POLICE in Southern Province have arrested more than 200 suspected UPND cadres for alleged riotous behaviour in which public and private property has been destroyed following the re-election of President Edgar Lungu in the just-ended general elections.
Southern Province Police Commissioner Goldwin Phiri told the Daily Nation that although all the districts in the province were as of yesterday reported quiet, many UPND cadres had been arrested while others had been convicted for riotous behaviour.
Mr Phiri said he has since deployed police officers in Namwala district who are currently conducting operations in the district.
“So far the position over the political violent cases is as follows: (1). Monze – 31 appeared (in court) for riotous behaviour and 13 are appearing today; (2). Choma – 51 were charged for conduct, three are appearing today for malicious damage to property and two for arson,” Mr Phiri said.
He said in Namwala 43 people appeared for riotous behaviour, two for arson and one for malicious damage.
Mr Phiri said in Mazabuka 104 cadres were charged for conduct, five for assault, six for assault on police, nine for malicious damage and six for arson.
He said in Mazabuka, a 24-year-old man was jailed for two years for assault on a police officer.
Mr Phiri said that in Choma, seven UPND cadres who assaulted two PF cadres in Zambia compound in February this year were convicted.
Mr Phiri identified the cadres as Kizito Siamani, 35, Marcus Ng’andu, 26, Said Mwale, 24, and Steve Kalonga, 23.
Others are Job Munsaka, 23, Jonathan Mwanza, 27, and Phinias Simauli, 49.
The cadres assaulted two PF supporters of the same compound, namely Jane Phiri and Said Malunga.
Mr Phiri said each had been sentenced to two concurrent sentences of 24 months imprisonment with hard labour.
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