POLICE in Lusaka have apprehended a suspected Patriotic Front (PF) cadre to help with the arrest of the group which allegedly attacked UPND members in Kanyama on Tuesday, Lusaka Province Police Commissioner Nelson Phiri has said.
Rival cadres believed to belong to the PF and UPND on Tuesday clashed at Total filling station in Kanyama and later extended their fight to Lady Diana Education Centre while lessons were in session, forcing pupils to scamper. Mr. Phiri identified the suspect as Kufekisa Sikota, 22.
“We have arrested one suspected PF cadre Kufekisa Sikota in connection with the violence experienced in Lusaka’s Kanyama compound. We believe that the suspect will lead us to the others that perpetuated that crime and I can assure the nation that we will capture everyone who was involved,” Mr. Phiri said.
He warned that police would not tolerate lawlessness in the province as the country headed to the polls.
Mr Phiri urged Zambians to trust the police and that they would be fair in dealing with political crime.
He said police would not spare anyone who engaged in political violence regardless of political affiliation.
“We have been arresting culprits of political violence and we will not spare anyone engaging in violence regardless of political affiliation. We will arrest whoever is going to involve himself or herself in violence; let people not doubt us, they should watch the space,” he said.
Mr. Phiri reiterated that the police had not gone to slumber but were working tirelessly to ensure that political violence was prevented.
He called on Zambians to co-exist, stating that Zambia was a democracy and that everyone was free to belong to any political party.
“People should always remember that Zambia is a democracy and that everyone is free to belong to a political party of their choice. There is need for Zambians to work together,” he said.