United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres, led by party secretary general Winstone Chibwe and deputy spokesperson, Edwin Lifwekelo were yesterday attacked at Parliament building by suspected PF cadres.
The UPND cadres were at Parliament to present a petition meant to stop the allocation of K1.4 billion to Zambia’s fifth President’s retirement home.
The suspected PF cadres arrived in different minibuses and threw stones at the unsuspecting UPND cadres forcing journalists and security personnel at the Parliament gates to run for safety. Quick action by police quelled the confusion leading to the arrest of the 18 suspected PF cadres.
Lusaka Police Chief, Joyce Kasosa confirmed that the 18 had been detained and were being screened to ascertain who were involved in the unruly behaviour.
“We have apprehended 18 people during the confusion at Parliament, though we have not charged them yet as we are still screening them,” Ms Kasosa said.
When calm was restored, Mr Chibwe proceeded to hand the petition to UPND Kabompo West Member of Parliament (MP), Lufuma Ambrose.