POLICE in Lusaka have arrested 42 suspected political cadres for alleged conduct likely to cause breach of peace.
Lusaka Province commissioner of police Charity Katanga said in an interview yesterday that out of the 42 suspects, 22 are women.
Ms Katanga said the suspects were arrested yesterday around 11:30 hours on Church Road near Lusaka Central Police Station.
Ms Katanga said police have detained the suspects, aged between 21 and 52, and they will appear in court today.
She said the cadres were marching carrying placards demanding land.
She said police have established that the cadres protested because their colleague identified as Gift Ng’andwe was arrested in connection with alleged illegal land transactions at the Galaunia Farm in Lusaka’s Chamba Valley.
Ms Katanga warned that police will not allow lawlessness and advised people to use the right channels to air grievances.
“We will not allow lawlessness to take centre stage in this country,” Ms Katanga said.
Police last Friday raided part of Galaunia Farms in Mutumbi area of Lusaka, where suspected political cadres were allegedly illegally allocating land and part of the group has since sued Galaunia Farm.
Meanwhile, CHAMBO NG’UNI report that a 22-year-old man of Kapiri Mposhi has allegedly beaten his 55-year-old father to death on suspicion that he was using witchcraft to have sex with his wife in her sleep.
The suspect identified as Michelo Miyoba is alleged to have used an axe handle to beat up his father Albert Miyoba and inflicting multiple injuries on him, which subsequently led to his death
Central Province deputy commissioner of police Edwin Bwanga said in an interview yesterday that the incident happened on Sunday between 20:00 hours and 21:00 hours.
Mr Bwanga said Michelo attacked Mr Muyoba while he was trying making a call on his cell phone.
“Michelo allegedly killed his father on suspension that he was practicing witchcraft.
“The body was found about 200 metres from his house in a pool of blood with a deep cut under the ear and it also had a bruised neck,” Mr Bwanga
He said Mr Miyoba had earlier differed with Michelo on how to share their maize harvest.
Mr Bwanga said Michelo bolted after allegedly committing the crime and is on the run.
He said the body is in Kabwe General Hospital mortuary and police have launched a manhunt for the suspect.