POLICE in Solwezi are investigating a case involving United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres who allegedly assaulted four Patriotic Front (PF) cadres in Shilenda area in Manyama during campaigns.
North-Western Province deputy commissioner of police Geoffrey Kunda confirmed this development in an interview yesterday.
Mr Kunda said the alleged incident happened on Sunday night and that all the victims were issued with medical reports.
“We had four PF members, who complained against the UPND that they were assaulted using fists and kicks in Shilenda area in Manyama,” Mr Kunda said.
And in Kisala, two PF members were allegedly assaulted by suspected UPND cadres, while one member of the opposition UPND also complained to police that he was allegedly attacked by suspected PF cadres.
Mr Kunda said police are actively investigating all the assault cases to ensure that the culprits are brought to book.
Mr Kunda, however, said campaigns ahead of this Thursday’s Solwezi-West parliamentary by-election are generally peacefull.
He said police have deployed enough manpower in strategic places to ensure that peace prevails.
“In short, the area is quiet, but we just received isolated reports of assault cases from the PF and UPND, but everything is under control in terms of security preparedness,” Mr Kunda said.
Mr Kunda said police are ready to maintain law and order, therefore, the electorate should feel free to go and cast their vote.
“Whoever is going to be found wanting will be definitely dealt with, because as police, we are very much ready and prepared for the by-election on September 24,” he said.