Police in Mongu have surrounded Kapulanga market and surrounding areas following a clash between ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres ahead of the January 20 presidential elections.
The fracas between the two political groups started around 10:00 hours today and has intensified in some isolated areas such as Kapulanga market and the surrounding areas.
ZANIS reports that suspected UPND cadres have stormed and harassed PF cadres tearing party placards and chitenge materials for the ruling party.
And heavy Police presence has engulfed the Kapulanga market in readiness for any further confusion and to ensure that the lives of the residents are protected.
Mongu Central Member of Parliament Nathaniel Mubukwanu who is also North Western Provincial Minister has told ZANIS that the violent behaviour exhibited by UPND cadres in Mongu this morning was unacceptable as the nation was celebrating 50 years of Zambia’s independence.
Mr. Mubukwanu stated that it was disappointing to note that UPND has resorted to using violence instead of engaging into dialogue if there were any differences between the two political parties.
The Minister further said that the UPND cadres were in full force beating -up, deflating PF cadre’s motor-vehicles using pangs and have since attacked the PF campaign centre.
The Minister has held a closed door meeting with the Deputy Provincial Police Commissioner Lackson Sakala to chat the way forward on the matter and ensure that safety of people in the area was not threatened and no loss of life is recorded as a result of such political violence.
Efforts to get a comment from the UPND by press time failed.