FISTS of fury erupted among UPND members in Siavonga at Nabutezi Community School on Saturday, after disagreements over the mode of adopting a candidate to contest the parliamentary seat in the August 11 general elections.
UPND Member of Parliament for Siavonga, Kennedy Hamudulu, is facing eight challengers for adoption on the opposition political party ticket in the August 11 general elections.
The UPND members disagreed on whether the adoption process should be by acclamation or the ballot.
Insults and finger-pointing ensued before UPND cadres started exchanging blows which led to the cancellation of the meeting.
After the party cadres were calmed down, they turned on the Daily Nation correspondent, Oliver Samboko, and other reporters who had gone to cover the adoption process.
The seemingly drunk and violent UPND cadres ordered that all reporters especially those from the Daily Nation should not have been allowed at the meeting.
The unruly cadres later forcibly dragged the reporters away from where the meeting was taking place in full view of some senior district party officials.
This was after the cadres and their leadership realised that the reporters were photographing the fight that had erupted between two rival camps, forcing members to scamper to safety.
The cadres, who poured unprintables on the journalists, warned that stern action would be taken should they see any story in the media concerning the incident as they would hunt down and inflict pain on the reporters.
The case has been reported to Siavonga police who have since launched an investigation into the matter.
Mr Hamudulu’s popularity, whose term as Member of Parliament comes to an end in May, appears to have gone down. It is purported that he has lost touch with the grassroots who have accused him of neglecting the constituency from the time he was elected as Member of Parliament.
The electorates also alleged that the Member of Parliament did not visit his constituency to appreciate the problems the people of Siavonga were facing. He only appeared during the elections, a development which they say had resulted in the constituency to lag behind in development.
Among the candidates vying for the Siavonga seat on the UPND ticket are Kariba ward councillor, Darius Mulunda, former Local Government and Housing permanent secretary, Timothy Hakuwu and six others.