POLICE in Luwingu district have arrested six opposition UPND cadres for allegedly assaulting district commissioner Patrick Chanda.
And UPND candidate in the Lubansenshi parliamentary by-election Patrick Mucheleka has allegedly gone into hiding.
Mr Mucheleka is being sought by Police for allegedly inciting UPND cadres who beat up Mr Chanda.
Police spokesperson Charity Munganga Chanda confirmed the development to Daily Nation in a statement yesterday.
Ms Chanda said police in Luwingu had also arrested a man for unlawful possession of four National Registration Cards and voters cards.
She identified the suspect as Daniel Bwalya aged 46 of Tolopo village in Luwingu.
“The incident happened on September 6, 2015 between 20:00 and 21:00 hours,” Ms Chanda said.
She said the incident in which the six UPND cadres were apprehended happened on September 5, 2015 in Luena area.
Ms Chanda said both UPND cadres and Mr Bwalya appeared in court yesterday, adding that trial had been set for September, 10 and 15, 2015 respectively.
And FODEP Executive Director MacDonald Chipenzi said reports from FODEP monitors in Lubansenshi indicated that Police raided and tear-gassed Luena Parish in Lubansenshi in search of Mr Mucheleka.
Mr Chipenzi said FODEP was in receipt of an electoral report in Lubansenshi Constituency Luwingu District Commission had allegedly engaged himself in electoral campaigns.
He said the police should restrain themselves from raiding places of worship as it was against international practice to raid such places as they were considered sacred.
Mr Chipenzi said the police should immediately stop pursuing Mr. Mucheleka before they were blamed for aiding other candidates to rob him of electoral victory.
He called on the police to also arrest the district commission who was allegedly engaging in active political campaigns.
Mr Chipenzi said the district commission disregarded the Presidential and vice-presidential direction instructing civil servants including DCs not to engage in partisan politics.