Patriotic Front (PF) Southern Province Political Secretary Brian Hapunda has dismissed media reports that he fired gun shots at a nightclub in Livingstone at the weekend.
However, Southern Province Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga confirmed the incident saying the outspoken PF Provincial Political Secretary was involved in the shooting incident.
Mr Hapunda said contrary to the claims, he was in Choma over the weekend to meet party officials in readiness for President Michael Sata’s visit to the Provincial Capital and chief Chikanta’s area on Wednesday this week.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Hapunda said this in a telephone interview in Livingstone, today.
He said that he was a responsible married man who had no time of patronizing night clubs.
He claimed that the allegations published on some on line media yesterday could have come from some United Party for National Development (UPND) officials who were always bent on tarnishing his good
Mr. Hapunda said that the PF is aware that UPND has not fully recovered from their recent loss of the Livingstone Parliamentary Seat to PF and hence they are coming up with all sorts of accusations to
tarnish his image.
According to a named online news paper, Mr. Hapunda is alleged to have fired gun-shots at Eastpoint Night club for no apparent reasons in the tourist capital.
And when contacted for a comment today, Mrs Katanga said the police received a complaint on Saturday from a Livingstone resident Richard Sakala over the firing of gun shots at East point Discotheque.
Ms. Katanga said following the complaint by Mr. Sakala, police were investigating the matter before questioning Mr. Hapunda over the matter.
And according to an eyewitness , scores of Livingstone locals and taxi drivers witnessed the act and that what was sad to note that a public figure like Mr Hapunda could be involved in the shooting incident in full view of night revelers at the famous night club.
And United Party for National Development in Livingstone has advised the Zambia police service to quickly arrest Mr. Hapunda for being a security risk of the country.
Livingstone district spokesperson Mr Neto Halwabala said the police should not treat Hapunda as though he is a political hero.
He said the police are being unfair to themselves and the Zambian people at large for failing to arrest Hapunda for firing a gun shot at a night club.
Mr. Halwabala further said that it was wrong for Hapunda to drag the UPND into his misdeeds.
He said Hapunda had become unfashionable in the PF as the ruling party had now realized that he is a risk to the growth of the PF.
This comes in the wake of reports that quoted in social media alleging that Mr. Hapunda fired gun shots at named night club.