Police yesterday teargased UPND cadres who gathered at Lusaka Central police station demanding the immediate release of their party vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba who was arrested on Saturday for threatening violence against President Edgar Lungu.
Three UPND cadres were arrested in the process as police moved in to calm the situation.
The UPND cadres mobilised soon after chiefs Mukuni of the Toka- Leya people of Southern Province and Munkonge of Northern Province visited Mr. Mwamba.
But after the traditional leaders left, some UPND youths remained at the station waiting for their colleagues who were mobilising at the party secretariat with the aim of besieging the station, chanting songs of solidarity with Mr. Mwamba.
As the situation became tense, police fired teargas canisters to disperse the crowd which was demanding to see Mr. Mwamba.
Police spokesperson Charity Munganga-Chanda told the Daily Nation in an interview after the fracas that the police were left with no other option but to use teargas canisters to disperse the youths because they had become unruly.
“We used teargas canisters to disperse them because the crowd had become unruly,” Ms Chanda said.
But UPND Lusaka Province youth chairperson for administration Anderson Banda said it was wrong for the police to continue intimidating the opposition by using force each time they were dealing with political parties.
Mr. Banda said there was no justification for using teargas on unarmed UPND youths who were at the police to give solidarity to their leader and vowed that no matter how the police would intimidate the UPND, the youths would continue visiting Mr. Mwamba until he was released from the cells.
“This country does not belong to the police or the PF and we challenge the police to explain to us which law they are using to teargas us when we have not been involved in any acts of violence.
We just came here to see our vice president. We came here at 12:00 hrs which is time set aside as visiting hour and so we wonder what wrong we have done to be teargased.