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.”