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 2010-04-29 05:56 pm Back to NEWS
Mufumbwe votes with its blood
The heavy presence of police and traffic officers in Mufumbwe scared most villagers from attending political rallies.Picture by Abel Mambwe

Violent clashes yesterday erupted in Mufumbwe between MMD and UPND cadres, leaving six people seriously injured.

One of the victims had his right eye damaged after being beaten by police officers who responded to the violence.

The violence was sparked by MMD cadres who earlier broke windows and deflated tyres of a minibus belonging to a UPND member.

The UPND cadres who were infuriated by the attack on their member challenged the police as to why they had not taken action against the MMD cadres who are camped right in town. They wanted to retaliate.

Police in riot gear prevented the UPND cadres from going where the MMD cadres camped.
They negotiated for about ten minutes until the UPND cadres retreated to their camp, which is about 500 metres from the MMD camp.

Just there, the MMD cadres followed the UPND at their camp and started stoning them using catapults.
The UPND cadres responded and the attacks continued for about five minutes as police in riot gear watched from a distance.

The police then ran towards the UPND camp, which was under attack by the MMD, and fired teargas to disperse the cadres.

They found one of the UPND cadres and beat him badly. He had his eye damaged. Five other people were injured during the operation and an intelligence officer who was among those beaten screamed: “I am one of you.”

The UPND cadres, including ordinary residents, were forced out of the town centre. As the police descended on the camp, the MMD retreated to their base - singing and chanting slogans.

“Boma ni boma! Boma ni boma!” they chanted as the police watched helplessly.

This violence came barely an hour and half after President Rupiah Banda assured Mufumbwe residents that there would be no more violence in the area.

President Banda said he would hold the police responsible for any fresh violence.

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