KITWE district commissioner Chanda Kabwe has been threatened with expulsion from the Copperbelt should the Constitutional Court nullify President Edgar Lungu’s re-election and install UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to the presidency.
The UPND in Kitwe has warned that Mr Kabwe would have to find another place as he would be in the region at his own risk should the opposition party inadvertently form government.
The UPND cadres led by losing Nkana Constituency parliamentary candidate Divo Katete said Mr Kabwe would have to find where to go when the UPND forms government.
Mr Katete claimed that the country would be divided if the Constitutional Court was going to uphold the decision of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) that declared President Edgar Lungu winner of the just-ended general elections.
The cadres, who could not state what offence Mr Kabwe had committed, only said should the UPND form government after the Constitutional Court ruling over the petition, Mr Kabwe should find where to go. The UPND has been confident that the Constitutional court will rule in its favour on its petition over the results of the August 11 elections.
The cadres said this at the Kitwe Magistrate’s court when they went to give solidarity to eight of their colleagues who were arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated robbery following an incident where they allegedly attacked two electoral officers and robbed them of various properties amounting to K11.000.00.
The angry UPND cadres showered unprintable on police officers and judicial workers when their colleagues were being led to the truck to take them to Kamfinsa State Prison.
“You want to play games, you are ill-treating innocent people, but you are failing to arrest people who are stealing. You are just watching them. We will share this country if you want to be ill-treating innocent people who have not committed any offence,” said the UPND cadres.
The eight, among them UPND Copperbelt provincial chairman Elisha Matambo and losing Chimwemwe parliamentary candidate Ronald Manenga, appeared before Kitwe Magistrate court for mention where they were charged with two counts of aggravated robbery contrary to section 294 (1) of the Penal Code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
This is a case where the eight UPND cadres are alleged to have assaulted some Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) officials before robbing them of various property amounting to K11, 571.00.
Those who have been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery are Abel Musichili aged 45years of 245B in Kasompe Township in Chingola, Linos Mwila aged 42years, a businessman of C203 Wusakile township in Kitwe, Stewart Kapobe, Elisha Matambo, 46, losing UPND chimwemwe parliamentary candidate Ronald Manenga.
Others are Warren Nyama, aged 44, a businessman of New Mushili in Ndola, Teddy Kakwanda aged 38, a businessman of Chibolya Street in Twibuskishe Township and Matimba Kabole
On August 9, 2016 during a meeting at Moba Hotel in Kitwe, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema also told his supporters that even if President Lungu was re-elected President in the August 11 election, his election would be nullified by the Constitutional Court.