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GANGS from rival political parties fought amid gunshots in Luwingu resulting in the injury of one person, as violent conduct resurfaced ahead of voting in the Lubansenshi parliamentary by-election.

Lubansenshi is witnessing a heated electoral campaign between political parties competing in the elections as supporters of rival parties roam, in their cars covered with individual party regalia, in the streets until late hours of the night.

Acting Northern Province Police chief Luckson Sakala confirmed the skirmish that happened around 01:00 hours yesterday.

He said police were investigating the matter in which two shots were fired.

“We received a report of cadres from unknown political parties that clashed and we are pursuing the issue,” he said without releasing additional information.

The rival gangs were believed to be members of the United Party for National Development (UPND) and Patriotic Front (PF).

Witnesses said some youths were seen wielding machetes and blockaded one street, harassing motorists whom they questioned which party they belonged to, before they were dispersed.

Those that witnessed the incident said the parties involved were UPND and PF as the combatants wore distinctive party colours.

The election is being contested by five candidates, the PP’s George Mwamba, UPND’s Patrick Mucheleka, MMD’s Gabriel Mulenga, Rainbow’s Daniel Mubanga and independent Charles Chimumbwa.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. millions were told that he has know vision , so violence is the only solution . why is lazy bum even going to the united nations , human rights records is getting worse like north Korea . As Zambians we have know jobs ,economy useless ,load shedding every day . those people have nothing to do that’s why everyone is into duty polities .

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  2. Zambian had only two best presidents who cared for the people , Patrick mwanawasa and Dr guy Scott. if this too were in power now Zambia currency would have been better then the rand . We zambians have know jobs and money so the hired to start violence , know jobs , load shedding , know medicine , useless economy ,corruption . if people had jobs who would get orders from chama ? or that monkey at minister of information .

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  3. Zambia police , OP AND corrupt ministries time will come to answer you cases . All your crimes been watched by international ,local communities .

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  4. These thick Boneheads, injure one another, while the people who send them are sitting in luxury, & never put their loved ones in dangerous comprising situations/ harms way.
    Why do Zambian’s in general lack the capacity of analytical thought processing???

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  5. @ KELENI

    its because of poverty , time will come for those giving orders to answer there causes . international communities is watching . united nations is even writing a report about violence and the Barotseland , soon those people will be leading a life like Mugabe.

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  6. GUY SCOTT CARED FOR THE ZAMBIAN PIPO?THAT MUST BE A VERY BIG JOKE.THIS IS THE MAN HU KEPT 3000 DELEGATES AT A PLACE WITHOUT WATER FORCING THEM TO RELIEVE THEMSELVES IN THE BUSH,WHILE HIMSELF WAS USING THE PRESIDENTIAL CHOPPER TO FLY FROM LUSAKA TO KABWE ON A DAILY BASIS.THIS IS A MAN HU CREATED SO MUCH TENSION IN THE COUNTRY BEFORE WE EVEN BURRIED OUR PRESIDENT THUS DISRESPECTING OUR AFRICAN CULTURE.THIS IS A MAN HU SAID SOUTH AFRICANS ARE BACKWARD,THUS CAUSING OUR CANDIDATE AT THE UN FELIX MUTATI TO LOOSE AS SOUTH AFRICA LOBBYED THE ENTIRE AFRICAN CONTINENT TO VOTE AGAINST THE ZAMBIAN CANDIDATE KOZ THE ZAMBIAN VICE PRESIDENT WAS A RACIST.

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  7. Lusaka times, you are also very useless and biased sometimes. It was the PF that started the attack. De we have to always check other news sources to get a full story? You one-sided reporting is pathetic. Th Post News covered this story much better and there is a clear flow of information provided:

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    “At about 05:00 hours, we had a programme of going in the field and so, I went to pick up various UPND ward chairmen from various houses, but we were attacked by PF thugs who came in a white unregistered Land Cruiser. They were asking, ‘why are you making noise [with loud speakers]? Don’t you know that people are sleeping this time?’ I said ‘this is time for campaigns; is this the only vehicle making noise in Luwingu? Can’t you hear that some…

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    • “At about 05:00 hours, we had a programme of going in the field and so, I went to pick up various UPND ward chairmen from various houses, but we were attacked by PF thugs who came in a white unregistered Land Cruiser. They were asking, ‘why are you making noise [with loud speakers]? Don’t you know that people are sleeping this time?’ I said ‘this is time for campaigns; is this the only vehicle making noise in Luwingu? Can’t you hear that some people like MMD are also making noise?’” narrated M’sichili.

      “So, they started firing gunshots (two) and some of them started removing speakers that were mounted on our vehicle. In an attempt to protect the vehicle and the woman I was with in the vehicle, they started beating me up and one of them bit me on my arm, and they ran away and we went…

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  8. contd..
    And Sikazwe wondered how campaigns could now become chaotic when they have, since inception, been incident-free.

    “Campaigns have been going very well and I’m sure if you guys have been here, you’ve seen the way we’ve been interacting. But I suspect the presence of GBM and the group is what has brought this because before that, we have had very smooth campaigns. The police are aware that we’ve had very smooth campaigns and we’ve met in the bush [with other participating political parties] and there has been no problem,” Sikazwe said, also alleging that UPND cadres later went to the PF campaign centre where they tried to tamper with the loud speakers mounted on a car.

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  9. Read the rest in the Post News:
    “Lubansenshi wakes up to the sound of PF, UPND election campaign guns”

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  10. PF are panicking after realizing that the ground has shifted to the upnd,Chimumbwa will even outperform the pf mark my words.

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  11. @ Mbinji, is that a joke or u re just assuming an assumption? Do u think PF can lose in their bedroom.If they managed to defeat UP and Down in western province,do u think they can lose in luwingu? Absolutely no!No ground has shifted there,its another kolopa.com.

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  12. @Mbinji and Jacob… When did this shift to the upnd occur.? Last time I checked the opposition was yet to register a win in any bye election, correct me if am wrong. Jacob says if Guy Scott was still president the kwacha would be better than the rand…wow, I wonder what logic he used to get to this conclusion…emotions perhaps.? As far as I know you guys in opposition are to blame for PFs poor performance because you are not doing your job of giving PF a hard time in terms of being organised and maturity. Eish

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