3 people arrested for violence in Limulunga

By Staff Reporter

Police in Western Province have arrested three people in connection with the violence that characterized local government by-elections in Limulunga over the weekend.

Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said those arrested were Nyambe Matakala who is UPND district youth chairman, John Chinga and Aaron Muyambango.

He said the three who have been jointly charged were facing two counts of assault and two counts of malicious damage to property.

“They are currently detained in police custody and will appear in court soon. As police, we wish to reiterate our position that we are not going to allow any lawlessness in this country because this is a country of laws and all those that will choose to step outside what the law provides, will have themselves to blame,” said Katongo.

Meanwhile, Katongo said the police cancelled a UPND rally that was scheduled to take place on Tuesday at Nkenyauma in Kasempa District of North Western Province due to violence perpetrated by the campaign team of the opposition party.

“The UPND campaign team is reported to have gone to Chief Kasempa’s Palace to pay a courtesy call on the chief but upon hearing that the area District Commissioner was at the palace, they forced open the gate to the palace, forced themselves inside and started beating those they found whom they had suspected to be Patriotic Front cadres and forced them to leave,” she said.

She added that the police had since opened dockets of assault.

“The Public Order Act is very clear when it comes to holding of political activities, rallies and meetings inclusive. All those that would want to ignore the provisions of the law will at no point be tolerated but dealt with sternly according to the provisions of the law. Palaces are respected areas therefore the action by the UPND campaign team was disrespectful, uncalled for and leaves much to he desired,” she said.