Violence broke out in Matero Sunday afternoon after police fired tear gas canisters to stop a UPND youth rally held at Matero Community Hall.
The rally which was attended by a huge crowd comprising mainly UPND and sympathisers of area MP Miles Sampa was peaceful until police stormed the venue and ordered that the event be stopped.
This was despite the police having issued the UPND with a permit two weeks ago to hold the rally.
The UND cadres and officials had to scamper in all directions after tear gas was fired with some sustaining minor injuries in the process.
UPND Vice President Canisius Banda was one of the key officials who was caught up the fracas.
The UPND cadres later reorganised themselves and descended the local PF party offices on Commonwealth and destroyed property in revenge attacks.
In an interview after the disturbances, Dr Banda said the UPND is disappointed with the unprofessional behaviour of the police.
“With the awareness of the police, today, in our thousands as concerned youths, we assembled in Matero so that we could confer as citizens. On instruction, the police threw teargas canisters at us, that is how with tears in our eyes, we left, our hearts heavy,” Dr Banda said.
Meanwhile, the ruling PF successfully held its own youth rally in Lusaka’s Bauleni area Sunday afternoon.