UPND’s allegation that its cadres were beaten by PF cadres during the Nc’wala ceremony in full view of the police is shocking, says Eastern Province Police Commissioner Alex Chilufya.
Addressing the media on Sunday at the UPND secretariat, party chairperson for information and publicity Charles Kakoma said UPND cadres were brutalised by PF cadres during the Nc’wala ceremony in the full view of the police.
Mr. Chilufya said it was wrong for the UPND to politicise the work of the police service by scandalising them and tarnishing their image through wild allegations that were not a reflection of what transpired during the ceremony.
He said the event was not a political grouping but a respected public event where people’s conduct was with utmost respect for the traditional leader adding that there was no way cadres could clash at such a highly organised event where security was tight.
Mr. Chilufya wondered how the media could have missed reports on such barbaric behaviour as portrayed by Mr. Kakoma when attendance to the public was open as no one was restricted.
He challenged Mr. Kakoma to substantiate his claims with facts that their cadres were attacked rather than issuing statements that were aimed at tarnishing the image of the police of being partisan in their execution of duty.
Mr. Chilufya said Mr. Kakoma’s statement was misleading and a total misrepresentation of facts as the police in the area never reported any incident of violence at the Nc’wala ceremony this year.
He said the event was a well-organised ceremony where peace and security was observed.
“It is shocking to hear the UPND claiming that their cadres were attacked by the PF cadres and that we were watching without arresting the situation.
You see, these are just political statements full of lies as this year’s ceremony was one of the well-organised events where no incidence of violence was recorded and such a statement is unfortunate; it is politics as usual.
“If it is true that such a thing happened, where were the media? How come it was not captured? The Nc’wala is a public event where all people are allowed to attend.
It was not a political event and there was no way the police would allow unruly behaviour at such a respected event whether from the PF or the UPND.
This is just a fabricated story as no such thing happened,” Mr. Chilufya said. On Sunday, Mr. Kakoma accused the police of playing double standards in curbing political violence as it was giving a blind eye to the PF cadres engaging in unruly behaviour.
Mr. Kakoma claimed that UPND cadres were beaten by PF members during this year’s Nc’wala ceremony in full view of the police who did not do anything to control the situation.