Police in Kabwe have arrested area member of parliament Tutwa Ngulube for criminal trespass, stemming from a row he is in with the municipal council.
Last week, Ngulube dragged the Kabwe Municipal Council to court on allegations of abuse of authority of office and failing to comply with tender procedures.
But in apparent retaliation, the council, through the Town Clerk Ronald Daka, signed a closure order for Sonnet Melodius Building Complex, which houses Sonnet Hypermarket; a transit bus station for long distance vehicles, all operated by Ngulube saying it was an illegal business.
Police then surrounded the premises and locked them up.
Ngulube was intercepted at a police check point at Prospect Police station on his way to sort out the closure of his business.
After some minutes, journalists were stunned to see Ngulube being led into an unregistered police vehicle.
When asked what was happening, Ngulube said; “I am being arrested for criminal trespass”, before officers barred journalists from asking further questions.