[By Siabana Kelvin in Kasama]
THREE Patriotic Front cadres in Northern Province are nursing gunshot wounds in Mpulungu District Hospital after suspected UPND cadres shot at their vehicle, say police.
Northern Province Commissioner of Police said Richard Mweene said the other three PF cadres who were in the vehicle sustained minor injuries and were on Friday discharged from hospital.
Mweene said the six PF cadres found themselves in the fracas when conducting their own tasks in the district after being confronted by the suspected UPND cadres who were armed with a homemade shotgun.
He said the incident happened on Thursday around 21:30 hours when the suspected UPND cadres opened fire on the vehicle which was carrying the PF cadres.
Mweene said George Sichalwe of Chawama township in Lusaka, the driver of the Toyota Surf, registration BAC 6127, that carried the PF cadres sustained a wound near the neck.
He said Beatrice Changala, another PF member on the vehicle sustained a wound on her shoulder.
He said a 19-year-old Pearce Mwambazi sustained nine bullet wounds to the neck, arm, head, ear and other parts of the body.
Mweene said one person was arrested to assist police with investigations into the shootings.
And in another development, Mpulungu district commissioner Dennis Sikazwe escaped injury after his vehicle hit into logs placed in the middle of the road allegedly by UPND cadres.
Mweene said the incident happened on December 5 around 22:00 hours on Chitimbwa road where the suspected cadres had blocked the road with poles.
He said after Sikazwe’s vehicle smashed into the poles, it was extensively damaged but the district commissioner escaped unhurt.
Mweene said Sikazwe was in the right spirit and the police have impounded a Mitsubishi Canter registration number ABT 6147 which was suspected to be carrying the UPND cadres who had blocked the road with poles.
The police commissioner said that it would not take the matter lightly and whoever would be found wanting would be dealt with accordingly.
However, efforts to get a comment from UPND Northern Province chairperson Nathan Illunga proved futile as his phone was unreachable.