Police probe source of PF teargas
|FILE PHOTO: A soldier fires teargas
into a thick crowd of protesters when armed police and soldiers clashed with
opposition supporters protesting alleged fraud in the 2006 general
Lusaka police chief Greenwell Ng'uni
has said investigations have started to establish the source of teargas
canisters fired by Patriotic Front (PF) cadres who also stoned police officers
Drug-Enforcement Commission (DEC) offices on Thursday.
however, said the police had not arrested anybody in connection with the
incident, which occurred after DEC officers recorded a statement from PF leader
Michael Sata over the US$100,000 transaction at Finance Bank.
interview yesterday, Mr Ng'uni said police were carrying out investigations into
the matter to ascertain the truth on some PF cadres firing teargas and the
source of the teargas canisters.
"At the moment, we have not made any
arrests but we are carrying out investigations to establish the truth on the
matter," he said.
On Thursday, as Mr Sata was walking out of the DEC
gate, after close to two hours in the Commission's offices, some PF cadres
allegedly started firing teargas canisters and throwing stones into the DEC
yard, forcing the crowd outside to scamper.
This prompted riot police who
were on the scene to retaliate with teargas canisters to disperse the unruly
slogan-chanting PF cadres.
Meanwhile, the Committee of Citizens has
challenged the security wings to investigate and inform the nation the source of
teargas canisters that were used by the PF cadres at the DEC offices on
Committee of Citizens executive director Gregory Chifire said
in a statement that teargas canisters were classified among firearms and
ammunition and controlled stores.
And former PF secretary general Edward
Mumbi has advised Mr Sata to be courageous enough to face the law-enforcement
agencies on his own without allegedly hiring cadres to cause confusion and
perpetrate violence against the law enforcement agencies.
Mr Mumbi said
the hiring of cadres was a clear indication that the PF leader lacked civility
and was being a coward.
And when asked whether it was true that he was on
President Rupiah Banda's payroll as alleged by Mr Sata, Mr Mumbi said the PF
leader should produce a payslip from Mr Banda to prove the claim.
Mr Sata was always attacking President Banda in the media because he was scared
of him and had seen that he had performed well in the last two years he had been