among those who sustained serious injuries including a broken arm.

“The suspects who have been identified as Moono Lubezhi, Collins Lubezhi, McCloud Moomba, Oster Chikwayi, a couple Mr and Mrs Shuumbwa and three male others only identified as Saka, Mukalanga and Chiwanga, all male. Investigations in the matter have continued,” she said.

Ms Katongo said they have not yet apprehended any of the suspects as most political cadres were out campaigning and it was difficult to track their movements.

And Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) acting executive director Chimfwembe Mweenge has hailed the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for condemning political violence, but has called for more assertive approach in dealing with the culprits.

Mr Mweenge said political violence was becoming rampant in the country leading to the August 11, 2016 general elections, and ECZ must take up their role in stopping the acts.

“The Electoral Code of Conduct has vested adequate powers and actions that the ECZ can use on perpetrators of political violence.

“We are calling upon the ECZ to exercise its powers as enshrined in part 2 (17) of the Electoral Code of Conduct where the Commission has a wide range of powers including summoning perpetrators of violence to reprimand them and to disqualify candidates,” he said.

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