The ruling PF has distanced itself from the suspected cadres who stopped former commerce, trade and industries Deputy Minister Miles Sampa.
PF Deputy Spokesperson Frank Bwalya said the confusion at Ndola international airport was caused by 2 rival “Jerabo groups” who wanted to share the money Mr Sampa had paid to one of the groups for protection.
“Mr Sampa paid some money to a Jerabo group to go and give him protection and when a rival group heard about the money they went and tried to fight among themselves that’s what we know.
“The people who went to receive him at the airport whether it was in Ndola or Kitwe is none of our business, we are a democratic party that appreciates multi-party politics and all Zambians in this country are allowed to go about doing anything, associating with anybody and to enjoy their rights and freedoms as granted in the constitution,” Mr Bwalya said.
He added “I therefore challenge the police to arrest anyone that may be breaking the law in that manner as for us as PF we don’t subscribe to that and we will never engage on such type of behavior,” he said.
But some airport staff said the people who come to the airport were wearing PF regalia, sung pro PF slogans and flashed the PF symbol.
And commenting on the incident Saturday, Copperbelt Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga confirmed the violence at the Ndola airport saying “Yes there was some confusion at the airport caused by some suspected PF cadres who did not want Miles Sampa to disembark from the plane. They forced themselves into the runway and wanted to attack Sampa who was on board,” Ms Katanga said.
On Saturday Miles Sampa was stopped from disembarking from the plane when he arrived at Ndola international airport by suspected PF cadres.