SOME of the vigilante UPND members participated in the riots which led to the closure of the University of Zambia (UNZA), whistle-blower Ephraim Shakafuswa has revealed.
He said some secret wing members distributed tyres which were burnt on the Great East Road.
Mr Shakafuswa said among the tactics that the UPND youth vigilante group was involved in especially in Lusaka included the division of attention among police officers by causing problems in different places at the same time so that it appeared as though there was lawlessness in the country.
“There are a lot of schemes planned by this group including creating chaotic scenes in various places at the same time on purpose so that police are seen to be doing nothing to preserve peace. For example, if Hakainde Hichilema has been summoned at Woodlands police, other youths will go to a different location and cause violence so that police cannot work in a coordinated way.
“Even when riots broke out at UNZA, tyres were ferried there by some members of the vigilante group to fuel the confusion. Actually, some of the tyres that were burnt on the Great East Road came from the UPND.
Their main aim was to create lawlessness so that people can rebel against Government,” he said.
Mr. Shakafuswa told the Daily Nation that although his life was in danger as more and more unknown callers had continued to issue threats and other unprintables on him, saying they would not rest until they sorted him out, he would soldier on.
Mr Shakafuswa said he would not be intimidated by anyone in his quest to ensure that the truth came out because he knew what he was talking about, adding that their threats had only strengthened his resolve to expose the UPND even more.
“Even at the farm where I am, I have been receiving more threats from people I don’t even know, saying they will deal with me. My life is still in danger, but I will not relent in exposing them and that is why the first thing tomorrow (today) I will be in town so that I can go to the police to push for this thing (the search at Mushipe’s office),” Mr. Shakafuswa said.
Meanwhile, a spot check at the premises of UPND lawyer Martha Mushipe by the Daily Nation around 18:00 yesterday found police officers and cadres still manning the office.
The cadres vowed they would never leave the premises or allow any police officer to enter the office unless they had proper documentation from the courts.
There is a standoff between police and Ms Mushipe over effecting a search warrant to verify allegations of a covert vigilante in the UPND.
For two days and nights police have kept vigil at Ms Mushipe’s office hoping to serve her with a search warrant, but without any luck as the Lusaka lawyer has kept away from the office in Lusaka’s Millennium Village.
The only people that the police are interacting with are UPND cadres who have equally been camping for the last two nights and two days to prevent entry of strangers into Ms Mushipe law firm.
Police are allegedly looking for evidence following revelations that a list of youths that were trained by the party to cause violence with a view to make the country ungovernable could be in Ms Mushipe’s office.
Ms Mushipe has denied any of the allegations.