SUSPECTED PF cadres have beaten Ngebe ward councillor Fabian Siwale who they have accused of not revealing the identity of the NDC candidate in Roan Constituency.
Siwale is a PF councillor in Roan Constituency and a close ally of former member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili.
The PF cadres believe that Siwale, being close to Kambwili, knew who the NDC candidate in the forthcoming by-election was but did not tell the party structures.
During a party meeting at Mpatamato Secondary School in Luanshya on Saturday, the PF cadres pounced on Siwale and assaulted him.
Siwale has has since reported the matter to the police.
“My fellow party cadres beat me up. I was attacked and beaten because the cadres say I did not reveal the name of NDC adopted candidate for Roan whom they thought is a threat. What they did was wrong and those allegations are wrong. How can I know a candidate from a party I don’t belong to? I have reported to the police and a medical report was issued to me,” said Siwale.
According to the police report, Siwale suffered rib injuries.
“Painful neck, left ribs and general body pains. Slaps and kicks were used to inflict the said injuries and pain,” reads the report.
NDC has fielded Joseph Chishala in Roan.
Chishala says the ruling PF was not a factor in Roan and that winning the seat was already a done deal.
“PF is not a factor in Roan, this is a turn around, this is a movement for change come 2021 even as I speak they are aware that it’s a movement of change. They should expect me in Parliament; expect a voice like my predecessor, a proactive voice,” Chishala said, an engineer by profession. “This win, come that voting day, will be an eye opener to PF. Actually, I have come with unbearable heat which they will also see in 2021.Whether they like it or not, they have to pack and go in 2021…. I believe in Ubuntu [humanity], about the people I will be leading.”
Chishala, 39, has lived in Luanshya for over 30 years. The NDC has appointed its Central Committee member Menyani Zulu as the campaign manager together with Elisha Matambo, the UPND Copperbelt provincial chairman.