SOME residents of Mazabuka, Kalomo and parts of Choma were yesterday in celebration frenzy after a fake rumour went round saying that United Party for National Development (UPND) leader has won the petition.
The celebrations are said to have started around 02:00 hours yesterday upon hearing the fake story and some residents of Mazabuka’s Kabobola Township went into agog. This news spread to Choma’s Chandamali, Kalomo’s Mawaya and also other towns went into wide celebrations that was characterised with music dance and honking of vehicles.
Southern Province Police Commissioner Godwin Phiri said his officers in Kalomo arrested one person for conduct likely to cause the breach of peace.
“It is regrettable that some mischievous elements continue to fun instability by outrageous pronouncements. Police are well positioned to act and accordingly and anyone participating in lawlessness will only have themselves to blame when found on the wrong side of the law,” he said.
He said the police also arrested suspected UPND cadres Obrid Sianjana and Clive Mweene both of Bwacha Township for being in possession of breaking elements around 03:00 hours yesterday whilst the police conducting patrols.
But senior citizen Edward Masiwa has counseled the UPND members to desist from believing the fake stories that had been created because there was no report of any candidate winning the election Petition.
“This matter is in court and there was no court judgement, people of Southern Province be careful as you may be cited for contempt these are works of our enemies,” he said.