Police Find Bombs In GBM’s House.
POLICE in Kasama have arrested 28 United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres and recovered five petrol bombs and assorted offensive weapons from the house of party’s vicepresident for administration, Geoffrey Mwamba.
The suspects have been charged with conduct likely to cause breach of peace, possession of offensive weapons, malicious damage to property and unlawful making of weapons ( petrol bombs).
Northern Province commissioner of police Bonny Kapeso told journalists here yesterday that police, in the early hours of yesterday, found UPND cadres allegedly removing President Lungu’s campaign posters.
“ This morning [ yesterday] around 05: 00 hours, we got a report that some people were tearing President Edgar Lungu’s campaign materials in the town centre and they were pasting them on the floor,” Mr Kapeso said.
He said when approached, the suspects allegedly ran to Mr Mwamba’s house while throwing stones at police officers.
Mr Kapeso said the police ordered that the suspects come out of the house but they did not heed the directive.
“ We had to teargas and force ourselves in. Four of the suspects were hiding in the bedrooms where we discovered the various offensive weapons, including petrol bombs and machetes,” Mr Kapeso said.
Other weapons found include metal bars and catapults.
He said the police are investigating the matter and more suspects may be arrested, including Mr Mwamba, who is UPND president Hakainde Hichilema’s running mate in next month’s general elections.
“ The suspects will appear in court soon,” he said.
And in a Facebook posting, Mr Mwamba said: “ It’s sad and unfortunate that my home in Kasama has been raided and teargassed… my wife, my children and grandchildren were in the house when this happened this morning.” UPND secretary- general Stephen Katuka denied there being any of the weapons in the house.
“ What they claim to have found were in fact empty bottles, as you might find in any residence,” Mr Katuka said.
Meanwhile, President Lungu yesterday disclosed that suspected UPND cadres allegedly attacked the PF office in Mulobezi and destroyed campaign materials.
Speaking at Kasama Airport shortly before departure for Kawambwa yesterday, Mr Lungu said: “ They should know that there is no longer such a thing as a stronghold and that is why they want to disrupt the electoral process because they know that they have lost,” President Lungu said.
And S TEVEN MVULA reports that some opposition political parties have condemned the UPND for allowing its cadres found at Mr Mwamba’s residence to possess offensive weapons.
They have called for the arrest of Mr Mwamba following the incident.
Forum for Democracy and Development ( FDD) president Edith Nawakwi said from the Copperbelt that those found with offensive weapons should be arrested.
“ Let the police arrest them and send them to Mukobeko [ prison]. I have said it before that these people are violent.
And this explains their arrogance and disregard for the law. They have been preparing for war,” Ms Nawakwi said during a campaign meeting.
Ms Nawakwi said it is actually ‘ good’ that the UPND is arming itself because people now prefer a woman who is not violent.
“ The more they gather weapons, the better chances for me. I am here campaigning in Lubuto peacefully,” she said.
Ms Nawakwi wondered why the UPND now wants her out of the presidential race by accusing her of partnering with the PF. “ These other political parties bus in people but for me I follow them in Chipulukusu and everywhere. So now elimination bout has come and they are freaking out,” Ms Nawakwi said.
Zambia Republican president Wright Musoma called for the arrest of all those fanning confusion.
“ Not so long ago, the nation was told of the illegal drilling and people thought it was mere political persecution. Police must move in,” Mr Musoma said.
Mr Musoma said recently political parties met and signed a peace accord but the UPND rejected it signalling that they are not interested in peace.
Mr Musoma said the Zambia Police is unmatched in Africa and commended Inspector General Kakoma Kanganja for being professional.
Zambians for Empowerment and Development ( ZED) president Frederick Mutesa said police must get to the bottom of the matter and arrest the culprits.
“ We are a nation governed by laws and so we must not allow lawlessness. This is a matter of great concern because we all want peace,” Dr Mutesa said.
He urged his fellow politicians to be civil in their language to prevent animosity that could lead to violence.