Former Kafue Member of Parliament Obvious Mwaliteta is one of the four UPND officials who have been arrested for intercepting records of election results, a day before President Edgar Lungu was declared winner of Thursday’s elections.
The five has since been charged with Aggravated Robbery while others are still on the run.
Police Inspector General Kakoma Kanganja disclosed that the incident occurred on Sunday 14th August, 2016 between 10:00 hours and 13:00 hours along Haille Selaise road near City Airport in Lusaka.
“Facts of the matter are that on the material day, three Returning Officers who were coming from the Copperbelt aboard a Zambia Air Force plane, after arriving at Lusaka City Airport, were intercepted as they were proceeding to the Electoral Commission of Zambia Headquarters to deliver materials that included records of proceedings (Form 18) and announcement of poll results (Gen 12),” Mr Kanganja said.
“Upon arrival at City Airport, they were picked up by a Toyota Land cruiser vehicle belonging to the Electoral Commission of Zambia. After driving for about fifty meters from City Airport gate, a Toyota Hiace mini bus blocked them from the front whilst another vehicle, a Toyota Mark II blocked them from behind.”
He said about fifteen men came out from the mini bus and pepper sprayed the ECZ officials in their faces and later assaulted them.
Mr Kanganja said the assailants got away with the Electoral Commission of Zambia materials including the victims’ personal belongings, that is, a hand bag containing various documents and K 350 cash and a Blackberry phone valued at K4,000 and sped off, abandoning the Toyota Mark II at the scene and that in the process, they dropped an Alcatel phone and a number plate ABZ 1919.
He said both the abandoned motor vehicle and a phone have been identified to be for a named UPND official who is on the run.
“Five people have since been arrested in connection with two counts of Aggravated Robbery Contrary to section 294 and 22 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia have appeared in Court today, Friday 19th August, 2016. They have been identified as Obvious Summerton Mwaliteta aged 46, Evans Mukobela aged 44, Macmillan Shimukonka aged 33, Laswell Phiri aged 42 and Emmanuel Mumbi aged 46. A manhunt for the others who are on the run has continued,” he said.
And the Police Chief said the motor vehicle which was used to drop the three Electoral Commission officials at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport in Ndola was also attacked by some UPND cadres on the Copperbelt and went away with photocopies of records of proceedings (Form 18) and announcement of poll results (Gen 12).
He said the assailants were arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery and they have since appeared in Court.