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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Police night raid nets 43 party cadres and recover machetes, knives, as well as some various illicit drugs

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Forty-three people have been apprehended, after police raids last night in various parts of Lusaka, following yesterday’s killing of two people in Kanyama, during rival political party cadres clash.

Police have also apprehended 4 suspects, in connection with the Kanyama murder case, in which 2 male adults, aged between 20 and 30, were killed, during the violent political clash. During the raid, police also recovered various offensive weapons, among them machetes and knives, as well as some various illicit drugs.

Lusaka Province Police Commissioner, Luckson Sakala has confirmed last night’s police operation, saying the apprehended suspects include 3 females and 1 male, who was found in a military uniform.

Mr. Sakala has also confirmed the apprehending of the 4 suspects, in connection with the Kanyama murder, who he says are members of a named political party. He has explained that earlier yesterday, the political rival groups clashed around 16.30 hours in Kanyama’s Mbasela area, during which the two deceased were hacked to death.

Speaking today, when he addressed the media, Mr. Sakala has said that 2 of the murder suspects were apprehended by members of the public and the other 2 by police, who rushed to the scene. Mr. Sakala has since warned against political violence, saying police will continue conducting operations to maintain law and order.

Yesterday, two Patriotic Front Members in Lusaka’s Kanyama Township were allegedly murdered by suspected UPND cadres after sustaining multiple deep cuts. Deputy Inspector General of Police Charity Katanga disclosed to ZNBC News last evening that the two were murdered in their camp as they prepared lunch .

Mrs. Katanga said that Police rushed to the scene after reports of a clash between PF and UPND to disperse the cadres. She has identified the deceased as Danny and Teddy both aged between 20 and 30.

Mrs. Katanga says the police have since arrested 4 UPND suspects for the murder of which 2 are in hospital after the public descended on them while 2 are in police custody. Those arrested include Geoffrey Chikoti, Samson Mumba, Namushi Chikunona and Francis Chabala.

Mrs. Katanga explained that the police will ensure that all those behind any form of violence are held accountable for their action.

And, Mrs. Katanga said it is unfortunate that some political parties continue to engage in forms of violence. She has since advised political parties to tame their cadres so that such incidences are not recorded.

30 COMMENTS

  1. TO ALL YOUTH AND PEOPLE FROM UPND AND PF , DONOT BE INVOLVED
    IN ANY OTHERPOLITICAL CONFUSIONS , AS YOU ONLY LOSE YOUR LIFE OR BE
    IMPRISONED .

    TO THE TWO PARTIES , PLEASE ADVISE YOUR PEOPLE JUST TO CAMPAIGN PEACEFULLY , MORE ESPECIALLY
    UPND , THE PF WILL USE ECZ TO VITIMIZE , SO BE WISE

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  2. BA HH/UPND ARE NOT THE INDIVIDUAL AND PARTY TO VOTE FOR. THEY WILL DEFINITELY BRING ANOTHER RWANDA IN ZAMBIA. IF YOU SEE A LEADER IS NOT CONDEMNING VIOLENCE, JUST KNOW HE IS VIOLENT HIMSELF. HH/UPND IS A NO GO AREA FOR RULERSHIP IN ZAMBIA. PETER SINKAMBA IS A BETTER AND WISE OPPOSITION IN ZAMBIA. AFTER THE 12 AUGUST ELECTIONS PETER SINKAMBA WILL BE THE MOST POWERFUL OPPOSITION LEADER WITH HIS PARTY. I NEVER LIKED HIS IDEAS BEFORE. BUT, I RECENTLY BEGAN TO SEE A LOT OF SENSE IN WHATEVER HE SAYS.

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  3. Lack of leadership has led to such violence among the political youth. ECL lack of leadership in addressing violent acts his party cadres initiated from the own set when it suited him meant it was now accepted in our society. Today we cannot tell head or tail of this violence. ECL needs to go rest on 12th Aug. You have completely failed this country sir.

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  4. I doubt the capacity of the Police to fight crime under the current command. The very failure by ZP to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of political violence contributes to its escalation. Where is Pheluna and Milton Tembo?

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  5. That is uncalled for. UPND leadership must address the unruly behaviour by their members. You’re decampaigning yourselves.

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  6. Just wait one minute – the UK based troll and imposter KZ will comment and say it’s UPND bab00ns! Don’t worry KZ, your cell in Lusaka Central Prison has been reserved specially for you!

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  7. Its shallow thinking to suggest that a mere condemnation by opposition leader will end the political violence. You ought to understand what is the root cause first. Calling for Condemnation will NOT solve the problem, the same can be said about ECL, why are you not blaming him for having NOT signed the Peace Pact, such an important treaty agreed by all parties reduce the violence, can that be called LACK of leadership as well? That is EVEN More serious, because the incubent controls the resources as opposed to the opposition.
    You are so blinded that you cant tell the difference between Black and White, otherwise you would not be so selective and jumping to conclusion by blaming opposition leader. SORTOUT CADERISM, that is the root cause!

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  8. There’s actually a decided case. Being in possession of machetes in your home is no offence as no licence is required to buy them from a hardware store. What’s suspicious is to be found with a machete at a political rally. I see machetes being sold openly by street vendors and no one arrests them.

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  9. PF and violence, let us reject this.

    Let us reject all forms of dictatorship and suppression of citizens.

    We can not let a drunkard corrupt thief curtail our freedom of movement.

    Vote wisely.

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  10. A normal person will lose appetite for a state house job when it comes to his knowledge that his supporters have killed people. Maturity is about feeling for others.

  11. No corruption it is good you know that it is your fellow bab00ns who are responsible for this jungle behaviour.

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  12. I think UPND know they won’t win the election not even force a rerun in the first round so the only strategy is do so much harm to provoke the PF to retaliate so that the elections are nullified on account of escalated violence pinned on PF as a result of retaliation. It doesn’t make sense for the party thats confident of winning to engage in this level of violence and the violence doesn’t seem to aim at causing voter apathy because its working against them by descouraging those that desired to vote them on account of violence.

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  13. Change to what? From violence to more violence. Why can’t the opposition be different? It looks like UPND has a militia. These directives came from Liswaniso Gilbert and they are already bearing fruity results. I know who is clapping the loudest and enjoying the fruits up there!

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  14. You people wy are you involved on such violence, dont you know that you are loosing your lifes. Let us put everything to God because in him that’s where are lifes is. So please am begging you let us have free and fair election insted of killing each other.

  15. UPND knows its losing the elections and won’t even manage to force a rerun so the only strategy is to trigger the nullification of elections through widespread violence. The idea is to do so much harm and make PF retaliate so that violence escallates leading to nullification of elections results. How else would a party that claims to be winning elections engage in such acts of violence ? The violence isn’t aimed at creating voter apathy for the opponents since it works against the party by losing those that desired to vote for them on account of violence.

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  16. UPND knows its losing the elections and won’t even manage to force a rerun in the first round so the only strategy is do harm that will provoke the PF to retaliate so that violence is pinned on PF to nullify elections. The other known reason is to cause voter apathy on the opponents but this doesn’t appear to be the aim because it works against them by descouraging those that desire to vote for them on account of violence.

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  17. This is what moron Liswaniso is advocating for….please don’t vote for UPND….these are killers and they will bring violence to Zambia….UPND is worse than PF

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  18. #7, The President signed the peace accord through the CEO of the party so he was well represented and the speech by Davis Mwila was ECL’s speech. Some of us pointed out that the peace accord was a facade looking at the so much publicity by HH and his team and you could tell the party was up to no good and wanted to use the peace agreement to hoodwink the people that they were committed to peaceful campaigns and yet not and planned to engage in violence and blame it on PF. ECL must have known HH/UPND were not sincere as always.

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  19. If it was the other way round, the police would have still been ‘investigating.’ Alleged UPND are immediately arrested while PF are not.

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  20. Ecl and HH are not enemies they are Brothers I don’t know why cadres are fighting and killing one another, and yet we are all Zambians

  21. Why die or kill someone for HH and his wife and children to going to state house to enjoy presidential previlages or ECL remaining in state house with his wife and children to continue enjoying presidential previlages? Where have people taken their brains honestly? Even if HH was to be presidnet today, when rent is due you will have to pay yourself, pay for your transport etc whilst he is telling you PF made a lot of mistakes and we are corecting them. Before you know it its 5 years another 5 years. And what do you get yourself? Paid with your life or maimed for the rest of your life. No matter how I want a certain candidate to win, I can not injure my neighbour who wants a different candidate because when in trouble its that neighbour likely to come to my aid and not ECL or HH.

  22. It’s unfortunate that people have been killed. Over the years we have pushed for leadership, including ECL’s, to be firm and curb violence. But it was ignored because it was mostly PF involved and it seemingly helped them to rule with terror. Who has been arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned for numerous previous killings – including in December when 2 people were shot dead? Every life matters and action to prevent it’s loss should have been firmly in place a long time ago. The PF govt. should not now use this regrettable loss of life to justify their usual political crusade against the opposition in collusion with the Police. The same police that has never come up with any progress in previous incidents, including the ‘gassing’ where we lost lives.

  23. And is HH or UPND or Lungu or PF worth dying for really….poor souls just killing each other and the people advocating violence are siping expensive wine….drinking the creamest coffee…..chatting on expensive smartphones…driving latest massive SUVs….
    To all Zambians….please it’s not worth it fighting and killing each other….let’s be like Botswana or Namibia

  24. FYOTOTOTO FYOTOTO…..BECAUSE PF IS NOW AT THE RECEIVING END…..HOW I WISH IT WAS KAIZAR WHO WAS KILLED

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  25. The cause of this problem of violence is hunger. Have you seen youths who stay in good residential areas get involved. Hunger has driven cadres to violence so that they are paid K100, K200 or K300 etc.

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  26. We vote UPND on our own peril and will see the most brutal regime we have ever imagined. If they can be this ruthless while in the opposition, give them the instruments of power. Don’t gloss over what you see now and hope it will be better once they are in Govt. The devil you know is better and PF can be sanitised with constant demand by us the citizens and through a civilised opposition but UPND will be difficult to reform given their intolerant, stubborn and brutal nature.

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