Another PF cadre killed

A PATRIOTIC Front (PF) official has been killed and another injured by masked men in an attack believed to be political in Chipulukusu township in Ndola.

And suspected UPND cadres on Tuesday severely beat up Chavuma Independent parliamentary candidate Grace Njapau.

Meanwhile, suspected UPND cadres on Wednesday attacked and assaulted Kalomo Central Independent parliamentary candidate Smart Muwele soon after the Newsmakers’ Forum organised by the Catholic Church in the area.

Police Copperbelt Commissioner Charity Katanga has confirmed the death of the man in a telephone interview and identified the deceased as a Mr Chris Mwale, a bricklayer.

Ms. Katanga said Mr. Mwale, aged 37 of house number 0773 Chipulukusu was murdered by unknown people in the early hours of yesterday.

She said the deceased had gone to rescue a neighbour, Shadrick Mwenya aged 32, who is a resident in the same area.

She said the deceased sustained injuries in the head and that his body was in the Ndola Central Hospital mortuary while the injured man was admitted at the same hospital.

Ms. Katanga said Laban Chibuye, a former Chipulukusu councillor, reported the case to the police.

But Ndola Patriotic Front (PF) office has identified Mr Mwale as its publicity secretary for Buyantashi ward while the injured has been identified as Shadrick Mwenya, who is also a PF member.

PF district treasurer Benjamin Chitondo confirmed in an interview that the injured person had since been moved from Ndola Central Hospital to an unknown safe location after he was attended to by the medical team.

And in Chavuma, Ms. Njapau, who is also Zambia Isreal Initiative board chairperson, sustained injuries on the face, arm and leg after she was allegedly beaten by suspected UPND cadres.

According to her, she was on her campaign trail in the area when the cadres pounced on her and savagely beat her before scampering away.

She told the Daily Nation in an interview that the perpetrators were believed to have been led by UPND aspiring candidate for the same constituency Victor Lumayi.

“I am not too sure if he was even called by the police when the report was made and evidence clearly presented to the police in Chavuma,” Ms Japau said. But when contacted for a comment, North-Western Province Police Commissioner Charles Lungu said he was not aware of the incident.

Meanwhile, in Kalomo, Mr. Muwele told the Daily Nation that soon after the debate organised by the Catholic Church, the UPND cadres descended on him, leaving him injured and smashed the windscreens of one of the vehicles packed at the premises.

He explained that the ordeal happened in the presence of UPND candidate Harry Kamboni who did not do anything to stop the assault as his cadres went on rampage.

Mr Muwele claimed the cadres were incensed after the UPND candidate allegedly failed to provide convincing answers to questions he was asked and they vented their anger on him and his entourage.

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