UPND cadres attack PF Kaniki ward council candidate

SUSPECTED United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres on Monday attacked a PF man who wants to become a councillor in Ndola’s Kaniki ward whom they beat and stoned his vehicle.

District publicity secretary Benjamin Chitondo said the candidate, whom he did not want to name, was attacked after the suspects noticed PF campaign materials in his vehicle.

He said when the complainant later reported the matter at Kanseshi police station, female officers on duty could not render assistance.

Mr Chitondo said the UPND cadres had continued to terrorize communities and cited a recent incident in Chipulukusu where they blocked roads leading to the township on Monday when the Head of State was visiting the district.

He alleged that the cadres were seen openly carrying all sorts of assorted weapons which included catapults.

He said PF had been peaceful despite the serious provocation from the opposition political party.

Meanwhile, the PF executive in Ndola has removed five of its officials from their positions, citing abrogation of party regulations.

Mr Chitondo said the decision was arrived at by the party chairperson and district officials last week and letters have since been dispatched to the affected individuals.

Mr.Chitondo said investigations had been conducted into allegations that the three officials of Bwana Mkubwa constituency had been campaigning for UPND aspiring parliamentary candidate Brian Phiri.

Mr.Chitondo named those suspended as constituency information publicity secretary Mr Mukosha Chilangushi, youth vice chairperson Mr Paul Ponde and his publicity secretary Mr Bwalya Chibukisho.

He said the named officials have since been advised to stop participating in any party activities and hand over any party materials in their possession.

Mr.Chitondo further disclosed that two more officials from Mushili ward in the same constituency had also been relieved of their positions.

He said ward chairperson Charles Chongo and his vice David Bwalya have been asked to relinquish their positions for not participating in the on-going party campaigns.

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