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21 UPND Cadres Arrested in Choma for rioting

Headlines 21 UPND Cadres Arrested in Choma for rioting

Charles Kakoma
Charles Kakoma

Deputy Inspector General of police (DIG) Eugene Sibote has condemned the UPND cadres for their unruly behavior yesterday in Choma Southern Province, reports Pan African Radio journalist Hermit Hachilonde.

Speaking when he addressed members of the press at police force headquarters today, Mr. Sibote said Police in Choma managed to at least apprehend 21 suspected UPND cadres in connection with the riots that happened around 15:00 hours.

He further disclosed that a Toyota Corolla Registration No.AJB 4809 which was being used by three cadres to cause commotion has also been impounded.

“The UPND cadres who had gathered along the main road in anticipation to receive their President Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, blocked traffic , climbed on moving trucks and started throwing stones at passing motor vehicles which resulted in three of them including a Police Landcruser ZP 2312B being damaged.”

Mr. Sibote said that in trying to restore order and peace, police used tear gas canisters to disperse the cadres.

“In trying to restore order, three police officers sustained injuries after being stoned by the rioters. Arising from the unruly and riotous behavior, police used tear gas to disperse the cadres” Eugene Sibote said

Mr Sibote said condemned the conduct of the UPND cadres and warned that the Police would not condone any acts of violence.

The conduct by UPND cadres as witnessed in Choma shall not be condoned and for this reason, all the apprehended suspects will be taken to court and prosecuted for their involvement in the riotious activity.

“It is unfortunate that the UPND leadership could not restrain their cadres even after having assured the Police Command that they would always abide by the provisions of the Public Order Act,” he said.

He has since called upon all political leaders to ensure that they prevail on the conduct of their cadres even as they notify Police of their intentions to hold political activities.

But UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma has accused police of tear gassing the party members who has lined up along the Choma-Lusaka Road to welcome party leader Hakainde Hichilema.

Mr Kakoma said in a separate interview that the 21 UPND members arrested had allegedly not committed any crime and that police should set them free.

“The fracas was ensued after police started firing teargas but our party members were simply lining up to welcome our party leader, “he said.

He said the continuous detention of the members would create a lot of tension in Choma.

82 COMMENTS

  1. Yet four days after the Ndola Airport saga, there have been no arrests and the police claim to be impartial and profession. What a shame!

    • “The UPND cadres who had gathered along the main road in anticipation to receive their President Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, blocked traffic , climbed on moving trucks and started throwing stones at passing motor vehicles which resulted in three of them including a Police Landcruser ZP 2312B being damaged.”………why is it that the UPND tries to justify everything? They are NEVER in the wrong. Both PF and UPND are violent parties and we need SG’s from these two parties to sit down and talk to their cadres about violence before it gets out of hand.

    • To bloggers who care about the truth, here is the full story. Source: Zambian Eye: Police in riot gear fired teargas canisters at thousands of Choma residents who had peacefully lined up the streets to welcome UPND president Hakainde Hichilema. The situation got bad as the people retaliated and started fighting back, our Correspondent in Choma says. Two Police officers were badly beaten by youths. A youth snatched a tear gass canister and threw it into a police vehicle prompting the officers to run in all directions for safety. It was at this moment that the youths pounced on the panicking men in uniform and administered instant mob justice. Some cars including one for the police were intensively damaged in the process. The Lusaka, Livingstone road between Golf Club and Choma Museum was…

    • was temporary blocked with stones,huge logs intended to block Police vechiles not to come out of the station to man the road. By 19 hours the residents were still waiting for the arrival of HH who made stopovers in Mazabuka, Monze and Chisekesi. HH who is accompanied by his two Vice presidents – Canisus Banda and Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba will be meeting all aspiring candidates from the Southern province tomorrow.

    • Kakanga and Sibote will go to jail when PF gets out of power for issuing instructions to disperse people who had gathered peacefully to welcome their leader.

      If its true that the cadres arrested were throwing stones prior then those cadres belong to PF and were planted to cause commotion so the police could react. If those youths will be released without charge then they are PF.

      Why has the police not arrested those people in kitwe who posed a huge security risk at the airport when Sampa was stranded in the air for 3 hours. In chipata PF thugs macheted two journalists but non has been arrested.

      The police chief and his deputy and senior police officers will be sent to jail for breaching peace by breaching POA terms.

      VIVA UPND and HH team

    • So this is what people where praying dor on 18th October. @ Kambwali so you are saying ZP tasted their own medicine (teargas followed by a senseless beating) Now they know how it feels. They think people scamper for fun Kkkkkkk kupusa bati. Well done Choma and to the brave lad who tossed the cannister right back at you I say give that man a bells. Kkkkkk After all it is better to give than to receive. Kkkkkk. We are officially back to pre 1964. Kkkkkk cannister return to sender kkkkk

    • UPND has a lot of brainless cadres. PF has practically given up on Southern Province so am confused as to what the motive may be of police arresting “innocent” people. If this had happened on the Copperbelt I would be inclined to believe UPND. UPND cadres are just as lawless as PF cadres the only difference is at least PF admits it’s wrongs where as UPND is holier than thou. And Hecky Hecky No! wonders why he is a perpetual loser with this kind of irresponsibility.

    • Excuse me, there was no one throwing stones in Ndola don’t make up stories to justify upnd violence. Naturally upnd cadres are violent and it will be Armageddon in August this year unless the police act swiftly by bringing in Sondela and Kamfinsa fighter corps.

    • PF does not need SP to win. PF is not making itself unpopular in SP, it the choice of SP not support PF because its leader is not Tonga. Do not pretend you are blind sir. PF can still win with UPND getting 100% of the votes in SP. It is the tribal and regional attitude of UPND which is pushing away people from other regions. What HH and UPND are doing right now in SP is confirming to the whole nation that it is a regional party, all because HH is Tonga. That support tribal and do not boast about it, it is disgustingly plain.

    • ZP and your IG stop this nuisance. We re no longer in the Stone Age era please. Each one in that uniform is accountable to protecting the citizens of ZAMBIA and not just a political party. Governments change and I ll urge you to uphold at least human rights. We re humans and not APES mwe bantu sure. Be consistent in carrying out your work diligently. Update us also on the follow ups you Ve made regarding the security scare at Ndola airport.

  2. This is pf scheme to label upnd as violent,why those pf thugs matched through Ndola airport and disrupted miles sampa’s kitwe press conference were not arrested mr IG plz apply law without fear or favor

    • It’s only those in the camp of the Opposition who get arrested even merely for loitering. PF cadres can kill, close international airports and still escape repression.

    • By the way, those KNOWN PF cadres who bloxked HH at Radio Icengelo have been released by the user-friendly acting DPP!
      PF is destroying the justice system in this country. Why teargas innocent people and cause confusion and then claim to be doing your work?

    • @Spaka,you get arrested for throwing stones at passing motor vehicles which results in three of them including a Police Landcruser ZP 2312B being damaged.

    • If you say such behaviour is how you receive or welcome your leader, then it is barbaric and threat sanity. Imagine HH is plot ans welcome a foreign president, then UPND cadres begin to close roads stone cars and loot stuff, who would come to Zambia? We do need that backwardness. Keep it in SP.

  3. In as much as I detest violence by anyone one can understand the frustration of the UPND members & other oppostio members for that matter because the PoA only works againist the opposition. Nevers was teargassed for holding an indoor meeting in Lundazi, GBM and HH were teargassed in Luanshya, In Sinda someone eye was gouged out, in Chipata Journalists were beaten and urinated on. But PF cadre stormed Ndola airport but no one gets arrested for PF violence. Violence begets violence! No one has monopoly to violence. What we are seeing now is people resorting to fight FIRE with FIRE. It’s not too late to address police impotence againist PF violence BUT if Police neutratrality remains elusive WITHIN the next 3 months then Zambia will be on FIRE!

  4. Sinkamba Wisdom – Criminal PF cadres took over the Ndola International airport no arrest made. But innocent people lining up to welcome their beloved leader get teargased and arrested. This is discrimination and one day the provocation of UPND cadres will reach a dead end. People will defend themselves from police victimization. Zambia Police must learn to be professional.

  5. Up to now the trucks from the Ndola airport kerfuffle have not been impounded and no one has been arrested.

  6. I was there – cadres were waiting for HH to arrive – they were very jovial and were making a noise due to the excitement of waiting for HH…..due to the crowds and the noise ( no violence) the police then started throwing teargas and that is when some people started throwing stones at the police vehicle…..

  7. if this continues the ZP must brace for hard times. We shall soon rise up. MARK MY WORDS…AFTER ALL WE OUT NUMBER THEM!

  8. The whole reason for arrests does not make sense. How could people of the same party welcoming their president cause havok? It is not true. The Police as unprofessional as usual were restraining these people from welcoming their president and created a fake story. Your days are numbered. AREN’T YOU ASHAMED OF BEING UNETHICAL? Or there are no ethical lessons in your syllabus at Lilayi?

  9. To bloggers who care about the truth, here is the full story. Source: Zambian Eye: Police in riot gear fired teargas canisters at thousands of Choma residents who had peacefully lined up the streets to welcome UPND president Hakainde Hichilema. The situation got bad as the people retaliated and started fighting back, our Correspondent in Choma says. Two Police officers were badly beaten by youths. A youth snatched a tear gass canister and threw it into a police vehicle prompting the officers to run in all directions for safety. It was at this moment that the youths pounced on the panicking men in uniform and administered instant mob justice. Some cars including one for the police were intensively damaged in the process. The Lusaka, Livingstone road between Golf Club and Choma Museum…

  10. …..was temporary blocked with stones,huge logs intended to block Police vechiles not to come out of the station to man the road. By 19 hours the residents were still waiting for the arrival of HH who made stopovers in Mazabuka, Monze and Chisekesi. HH who is accompanied by his two Vice presidents – Canisus Banda and Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba will be meeting all aspiring candidates from the Southern province tomorrow.

    • Why are they going around the country meeting ‘Aspiring Candidates’ at this time? Has Parliament Dissolved? ECZ should ban this Con Man and his merry Rioters. HH is a desperado and truly a sick man.

  11. PF are leading the violence, what are they fearing canshi Mwebantu? Allow the campaigns to go on and flow since the President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has kick started the process,

    • You have a poor understanding of Authority @Zedian. HH’s actions in touring is a very provocative attack at Authority. The Police should not be attacked, whatever, nor should they be Blocked from carrying out their duty to safe guard the innocent in amidst UPND’s display of un lawlessness.

      The only question is why the Gov’t does not lock up HH and his Deputies for these type of Citizens uproar.

    • So Mr. !d!ot abroad you are justifying the muzzling of an opposition leader in a democratic country whose constitution assures freedom of movement and assembly? The sooner we get rid of the cockroaches in power and their dull supporters the sooner this country returns to sanoty. An airport is inflitrated and pasengers put at risk and you do not say a word? What kind of people are you? I am in Zambia my friend and your ka party is leaving in August. No one is amused by their stupidity anymore. You export maize, HH tells you not to and then a few months later ati we need to import and you chaps who should posses brains still cheer?? My God!

    • @patriot, in the same way Lungu and his deputies should also be locked up for allowing his supporters to occupy an airport

  12. So where is The Church with their ‘POA is a Human Rights issue’, and blaming PF. This is Testimony, for the church. No sooner had they weighed into the UPND Lead campaign against it, then God’s Righteousness took a side with those that said it should stay. The Advocates against it were outed to all Zambian Witnesses, truth of their evil and wicked ways displayed. Hypocracy.

    God does not always speak through churches. It is the ‘correct heart’ that can carry his favour.

  13. Upnd is a very violent political party. This mapatizya formular party if left un checked will put this country into frames. HH a bitter man because of so many defeats is violent. I peal to the police to cage those thugs.

    • We appeal to HE Lungu’s gov’t to disband UPND and lock up its Leaders indefinitely. KK would have dealt with this firmly. This gentle approach from Gov’t is causing unrest among the people. It’s causing political factions to start challenging Democratically elected Gov’t. It’s creating an ungovernable Zambia. WE ARE AT WAR. Hear this, Zambia. Beware The Tides of August 2016. A Man amongst us would be King without our approval. His plan to unleash vengeance and cause disarray in a peaceful country for his personal elevation. God Protect Us And Preserve us.

    • Bra you are telling he truth I saw you in Ndola gozella-ring a red tipper truck in Ndola at the airport. It izi tulu

  14. This is the problem with UPND as they are ever right!!instead of condemning violence,they refuse it-shocking!!UPND IS A USELESS PARTY WHICH NO CIVILISED ZAMBIAN VOTER MUST VOTE FOR!!

    • Only vote for civilised people who raid airports in red tipper trucks not riff raff who peacefully stand by the road side and get teargassed. You are very wise

    • The days of you and yours just slapping and teargassing others with no retaliation are coming to an end back shenzi imwe

  15. When Jonas spoke of ‘violent’ Miles he mentioned that in Katuba ‘his boys’ sorted out Miles ‘boys’…who can forget “Mapatizya” until Nkombo had his arm fractured and spent time in the cells…or indeed when Winter under PF had his boys ‘hack’ other boys from GBM camp…or indeed the ‘boys’ who chased nalumango and Maureen in the northern province…or Miles plane failing to land etc…violence begets violence

  16. you can say that to defend your party my man but you have never been there when hh is coming to choma not until you experience it that is when you will understand what made the police to act in the manner they did coz when you look at the police station and where these pipo were these standing you will say they may have compromised with the police security and for your own information upnd bola panshi ama elections talayamba just wait mukalila ifintu ni lungu

  17. It is a shame. UPND is sitting on its own dinner plate. This what can happen if HH wins, they will be sitting all over the show.

  18. We appeal to HE Lungu’s gov’t to disband UPND and lock up its Leaders indefinitely. KK would have dealt with this firmly. This gentle approach from Gov’t is causing unrest among the people. It’s causing political factions to start challenging Democratically elected Gov’t. It’s creating an ungovernable Zambia. WE ARE AT WAR. Hear this, Zambia. Beware The Tides of August 2016. A Man amongst us would be King without our approval. His plan to unleash vengeance and cause disarray in a peaceful country for his personal elevation. God Protect Us And Preserve us.

  19. These are the pipo asking for our votes. We are learning from Tongas I have never heard UPND ofgicials condemning their caders. We shall teach them Akatopola in August and they will go back to their dry farms

  20. 1. The trouble makers at Ndola airport are suspected PF cadres, whereas the rioters in Choma are uPMD cadres as confirmed by Spokesperson Kakoma himself.
    2. In the Ndola case, the PF leadership (Father Bwalya, even Edgar) condemned the unruly behaviour of whoever was involved, but for the Choma case it is the usual denial of wrongdoing by Kakoma, who wants everybody to see uPMD as victim.
    3. In the Ndola case, the uPMD operatives quickly twisted the story to read that people including Airport workers were beaten, for what reason? As soon as allegations are twisted in your favour the whole story becomes doubtful, surely uPMD knows these simple facts of life?

  21. Unless the national intelligence carry out thorough surveillance on the ground during campaign and subsequent election period, the country, if unchecked, is likely to degenerate into chaos. The top two political party leaders scrambling for the top seat have to restrain their supporters. You may realise it too late when irreversable damage has already occurred. These are similar steps Kenya undermined which ended up into the ICC. BEWARE

    • stop dreaming my man lungu is winning whether you like it or not and if you try and do that here in lsk mukanya elo mukaponoka ba swaini misula shenu you think you own zambia ba kabwa

    • you mbinji HH is so desperate because he knows if he wont win this time, that means the end of his him contesting anymore. He wants to leave no stone un turned.

  22. late Micheal Sata was a brave leader i remember in 2006 he came out in the open told his supporters stop any form of violence when he lost to mwanawasa but before elections you are behaving like this,this is a satanic way of doing this just seeking blood

    • @28.1 Fota Nkonde, you cannot even read and understand simple writings like the one from Pungwa. You go straight to your usual insults. Anyway that is how most UPND people seem to have been brought up.

      It is a matter of time, even you and your HH will die one day. If some dies it not mean foolishness. For you UPND, differences in politics means life or death enmity. That is why we will never vote for your party. It is so disrespectful for elders and stupidly, to the dead. I hope no one dies in your family because I will consider you to be stupid. How can your relatives die? then you must be silly. You will never die and your people will never die. But if you will die and your HH will die and your relatives will die even today, then you must very stupid not cheat death. Then stop…

  23. “It is unfortunate that the UPND leadership could not restrain their cadres even after having assured the Police Command that they would always abide by the provisions of the Public Order Act,” this what we talk about as ubupumbu ba swaini

  24. @misozi,so what about lungu’s desperation and panic to the extent of wanting us to go back the vomits of 2011.Zambian people rejected mmd in 2011 and lungu is going back to the same mmd.Isnt that desperation and panic,are you telling me its is his last chance also? my friend just prepare to be kicked of power.Zambian people are resolved everywhere to vote HH and upnd hence the panic in lungu’s camp.

  25. Satanists want to spill blood before elections so that they can win.But it will never happen even if upnd spill blood for sacrifice.If these upnd thugs can behave this way even when they are not in power.what about if they come in power in 2081??

  26. @Pungwa, Sata told his supporters not to be violent and yet PF remained the most violent party. For the first time in the history of this country, we saw cadres marching in town center in broad daylight brandishing pangas and carrying mock coffins! Remember the Kabimba days? PF have literally re-writen the rule book on violence and Police can’t do anything for fear of their jobs. Do not point an accusing finger at others!

    • @Baba Mungoni,those were selfish motives by winter kabwamba and gbm who are no longer in the party and this in choma it is the police and upnd fighting, pipo who cannot respect law enforcers taking law in their own hands so shameful and you can imagine in choma lets hope my friend matakala is not one of the police officers injured

  27. IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY ITS ONLY ONE PARTY KNOWN FOR CRIMINAL VIOLENCE AND THIS IS UPND. THEY SLICED PEOPLE IN MAPATIZYA AND MUFUMBWE, THE VIOLENCE NEVER EXPERIENCED SINCE ZAMBIA’S INDEPENDENCE. THEY ARE VIOLENT PEOPLE AND WORSE ENOUGH HAVING GBM WHO IS EQUALLY VIOLENT, THE PARTY WILL RUN DOWN ZAMBIA IN FLAMES. WE KNOW THEM VERY WELL. AND ALL THEY DO IF SOMEONE SUPPORT OTHER PARTIES IN THE VILLAGES THEY JUST TORCH SUCH A HOUSE AND NO ONE CAN REPORT THE INCIDENT. WE KNOW YOU VERY WELL.

  28. Spellcheck,am saying this because thats what you are in upnd. You and your leader worship the devil in upnd and zambians should know. God will never allow the devill to take over Zambia.

  29. To tell you the truth these people had gathered far way from town somewhere near ruthuren church after zesco, but police them to go and wait in town on which they agreed.

  30. Oh boy, LT that is a new one. Is the DIG also appointed by the PIG (Party In Government)? That said, it is a fine time now for so-called supporters to realize that their zeal is rarely rewarded wholesale by the party they are attempting to die for. Please start using your intellects a little more rather than [email protected] violently all over the place like this.

  31. With smartphone you can get video of what is happening on the ground which can become a proper witness for ZP and the common citizens. So that they will be no distortions of reporting. We are in modern world with a lot of facilities to use. Journalists be equipped with proper tools same to ZP video cameras or your smartphone will help you to prove what you report.

  32. Upndevils can not stay without violence they are too rough & used from baby hood cruelly beating cattle,slaughtering using knives. Blood to them is not strange its party of the game.

  33. UPND is a very violent party, if they can behave like this in opposition what more in power, they literally take over the functions of the police.PF was not violent in opposition it has just been infiltrated by violent cadres who were in MMD at markets and bus stations. SO these market cadres plus the already violent UPND in power will be equal to total chaos and political turmoil, so fellow zambians dont waist you votes on this violet lot.

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