FIVE suspected Patriotic Front (PF) cadres have been arrested and detained at Kalulushi police station for political violence after they allegedly attacked MMD supporters who were conducting campaign meetings in Lufwanyama constituency.
Copperbelt police chief Charity Katanga confirmed the arrest of the five, but could not give details as police were still investigating the incident.
“Yes, I can confirm that incident and we have made five arrests so far. But, call me later because I don’t have details of those arrested,” said Ms Katanga.
And speaking earlier, MMD Lufwanyama constituency parliamentary candidate Annie Chungu said the incident happened in Mukumbo ward when the cadres suspected to have been hired by the PF parliamentary candidate Anthanase Kaleleka pounced on her supporters and started beating them.
Ms Chungu said the cadres, who were using the PF candidate’s vehicle, beat up her supporters and grabbed her public address (PA) system, the vehicle battery and some money which they shared at Pilala police check point.
She was saddened that the thugs hired by her rival could go on rampage, damaging the windscreen of her vehicle and beating up even those who were given a lift on the campaign vehicle.
“But at Kalulushi police station, they were arrested and after a search in their vehicle, the police found the stolen PA system and the car battery,” said Ms Chungu.
When asked why the PF decided to attack her when they were in an alliance, Ms Chungu said the two parties were in an alliance to campaign for President Edgar Lungu in the August 11 elections but was shocked that her PF counterpart could hire thugs to attack her.
“Yes, at parliamentary level, each candidate has to campaign for himself or herself whether PF or MMD, but at national level, we are campaigning for President Lungu to win the elections. So wherever and whenever I am holding a meeting, I am campaigning for myself and President Lungu,” she said.
But, Mr Kaleleka said there was no alliance between the MMD and the PF and challenged the former ruling party to produce a document to show that there was a treaty between the two parties.
He said the PF was provoked by the MMD by putting PF chitenge material on its vehicle whenever it was carrying out its campaigns.