8 PF cadres charged over Kanyama violence

POLICE has charged eight suspected PF cadres who allegedly damaged property at Lady Diana School in Lusaka’s Kanyama compound with aggravated robbery and malicious damage, deputy police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has confirmed.

Mr Hamoonga said  among the eight, four men identified as David Sikalungwe , 25, Patrick Mutelo, 26, Sikota Kufekisa, 22, and Augustine Kabayi, 25, have been charged with aggravated robbery .

The other four – Paul Phiri, 34, Raphael Shula, Ben Mbandu, 29, and Joseph Mukuka – have been charged with malicious damage to property.

He said that the suspects were arrested in connection with an incident  on June 22, 2016 around 10:00 hours when suspected PF cadres  attacked pupils at Lady Diana, a private school owned by United Party for National Development (UPND) Kanyama parliamentary candidate Samuel Mwale.

Mr Hamoonga said the suspects would appear in court soon.

Earlier reports had said PF and opposition UPND cadres clashed in Kanyama area and the fights later spread to Lady Diana Education Centre on Los Angeles road.

The clashes took place while classes were in session and pupils had to scamper in all directions for their safety.

It was alleged that some cadres pounced on pupils, leaving several of them injured. The cadres also broke windows at the school and damaged a school bus.

The cadres were also accused of damaging a campaign truck and a Toyota Prado vehicle belonging to the opposition party candidate.