POLICE have apprehended three suspected UPND cadres who were using Kasama Central member of Parliament Geoffrey Mwamba’s vehicle to transport pangas and other offensive weapons.
But Mr Mwamba says he is not aware that his vehicle carried any items other than campaign materials.
Mr Mwamba’s vehicle was impounded by Kasama Police officers after it was discovered that some known people were ferrying pangas.
Northern Province police commissioner Charity Katanga confirmed the trio was detained at Kasama Central police station saying they were expected to appear in court soon.
A Toyota Hilux registration number SIB 3 and branded with UPND colours was being used to ferry the material.
Mr Mwamba said on his Facebook page that he was not aware of any items carried on his vehicle apart from campaign materials that included Chitenge materials, posters, T shirts and flyers.
He said this from Kasama yesterday after joining his colleagues on the UPND campaign team comprising former first lady Maureen Mwanawasa, former deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Mutale Nalumango and Lunte member of Parliament Felix Mutati.
Mr Mwamba said they had very successful meetings in Chipoka area of Nakonde and a mammoth rally in Mpulungu and that the tide was definitely ‘‘Forward with HH.’’
“We are continuing to engage the people of Northern, Luapula and Muchinga provinces and then the Copperbelt.
“The country knows that it is their intention to spin this matter to divert attention from the violent credentials of the Patriotic Front, particularly, with what happened in Shiwang’andu and Levy Mwanawasa Hospital,” he said.