Zambia Police has said that they will institute investigations into the incident in which a Patriotic Front (PF) cadre fired two shots during a fracas involving PF and UPND cadres during Tuesday’s Katuba parliamentary by-election.
The cadre is said to have fired the shots to scare away UPND cadres who had pounced on Northern province Minister Freedom Sikazwe.
Police acting Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga told Qfm News that the Police have not yet received any formal complaint in relation to the incident.
Mr Hamoonga however stated that investigations will be instituted to ascertain the circumstances under which the fire arm was discharged.
On the election day, Northern Province Minister Freedom Sikazwe was allegedly beaten by suspected opposition political party cadres in Katuba constituency while voting in the by election was underway.
[pullquote]“They almost killed me today. The situation was so bad such that if it were not for the quick action by the chap who was in our group who had a gun, I could have died,” the Minister said.[/pullquote]
Mr Sikazwe said he was attacked in Shifwankula area in Katuba Constituency where he had gone to check out the voting process around 10:00 hours.
“They almost killed me today. The situation was so bad such that if it were not for the quick action by the chap who was in our group who had a gun, I could have died,” the Minister said.
Mr Sikazwe said a group of people armed with screwdrivers and other weapons arrived at the scene in three land cruiser vehicles shortly before he and his entourage got on their vehicles to leave the place.
Mr Sikazwe said the suspected hired cadres pounced on him and started beating him, prompting an unknown man in his entourage who was brandishing a gun to fire warning shots in the air thereby causing the attackers to scamper.
He said his assailants later regrouped ahead and another confrontation ensued but police arrived at the scene and quelled the situation.
Mr Sikazwe then went on to report the matter at Kabangwe Police Post where he also obtained a medical report before heading to Parliament Motel in readiness to attend Parliament.