Alert armed police officer today barred PF cadres from storming the mass media complex in Lusaka.
The armed police officers, who are guarding the complex that houses the Zambia News NAD Information Services (ZANIS), the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), stopped over 30 cadres from entering the premises around 13.30 hours
A ZANIS crew witnessed the incident in which the armed police officers ordered the cadres to leave the main entrance gate which they had blocked.
The jubilant cadres reluctantly moved away and regrouped a few meters away from the mass media gate before eventually boarding their buses and leaving the complex.
Security at the mass media complex has been tightened after the death of President Michael Sata on October 28 in a London Hospital.
President Sata was put to rest on November 11, 2014 at Embassy Park in Lusaka.
Earlier in the day, scores of PF cadres chanted solidarity songs in support of party Secretary General Edgar Lungu who was unanimously endorsed by 63 PF Members of Parliament (MPs) as the party’s presidential candidate for the upcoming by-election.
The MPs unanimously endorsed Mr. Lungu at a consultative meeting held in Lusaka today.
However, acting President Guy Scott, who is also PF acting President, is quoted as having said the party’s presidential candidate will be elected by the general conference.