—Police in Kaoma district of Western have launched a man hunt for suspected UPND cadres who attacked Luampa District Commissioner Alfred Miyato, 62, and his driver, Brian Kuwema, 39.
In an interview, Western Province Police Commissioner, Lombe Kamunkoshi, said suspected UPND cadres attacked Mr Miyato who escaped unhurt while his driver Kuwema sustained a swollen right arm and upper lip.
Another victim, Masheke Nguvu, also sustained a swollen and painful left side of the neck and shoulder, adding that the incident happened between 21: 00 hours and 22:00 hours at Luampa sub-station along Luampa road.
Ms Kamunkoshi said the government vehicle Nissan Hard Body registration number GRZ 790 BV belonging to Luampa district administration suffered shattered wind screens.
She said the District Commissioner was coming from Mongu on official duty when he was attacked by suspected UNPD cadres.
Ms Kamunkoshi said no arrests have been made so far and that police officers have intensified investigations in order to bring the culprits to book.
She said political parties participating in the by-elections in both Luampa Central and Namando Wards should conduct peaceful campaigns in the area.
Ms Kamunkoshi said police officers will not tolerate cadres perpetuating violence in the area, adding that anyone found wanting will face the laws.
Meanwhile, PF cadres in Mangango Constituency of Kaoma district in Western Province say they will start preparing to defend themselves from the violent attacks currently being perpetrated by the UPND in the area.
In an interview, Mangango PF Constituency chairperson, Isaaic Liwoyo said following the attack that happened at Pumulo Parkway Limited in Kaoma district where a group of UPND cadres attacked Kafue lawmaker, Obvious Mwaliteta and former Mangango Constituency Member of Parliament, Taundi Chiseke, the party will now start defending itself from such attacks.
Mr Liwoyo said the violence being caused by UPND cadres was a sign that the party was feeling the heat from all the PF camps set strategically across the constituency.
He said the UPND cadres who were laden in an Isuzu Big Horn registration number ALL 2652 attacked Mangango PF campaign manager, Obvious Mwaliteta and went away with his two remote controls, ripped off number plates of his Mitsubishi Pajero registration number ABD 5657 and K500.00 cash.
Mr Liwoyo said the UPND leadership should caution its cadres to desist from violence in the constituency, adding that the attack on the PF campaign manager, who is on a campaign trail soliciting support for its candidate, Rogers Lingweshi in the Mangango Parliamentary by-election, will not be condone.
He said the electorates in the area have witnessed massive development that the PF government has demonstrated in Mangango and no political pressure from the opposition UPND could disturb their choice to vote for Mr Lingweshi on August 19.
Mr Liwoyo said the UPND should base its campaigns on real issues that will uplift the living standards of the majority people in the area so that voters would understand the basis of their campaigns other than resorting to violence.
He observed that there was need to conduct issue-based campaigns in Mangango because at the end of the day, it will be the voters who will offer a final verdict.
And police officers in Kaoma district have so far arrested two UPND cadres, Kingford Nasilele, a former Kaoma District Commissioner in the MMD administration, and Gicks Mushele, a businessman who attacked Mwaliteta and Chiseke and are currently appearing in court for idle and disorderly conduct contrary to the laws of Zambia.