Wounded UPND cadre arrested

POLICE in Sesheke have arrested UPND cadre Mushaukwa Mushaukwa and charged him with threatening violence, Western Province Commissioner Standwell Lungu has confirmed.

Mr Lungu said Mushaukwa was picked up from Livingstone General Hospital yesterday morning and taken to Sesheke police station where he was charged with the offence.

He said Mushaukwa, who was released on police bond, will appear in court on Monday.

Earlier UPND had accused the police of having kidnapped Mushaukwa in Livingstone and taken him to  an unknown place.

And FODEP executive director McDonald Chipenzi said  it was  absurd for Zambians to be bragging that they were a beacon of peace and democracy in Africa when the country’s democracy was in jeopardy owing to immature politicians who were taking the peace  for granted by resorting to violence.

Reacting to the Mulobezi violence involving opposition UPND and the ruling PF where one person was shot,  Mr  Chipenzi said politics of violence should never be entertained in Zambia if the country was to maintain its image as a beacon of peace on the continent.

Mr. Chipenzi said the developments in Mulobezi ahead of the June 20 parliamentary elections were worrying as the two political parties’ conduct had the potential to fuel a volatile situation in  Western Province.

He appealed to all political parties to put their selfish interests aside and safe-guard human life because politics of violence could land the nation into a serious crisis that could not be reversed once started.

He said violence had no room in politics as the Electoral Commission of Zambia had made it easier for the aggrieved parties to seek audience with the commission through its complaints management committee where differences could have been ironed out without resolving to violence.

Meanwhile, Mr. Chipenzi has accused the police of playing double standards in the way it had handled the Mulobezi violence.

He said all those who were involved in the fracas should have been arrested and charged according to what the offence they had committed rather than arresting one group. Last Saturday, ruling PF secretary-general Davies Chama was allegedly attacked by UPND cadres in Mulobezi where he had gone to drum up support for the PF candidate Patricia Mulasikwanda.

It is alleged that UPND cadres descended on the PF convoy and that in the ensuing fight, Mr. Chama’s driver shot a UPND supporter.

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