Patriotic Front (PF) Kasama Central aspiring candidate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s campaign manager, Nathan Ilunga, has been arrested in connection with the alleged destruction of campaign materials belonging to the ruling MMD.
ZANIS reports Northern Province police commanding Officer Mukuka Chewe confirming the arrest of Mr. Ilunga, who is former Kasama District Administrator, today.
Mr. Chewe said Mr. Ilunga was caught red-handed removing MMD campaign posters within the central business town in the early of Saturday morning.
“ The PF official was nabbed yesterday after MMD Kasama Central aspiring candidate Chilekwa Munkonge together with other party members lodged in a complaint to the police against Mr. Ilunga, “ he said.
Mr. Chewe said Ilunga has since been remanded in police custody and would appear in court tomorrow for breaching the electoral Conduct of Code.
The Provincial Commanding Officer has since warned that the police would deal firmly with perpetrators of electoral offences and political violence ahead of the September 20 tripartite elections.
According to the revised 2011 Electoral Code of Conduct, it is an offence for anyone to deface, remove or destroy any political campaign materials of any person or political party or publication of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).
Meanwhile, MMD aspiring candidate for Kasama Central Chilekwa Munkonge has strongly condemned the behavior of Mr. Ilunga of destroying campaign materials belonging to the MMD.
Mr. Munkonge said it is embarrassing and unacceptable for Mr. Ilunga, who is very familiar with the Electoral Code of Conduct to engage in criminal activities.
He has called for justice to prevail in the matter.
Mr. Munkonge revealed that Mr. Ilunga, who recently defected to the opposition PF from MMD, initially went into hiding after being spotted destroying campaign posters for the ruling party.
He however said Mer. Ilunga was later apprehended by police around 19:00 hours after re-surfacing from his hide-out.