By Nation Reporter
POLICE on the Copperbelt last night cornered UPND vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) whom they were looking for but he eluded them at a road block, disappeared and is allegedly on the run.
Mr Mwamba is wanted by the police for allegedly assaulting two traders at Chisokone market in Kitwe following a fracas after attempts by the opposition party to hold a rally there flopped.
Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga confirmed to the Daily Nation that Mr Mwamba and his entourage were intercepted at a road block last night after a massive police manhunt but in the confusion at the check point, GBM slipped away and has not been seen.
‘‘As I speak we had intercepted the entire (UPND) group at a police check point; as our officers were trying to advise Mr Mwamba to go to the police station, all of a sudden he could not be seen any more. He disappeared. His cadres were so many,’’ the police chief said.
“We will apprehend him, we can’t allow such lawlessness. We cannot have a situation where law is broken,” the commissioner said.
Mrs Katanga said two dockets have since been opened against GBM for allegedly assaulting Moses Katongo, who sustained a deep cut on his lip, and Francis Musonda, 31, of house no. 284, Kwacha township, who was slapped and sustained neck pains.
She said the third docket was for conduct likely to cause breach of peace by Mr Mwamba and his entourage.
“One marketeer’s shop was damaged while another’s shop was looted but when they complained GBM paid them off,” Mr Katanga said.
She added that GBM and his group had gone to the market using Toyota Spacio cars but that when the trouble started they called for their transport and sped away.
Ms Katanga said in an interview in Ndola yesterday that the conduct of the UPND vice-president for administration was likely to cause the breach of peace.
Earlier, Ms Katanga told the Daily Nation: “I can confirm that there was a fracas at Chisokone market when GBM went there to hold a meeting and one person was assaulted.
“I can also tell you that the police are looking for the same GBM because his conduct was likely to cause the breach of peace. He has always been causing confusion in the manner he has been conducting his campaigns,” Ms Katanga said.
And angry marketeers at Chisokone market yesterday damaged one of the vehicles used by GBM and his cadres when he attempted to hold a rally at the market.
Mr Mwamba, who was in a group of UPND cadres, reportedly received a rude shock when marketeers and traders told them not to turn the market into a political battlefield.
In the ensuing confusion, GBM allegedly assaulted one of the marketeers, forcing others to start throwing all sorts of objects at the vehicles which GBM and UPND cadres were driving.
Realising that the situation had degenerated into a fracas, GBM and his group left the market.
Mr Mwamba could not be immediately reached for a comment as he was reported to be addressing a rally in Chililabombwe.
And National Traders and Marketeers Association of Zambia president Goodson Mofya said UPND would always find resistance in markets if they continued with the same trend of harassing marketers and innocent Zambians.