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