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IG orders arrest of Chilanga violence perpetrators

INSPECTOR General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has called for the identification and arrest of all political cadres involved in the violence, which happened in Chimanja ward of Kalundu area in Chilanga Constituency on Sunday.

On Sunday PF cadres attacked UPND candidate Charmaine Musonda and her supporters, injuring one and damaging her campaign vehicle.

However, the PF distanced itself from the violence, which it blamed on a statement UPND vice-president Geoffrey Mwamba issued to the effect that PF violence would be met with violence.

In a statement issued by Zambia Police public relations officer Esther Mwaata Katongo, Kanganja said all those that would be found to be responsible for perpetrating violence would be dealt with accordingly regardless of their political affiliation.

He further directed officers in the campaign zones to intensify foot and motorised patrols during day and night.

“The violence which occurred today (Sunday) is reported to have happened when supporters of the UPND were passing near the camp of the Patriotic Front, which ultimately resulted into cadres from both political parties throwing stones at each other. Medical reports have been issued to the injured both from the Patriotic Front and the UPND,” Kanganja said.

Kanganja also called on all political parties to submit campaign schedules for planning purposes to avoid clashes between cadres of opposing political groupings.

“We therefore reiterate our earlier call for all political parties taking part in the Chilanga by-election to submit their campaign schedules to police as soon as possible so as to avoid such occurrences,” said Kanganja.

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