PF suspends L/ston MP, Evans


PATRIOTIC Front (PF) cadres in Livingstone on yesterday clashed and left the constituency chairman Chrispin Sakala injured following the suspension of Livingstone MP Evans Lawrence from the party.

The cadres clashed at the premises of Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation where Mr. Sakala and his team went to issue a statement over the suspension of Mr  Evans.

Both the police and PF district chairman Geoffrey Kampamba confirmed the development to the Sunday Nation in Livingstone yesterday.

He explained that Mr. Sakala was severely beaten when he went to ZNBC to issue the statement suspending Mr Evans and that his attackers were known PF youths supporting the Livingstone parliamentarian.

Mr. Kampamba explained that as Mr. Sakala was try to prepare himself to appear on TV,a group of youths stormed the premises and beat up Mr. Sakala while those who escorted him fled the scene.

He said that the youths were organized and hired by the aggrieved officials who felt the suspension of Mr Evans was not sanctioned by the leadership in the region.

Mr. Kampamba said that Mr. Sakala knew his attackers adding that the matter had since been reported to the Livingstone central police.

He explained that Mr. Sakala was taken to the hospital soon after he was attacked and that the people who assaulted him were drunk.

And police officers who were on duty confirmed having received a report of an assault case involving PF cadres.

The officers said that the matter was reported to police by some senior PF officials.

On Friday, just upon the arrival of President Lungu at the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport, Mr Evans, the only PF parliamentarian in Southern Province was handed his suspension in front of Justice minister Ngosa Simbyakula, Southern Province minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu and other senior government officials.

And efforts to get a comment from Evans proved futile by press time as he was busy with presidential programme

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