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 2010-11-29 01:50 am Back to NEWS
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 elections.

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 at the Drug-Enforcement Commission (DEC) offices on Thursday.

Mr Ng'uni, 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.

In an 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 Thursday.

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.

He said 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 Republican president.



 
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