Police in Lusaka have apprehended 21 suspected UPND cadres for being in possession of unlawful offensive weapons.
Deputy Inspector General of Police for Administration, Eugene Sibote says the 21 were found at unmarked premises on Luanshya road belonging to UPND Vice President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba popularly known as GBM.
Mr. Sibote says Police’s action follows intelligence information received two weeks ago that some people were allegedly carrying out training in defensive as well as attacking tactics.
He says the skills were to be used to cause violence during this year’s elections.
Mr. Sibote says police acted on the information today and conducted an operation at Mr. Mwamba’s premises were eight rounds of ammunition, three machetes, one spear and a golf stick and some cannabis were recovered.
He added that two of the suspected have so far been charged with being found in possession of offensive weapons while one person is on the run.
Mr. Sibote said 19 suspects whose ages range between 21 and 43 have been warned and cautioned for unlawful drilling.
He added that investigations are still on because the register that was found at the premises has 158 names who should be part of the group that was picked.
Meanwhile, Patriotic Front Youth Chairperson Stephen Kampyongo has praised the Police in Lusaka for apprehending suspected UPND cadres for being in possession of unlawful offensive weapons.
Mr. Kampyongo says the action by the Police should be commended by all peace loving Zambians as it is a move aimed at curbing violence in the country.
He says UPND leaders should bear in mind that they are not above the law.
On Friday, President Lungu warned the UPND to dismantle the militia group the party is training in Lusaka.
President Lungu said he had information that the UPND is allegedly sponsoring the training of about two hundred and 50 militia in Lusaka.