Residents of Shiwagandu have expressed disappointment with their area MP Stephen Kampyongo for encouraging political violence in there constituency which they say is peaceful.
Speaking when opposition FDD President Edith Nawakwi paid a courtesy call on Chief Mukwikle of Shiwagandu District in Muchinga Province, Vincent Bwalya who represented the Chief who was not present at the time of her visit, said it was saddening that a leader could send party cadres to try and kill opposition leaders.
Mr. Bwalya explained that the cadres who attacked former first lady Maureen Mwanawasa and her counterpart, former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Mutale Nalumango, when they tried to hold a rally in the area were led by Andrew Kampyongo, young brother of Home Affairs Deputy Minister Mr Kampyongo.
He said Andrew was driving a vehicle which tried to stop the helicopter from landing as he kept driving were it was supposed to land.
The Chief’s Rep wondered how law and order will continue to prevail in the country if the people at the helm of institutions charged with the responsibility of maintaining it are in forefront propagating it.
And Community Crime Prevention Unit officer said he was beaten like a child when he was trying to protect Mrs Mwanawasa from PF cadres who were led by Mr Kampyongo’s young brother Andrew.
“While I was trying to protect UPND officials and their helicopter cadres came and manhandled me as my friends and police officers watched helplessly,” he said.
He said his team was trained to be non partisan and was only trying to maintain peace yet he was attacked by PF cadres.