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 2010-04-29 05:43 pm Back to NEWS
Police hunt suspected gun-toting Pact cadres
President Banda (3rd from left) waves at MMD supporters who welcomed him at Kashima Basic School grounds before he addressed a rally.

POLICE are pursuing suspected Patriotic Front (PF)/United Party for National Development (UPND) pact cadres for allegedly brandishing unknown types of firearms and firing in the air during the on-going Milanzi parliamentary by-election campaigns.

Home Affairs Minister Lameck Mangani and police spokesperson Bonny Kapeso confirmed in separate interviews the incident which happened on Monday night.

According to Mr Mangani, the cadres fired in the air several times before they took off in an unregistered motor vehicle.

In the ensuing confusion, one of them dropped a cap with a PF symbol on it, which has given the police a lead.

Mr Mangani said in an interview in Milanzi yesterday that the incident happened around 19:00 hours.

He said police had barricaded the constituency and more officers deployed to ensure the violence did not continue.

Mr Mangani said there was no loss of life or injury but the firing caused fear among the residents.

He said firing in the air to scare innocent people was an offence under the laws of Zambia.

“We have assured the voters that nothing will happen. The whole constituency has been zoned. They are all under the district officer-in-charge who is operating as a central commander,” Mr Mangani said.

He said the Government would ensure that every citizen was protected from attackers so that they did not use insecurity as an excuse for losing the by-election.

And Mr Kapeso said the police would remain vigilant and that the suspects were being pursued.

Times of Zambia

 
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