Copperbelt Province Police Commissioner Charity Katanga has said that 18 suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres were arrested for conduct likely to cause breach of peace when UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema appeared for questioning at the Copperbelt Police divisional headquarters in Ndola yesterday.
Ms Katanga said that those arrested, 17 are males and one female.
Ms. Katanga also said that the Journalist, Frank Chingambu, of the Ndola ZANIS office who was also arrested has been released.
Ms Katanga said that the journalist was apprehended after he failed to produce identification and got into a confrontation with police officers
On HH, Mr Katanga said that the UPND leader was warned and cautioned for Seditious Practices, contrary to section 57 (1)( d) as read with section 60 (1) (f) of the Penal Code.
Ms Katanga said that Mr. Hichilema was alleged to have broken this provision of the law when he recently uttered seditious words against the Chinese people.
Ms. Katanga further said that the fact that Mr. Hichilema had been warned and cautioned of the said offence, there will be another course of action from the police that will follow.
She has since cautioned political leaders against issuing unsubstantiated statements which incite xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals.