PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has directed Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja to bring to book UPND cadres who beat up Patriotic Front (PF) members in Bweengwa constituency on Saturday.
Some UPND cadres on Saturday abducted government officers, including a ZANIS crew, whom they held hostage in Bweengwa area of Monze district after they blocked the road from Bweengwa Primary School to Monze using poles and stones.
President Lungu said Mr Kanganja to ensure there was peace in the country.
Addressing scores of Itezhi Tezhi residents at Itezhi Tezhi primary school ground in the afternoon yesterday, President Lungu challenged UPND leader Mr Hakainde Hichilema to quit politics because the violence which his party had continued exhibiting was a clear demonstration that he was fed up of losing elections.
“ Mr Kakoma Kanganja where are you, where are your police officers? I am asking because our people were beaten yesterday. We had a successful meeting in Bweengwa but UPND beat our people and destroyed property including cars belong to Monze district commissioner and the police,” President Lungu said during a rally in Itezhi Tezhi.
President Lungu said the Inspector General of Police should get to the bottom of what led to the violence and ensure that there was peace in Southern Province.
The Head of State warned that there would be war in the country if his cadres reacted to UPND violence.
“If my cadres decides to react there will be war in this country.I know it is very frustrating to be losing all the elections but he (HH) should give up instead of allowing his cadres to be beating up innocent people and destroying cars,” he said.
The Head of State said the reason why PF had been winning elections was because the party had been walking the talk by bringing development to all corners of the nation.
Some UPND cadres on Saturday abducted government officers, including a ZANIS crew, that they held hostage in Bweengwa area.
This was after the UPND cadres stoned passing vehicles, members of the public and police officers.
The Government officers were captured and held hostage soon after President Edgar Lungu left Bweengwa where he addressed a public rally.
Southern Province Commissioner of Police Godwin Phiri confirmed this in Choma yesterday
Mr. Phiri however said the rescue operation was conducted on Saturday night between 21:00 hours and 22:00 hours.
And Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has said the violence left three motor vehicles belonging to the police, Ministry of Social Welfare and that for the district commissioner damaged and two reserve police officers injured.
He said the suspected UPND cadres who were hiding in maize fields ambushed some Namwala residents who were returning from the rally that was addressed by President Edgar Lungu between 18:30 and 19:00 hours.
Mr Kanganja condemned the action of the cadres and said investigations have since been instituted and those involved shall be arrested and taken to court.
“We have time and again appealed to all political parties, particularly the UPND to restrain their cadres from being involved in violence, a request that has not been adhered to’’ he said.