Police officers leaving GBM's home in Kasama
Police officers leaving GBM’s home in Kasama

The opposition UPND has dismissed reports that police in Kasama recovered weapons and petrol bombs after they raided the home of its presidential running mate Geoffrey Mwamba in Kasama.

UPND Secretary General Stephen Katuka said the reports are misleading.

“We would like to make clear the facts concerning the raid of GBM’s house in Kasama in the early hours of this morning, during which members of his family were teargased, including small children. The items allegedly found were only recovered once the house was cleared. We know these have been planted,” Mr Katuka said in a statement.

“We also categorically deny the existence of petrol bombs in the residence. What they claim to have found were in fact empty bottles, as you might find in any residence. Further, a large amount of money totalling K345,000 went missing from the house while it was being searched,” he said.

“With the media under strong pressure from the PF, only a few outlets have checked the facts on the case with us. We are calling on all media houses to take note of these facts in their reporting, because they have a responsibility to make sure reports during this tense period are well informed and free from bias.”

Earlier, Police in Kasama this morning at dawn arrested 28 people at UPND presidential running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s house in Kasama.
The Police have since confiscated various offensive weapons found at the residence.

The Police raided the house at 04 Hours after a security tip-off and surrounded the house.

Police were shocked to find 28 people in the small two-bedroom house.

The 28 were found with matchets, pangas, and petrol bombs.

Northern Province Police Commissioner Bonnie Kapeso confirmed the raid and said the motive of the large group and the offensive weapons they were carrying is being investigated.

And Mr Mwamba said he is yet to establish the main reason for the raid at his house as he is on the Copperbelt.

“My home in Kasama is opposite the golf course where the PF rally was held yesterday, previously the same rally had been slated to take place at the Stadium in Kasama but was changed. Some PF cadres who had been bused into Kasama had planned to come and attack my home after their rally. Our UPND youth team stayed overnight to keep visual,” Mr Bwalya said.

“However early this morning at 5hrs my home was surrounded and raided…the UPND youth team has been rounded up and arrested…the Police then broke down the doors of my home and threw teargas in the house.”

Mr Bwalya said that it is sad and unfortunate that his home in Kasama has been raided and teargased.

“My wife, my children and grandchildren were in the house when this happened this morning. My small grandchildren have been taken to hospital as they have been victims of this barbaric act carried out by the police.”

The teargas cannisters that was fired by police
The teargas cannisters that was fired by police
The terrified relatives of GBM after the house was raided by police
The terrified relatives of GBM after the house was raided by police
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72 COMMENTS

  1. And “Fake Christians” will be flocking to pray for peace with humble, God-fearing president Lungu. My foot!! Why is he using state machinery to intimidate candidates? It’s just so primitive & backwards. Imagine Obama sending police to search Donald Trump’s home. Let Lungu go back to chawama or else Zambia shall be doomed & it’ll take another 27years for them to realize how they’ve been duped.

    Remember how these “Fake Christians” supported FTJ even when he was stealing & sleeping with another man’s wife, just becoz he declared Zambia a Christian Nation.

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    • THIS KIND OF DICTATORIAL HARASSMENT OF THE OPPOSITION IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. LUNGU AND THE PF ARE JUST TRYING TO INTIMIDATE THE OPPOSITION. UPND PLEASE NOT THAT IN THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS LUNGU AND PF WILL DO ALL IN THIER POWER TO STIFLE DISSENT. WE HAVE TO KEEP THE ELECTORATE ENGAGED. “ONE IS NEVER MORE ALIVE THAN WHEN THEY ARE ON THE VERGE OF DEFEAT ”
      IFWE NI OPERATION “WATERMELON “

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    • And come to think of it the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation only served to zombify the masses. At not have Zambians been this gullible.

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    • This is what you get when you have a drunkard for a president. The people arrested were there to protect GBM’s house, there were not arrested on the streets but in the house….. And when did having a panga in the house become crime? Unlike PF cadres, the people arrested were not moving on the street with pangas.

      I honestly pray that PF will lose the elections….Lungu is not a leader, he should be running a tavern in Chawama.

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    • “No weapons were found at GBM’s Kasama House”……….

      Not even GOLF STICKS ???????? But the house is right next to the Golf Course!!!!

      Maybe these clueless PF police did not bother to find out if GBM plays golf and just assumed there would be plenty of “offensive weapon” GOLF STICKS there.

      We all know playing golf is a crime and deserves harassment and persecution!

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    • I was there and the mission was to bomb the PF crowd as one way of hitting back at PF popularity. UPND need to sober up or else they plunge this country into an Armageddon just like HH said a few weeks ago.

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    • 28 people in a small room with pangas and petrol bombs keeping vigil at GBM’s house protecting it against the PF. GBM has a complex problem. He bought his diplomas and now he thinks Zambians are stupid. K345,000 stolen. If it has really been stolen good for GBM. That was money meant to be his get away cash after causing problems in Zambia.

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    • And who expects UPND to admit it? This is their expected response. Time the law took its course. HH and his GBM can set the country on fire. They are ruffians.

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    • Zambian DEFENCES FORCES & OP, take heart & FOLLOW the lead of Zambia ARMY COMMANDER who does not bow & bark for Chagwa – THIS IS A PROFESSIONAL COMMANDER – he is KNOWS WHERE HIS ALLEGIANCE LIES – That is in the DEFENCE OF ZAMBIA & ZAMBIANS, & NOT A DRUNK KAPONYA, WHO BY ILLEGAL PARTY MANIPULATION USURPED POWER, AFTER LATE PRESIDENT SATA’s passing; This DRUNKARD KAPONYA WAS DISHONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM MILTEZ!!! That act in itself GOES TO SHOW YOU MEN & WOMEN OF THE DEFENCE FORCES, that we have a VERY UNSUITABLE person standing as Commander-in-chief, A DISHONORABLY DISCHARGED FELON is UNFIT TO LEAD YOU HONORABLE, & PATRIOTIC MEN & WOMEN!!
      HE IS at his wits end becoz he has REALISED THAT HIS TIME IS UP, THE PEOPLE, who are YOUR FAMILIES, Grand parents, parents, own children, nephews &…

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    • ….& nieces & grand children who ALL LOOK TO A BETTER ZAMBIA, are THE “SUPPOSEDLY ENEMY”, that this THIEF, MURDERER masquerading as COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, wants YOU TO ENGAGE WITH LIVE AMMUNITION – the ONLY ZAMBIAN COMMANDER IN CHIEF THAT HAS NO QUALMS KILLING HIS OWN PEOPLE, THE SAME PEOPLE THAT GAVE HIM CHANCE TO BE PRESIDENT – But THANK GOD, YOUR ALLEGIANCE IS TO DEFEND ZAMBIA & ZAMBIANS, & NOT THE OTHER WAY ROUND!!

      YES, BE DEPLOYED, BUT WHEN THE TIME COMES, YOU KNOW WHO TO APPREHEND & TAKE INTO CUSTODY!!!

      VOTE WISELY 11/8/2016!! Vote ZAMBIA FORWARD!! VOTE FOR A UNITED & PROGRESSIVE & PEACEFUL ZAMBIA, ONE DEFENDED BY ITS HONORABLE & GALLANT DEFENCE FORCES THAT SEEK TO SERVE ZAMBIA rather than a LITTLE DRUNK TINPOT DICTATOR!!

      Vote UPND!! Abantu baya!!

      #Chagwamustfall!!…

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    • pf police cadres are following their master’s foot steps of stealing,drinking Jameson,killing innocent UPND supporters and pretending to be Christians…VIVA UPND,VIVA HH 2016

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  2. Jameson Vodka Chakolwa Wrungu is a liar,a thief,a murderer and a drunkard.He pretends to be a Christian so that he can buy our votes.Come August 11, he will fall together with his imbeciles…VIVA UPND,VIVA HH 2016

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  3. LUNGU SINKING SO LOW! WHAT A MEDIOCRE PERSON WE HAVE AS STATE PRESIDENT. LUNGU HAS BURNT AND DESTROYED ZAMBIA. LUNGU SHOULD PAYBACK HEAVILY. GOD SHOULD SOUGHT LUNGU OUT.

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  4. AWE KWENA BA PF AND YOUR POLICE WE ARE WONDERING WHERE YOU ARE TAKING THIS NATION.
    WHY A THIS PLAN? TIME IS DRAWING CLOSER AND IT WILL CATCH UP WITH YOU.

    MWE LESA TWALILA KUMENSO YENU TWATITIKISHIWA NA BA LUNGU NA PF YABO

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  5. THE UPND Secretary General Stephen Katuka said the THE POLICE only FOUND empty bottles, as you might find in any residence. Further, a large amount of money totaling K345,000 went missing from the house while it was being searched,” he said. But GBM SAYS 28 UPND cadres stayed on to keep vigil, in anticipation of an imaginary PF attack on the property.

    Common sense : If the 28 were there to thwart an an attack, then clearly they were armed.

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    • Sontapo epowabomba……

      HIGH Price of Mealie meal, saladi, kapenta, sugar, groceries, bread, surf, colgate, tomato, chicken, inama, nafimbi efyo PF yalundapo.

      No jobs for youths, no money in the pocket and high ZRA taxes under Lungu PF. Sonta!!!!

      Abundant criminal corruption by PF and it’s thugs at markets, stations and office. Sonta!!!

      PF violence, brutality and killings. Sontapo!!!

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    • Sorry but your analysis is flawed in the absence of recent facts. Firstly the chawama rally for the UPND was stopped apparently because the police had information that some PF cadres were going to attack people at the rally, the police stopped the UPND rally instead of going for the PF cadres. So why wasn’t Edgars rally stopped. Which law in Zambia prohibits a number people being in a room? How come police only receive tips of UPND cadres in homes which they raid? recent point in case is the northmead case and the gym story which hasnt gone anywhere and yet PF cadres were so excited at the time but strangely have stopped referring to these cases since they will not go anywhere. Zambia is a funny place ECL and the PF may do their 2nd term but as sure as my God lives they will leave office…

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  6. GBM awe sure. There was no money there, what a joke. GBM should be charged for treason. Malabishi.

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    • treason: the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill or overthrow the sovereign or government.
      Now coming to “Lazi” are you normal my guy? do the circumstances of this incident fall within the definition of treason above. thats the only problem with internet, even an imbecile can post provided it purchases bundles. mxxxm

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  7. Lungusha will do anything, including planting fake evidence, because he is so scared of the popularity of his opponents. They have been singing the same song for too long now, what more with the cadre commissioner being in charge of the province? But the dogs days are numbered.

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  8. And what was such a huge amount doing in the house you liers? Why these kambwalis ever admit to anything wrong by there Mongolians? Just wait and loose peacefully

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  9. This is UPND bane! They may not be the favorite of many but we need to acknowledge that they are very good at communication and propaganda. They are far better organised than PF and the government in this area – a necessity in any administration especially at this critical time of elections! But to balance up things could LT avail us a Press Statement from the Police so that we can see who is fooling who?

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  10. and that is GBM’s residence? looking like a farm? one would think he has a better premise like h boasts of being rich

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    • Actually this is when he has just put a wall fence. The place has no running water. This chap I hear is now bankrupt

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    • Please give evidence were HH is boasting of his riches as you put it. And please I hope you do understand the word boasting.

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  11. Mr Katuka keeping K345 000 cash at home is not allowed and the banking regulations are very clear…Trying to cover up with another lie not realising that they are committing another crime…UPND is really an amateur under 5 party…

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    • I know K345 000 is probably what you make in 10 years but understand that K345 000 to people like GBM. K345 000 is nothing when when you are campaigning…. this money that can finish in less that less than 3 days ……… Politicians including Chakolwa Lungu have millions on them right now.

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    • And where is Liato if its a crime? Where do you think Lungu is keeping the money he is using to purchase all these election materials can he give us an account he is using ….we expect more accountability from a party inPower. With unbanked population being high in Zed and lack of banking facilities there are a number of reasons that money could have been there. Eg. To pay workers, for party logistics and allowances for foot soldiers etc

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  12. So sad that Lungu is lowering himself to this standard. Why treating other leaders like kids. I really pray that Lunch loose the election because people will create another Zimbabwe.

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  13. So when cadres run into my house, the police have the right to teargas the house without considering who else may in the house? What happens to the children who were teargased? Who will fight for justice on their behalf? Where else should they have been? Who will help them overcome the trauma suffered during the whole ordeal? These cadres were surrounded, was it necessary to choke them out of the house? Save the children must come in and take Kapeso to task.

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    • Ask yourself those questions and also include questions like, if carders are allowed to running into your house mixing with your kids whilst running battles with police, who will have put them in arms way? Thank you.

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    • Yes they have the right as long as such cadres are deemed to be thugs and are not willing to heed the police’s call to surrender themselves. Why didn’t GBM ask police to guard his house instead of packing 28 armed thugs into a small place? Viva ZP.

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  14. GBM is useless. His boss and forever opposition loser Kalusa is also useless.
    Your only record is one of violence.
    Why are you keeping petrol bombs at home?
    Why keep K345000 at home instead of the bank?
    What are you hiding?

    Next we are going to raid Kaponya (HH) at his Kabulonga residence. Go PF!

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    • Yesterday I met a South-African Boer who made me feel sad after he described the poverty he saw after he visited rural areas in Zambia. He said people he was interacting with were eating 1 cob of maize for the whole day.

      PF won’t rule forever. One day they’ll be in opposition & the same things will happen to u. Even RB/MMD was in power when they were busy persecuting PF.

      Gladly HH is the only leader sane enough to put a stop to this primitive type of politics & concentrate on fixing the mess left by Lungu, i.e.
      – load-shedding
      – bleeding kwacha
      – shrinking economy
      -dead agriculture
      -dead tourism
      -dead mining sectors, etc.

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  15. Look at the poor state in which that house is. Instead of seriously renovating it, he has let the house to be dilapidated and claims to have the interest of the people of Kasama. Dreamer

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  16. UPND claims to be the party of intellectuals but the level at which its leadership fails to understand & comprehend issues leaves less to be desired. this katuka man must stop showing ignorance here. GBM said 28 youth team who where guarding the house has been arrested , but the entire katuka says they only found bottles the question is can those people guard the house unarmed? who does not know that gbm is violent? only a person who lives in mars may be.

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  17. GBM THE “STRONG MAN” WHO KILLED UPND AT ITS PEAK

    This man will be remembered how that at the time the Party was gaining its highest momentum he appeared on the scene and took the front seat, with colour and character that never was attached to UPND. This man will go down in history as one such person who sunk the party to its lowest level. He feels he is the saviour of UPND and I still say he is the “destroyer” of our party. May this man be forgiven every Sabbath.

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  18. Ninshi bayikele munganda kwati niba kapanga? No wonder they were smoked out. That’s what we do with ba kapanga when they don’t want to come out of hiding willingly. The police were after these violent UPND cadres and not GBM’s family. But in such situations, even innocent people may get bruised. I sympathize with the innocent, not the 28 armed bandits.

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  19. Lungu is desperate to stay in power. He knows he cant win this election without cheating. On this basis Lungu is determined to rig this election at all costs . The harassment of GBM is part and parcel of Lungu’s rigging plans.Lungu is using the Bible, the gun and violence to steal the vote. The whole World is watching and if Lungu succeeds in his mission then the elections will be declared illegitimate. An illegitimate regime in Zambia will be put under International sanctions and will be blocked from accessing money from the International Financial Institutions. Unfortunately Mu7 and Uncle Bob who are helping Lungu to steal these elections will not help him becoz they have no money. In Zim the govt is failing to pay their workers and cannot borrow externally becoz they are not credit…

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  20. Bloody idiiots are still calling for prayers in the meantime, just how do are sinking in this country really? It hurts to see fellow citizens exercising their rights being treated and targeted in such a manner. Can we all live in peace and harmony as Zambians please. If we are our making enemies amongst ourselves, how can we even defend our country from foreign aggression when we are so divided? The police are constantly looking for and targeting the opposition and we cannot see Chama and his friends being searched at their homes. I do not even support any political party but the happenings are so alarming and scary in Zambia. I hope those men and women in leadership (opposition and ruling) will come back to the normal senses and stop the madness they are creating in the country.

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  21. UPND never cease to amaze me. You call tearing and pulling down your opponents’ posters an exercise of one’s rights? GOD help us!

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  22. Why guarding the house has if well built? can honestly pf destroy that hat am seing! chansoni sana
    and if true that they were guarding the house ,would they guard without weapons? mwebantu be serious
    ba upnd.twalishiba ati mwali lusa kale

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  23. In fact, GBM and Kabimba are the ones who planted violent conduct in PF when they were fighting to succeed the then ailing Sata. Remember the coffin for Kabimba in Lusaka streets. They bought pangas and gave them to cadres. Mulenga Sata and Miles Sampa where also involved that time.

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  24. Upnd will never admit any wrong doing!!surely what was 28 men doing in GBM’s home?these were militia and am sure they are from southern province.instead of telling us the truth,upnd cook up k345 000 issue!!WHO IS TALKING ABOUT MONEY HERE?GBM AND HH ALWAYS WANT TO SHOW OFF!!what is k345 000?this is US$34 500!!!gbm and his hh are f00ls indeed!!PLEASE ZAMBIA POLICE CAGE THOSE *****S WHOM YOU FOUND AT GBM’S HOUSE AND AREST GBM TOO!!ZAMBIA IS BIGGER THAN HH OR GBM!!WE NEED PEACE!!go pf go!!

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  25. IF GBM IS THAT REACH WHY CANT HE HIRE A SECURITY COMPANY TO GUARD HIS PROPERTY INSTEAD OF USING A HOAD OF PANGA AND MACHETE-CARYING THUGS. OR BETTER STILL USE POLICE.

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  26. I fact that was not enough.Police make sure that these power hungry UPND do not bring confusion in this nation.I urge the ECZ to suspend the UPND from participating in this year’s elections.Who is HH and GBV by the way?Viva ECL ,viva PF.nifyanta chabe and do the sontix.

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  27. why is gender beating manger over soiling when no other party member want to go jail for plot zero

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  28. After lungu found out the crowd he saw came for the free music entertainment not his usless speech he got upset and sent his PF police to raid GBM’s residence.

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  29. Something is not right here. GBM, why would a man of your stature maintain a large family including grand children in a two bedroom house? We hear that Kadama is your base, two bd house ba GBM? You must explain more ba GBM. I am forced to believe that the 21 were actually a militia, no two ways about it. And Stephen Katuka I respect you for no entangling yourself in lies, why didnt you leave this to that foolis.h spokesperson ati Kakoma?

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  30. GBM, why would a man of your stature maintain a large family including grand children in a two bedroom house? We hear that Kadama is your base, two bd house ba GBM? You must explain more ba GBM. I am forced to believe that the 21 were actually a militia, no two ways about it. And Stephen Katuka I respect you for no entangling yourself in lies, why didnt you leave this to that foolis.h spokesperson ati Kakoma?

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  31. Kasama is not a GBM strong hold. That’s what has hurt the insulters of PF and Lungu on this page. The more you insult the more Lungu becomes stronger. All he needs is to stand still and God will fight for him. It is not Lungu who has destroyed the economy it is 50 years of misrule. One year is not enough to blame a man or for a man to correct 50 years of misrule. Let us be reasonable. Violence is violence period. UPND has never confronted the violence in their bedroom. We shall speak with our vote when the day comes. We shall put this matter to rest once and for all as Zambians. What a childish party full of haters. Long live ECL. “Ba dala this is our time and so I hear them say”, its not your time its God’s time.”

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  32. If one understood anything about laws and rights, we would not be reading some of these comments. Just unbelievable! When it comes to legally defending you and your property from trespassers or burglary you have certain rights and won’t be criminally liable. It could be physical attack and as long as one can justify in using reasonable force against their attacker is all they need to prove. That money that grew legs, trespassing, breaking and entering, reasonable force, which the police did, you have every right to defend yourself. In some countries you can shoot someone for trespassing after giving three warnings and they won’t back down. As long as you can prove defense, in most cases where no one is above the law, this can fall under self defense. To comment on 28 cadres being on the…

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  33. To comment on 28 cadres being on the property guarding the family. I would do the same if I saw foreseeable harm while I was away campaigning, we all would in a similar situation to protect our families. To answer your question…. If they had weapons… it is self defense!

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  34. stephen katuka says police just found empty bottles, was he there? and what PREMIER highlighted should b a clear fact to hakedians that common sense isn’t so common anymore, GBM clearly defends the 28 caders arrested in his home that they were there to protect gbms home incase pf caders raided his home,BUT PROTECT WITH WHAT? making a 28 people road block by holding hands or with those empty bottles katuka mentioned, if it was not for an early response by police, those bombs and machettes could have befallen on innocent people Who were attending the rally that very day,but for the money was it katukas or gbm pantu gbm seems lost

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  35. It doesn’t need a rocket scientist to know that if you are a high ranking politician during campaign period and your opponents are having a rally outside your house, you need to guard your family against possibility of some overzealous cadres straying into your yard. When is it a crime to guard your own house and family inside your own house?

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  36. Your insults are not enough to prevent ECL from continuing his presidency beyond 11th August 2016. In fact, they have not managed to produce even one ballot in favour of your losing party president. Insele ba BMG shachilamo – he is not fit for the vice presidency – we need serene people.

    ECL awina mutamba kaa!

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  37. These guys should learn to tell the truth.The money is too much to be kept in the house.Are they using it to make petrol booms,and acquiring weapons.ZP move in and investigate that money.

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