A police officer in Monze was on Thursday injured after UPND cadres attacked PF supporters who were traveling to Choma from Lusaka for party president Edgar Lungu campaign rally.
According to Monze police, UPND cadres waylaid their PF counterparts near a place called Kayuni but tip off from members of the public to the police averted any confrontation.
Acting police spokesperson Esther Mwata Katongo has confirmed the incident.
“I can confirm that some UPND cadres received information from their colleagues in Mazabuka that PF cadres were going to Monze and that is how UPND cadres in Monze mobilized.
‘‘But police were tipped by members of the public and they prevented the unthinkable from happening,” said Ms. Katongo.
She explained that a police officer was injured in the process after a UPND cadre threw a stone at the bus carrying PF cadres but it bounced and hit an officer in the escort vehicle.
Ms. Katongo warned UPND and other political party leaders to stop issuing alarming statements to avoid creating anarchy in the nation, adding that police would start arresting such people.
The PF cadres, clad in their party regalia and chanting the party slogan, were almost attacked by UPND cadres in Monze’s business-centre forcing many businesses to close as shoppers scampered.
Police in riot gear fired teargas canisters to disperse the cadres.
Some UPND cadres who got injured in the fracas later claimed that police used live bullets to disperse them.
PF district chairman Mackenzie Lungu who witnessed the incident said had the police delayed, there could have been bloodshed in the district.
“Some of our members were passing through town and some UPND cadres started throwing stones at them and had it not been for quick action by police, we could have witnessed bloodshed but police intervened and there were no injuries,” said Mr. Lungu.
And police in riot gear on Thursday night thwarted University of Zambia students who wanted to block Acting President Dr. Guy Scott.
Mr Katongo said students had mobilized around 20 hours to block Dr. Scott but were dispersed.
Students talked to said they wanted Dr. Scott to explain why Government had delayed to pay them bursary allowance.