POLICE in Luwingu have summoned United Party for National Development (UPND) Lubansenshi parliamentary candidate Patrick Mucheleka to assist with investigations on the assault of Luwingu district commissioner Patrick Chanda by suspected party cadres.
Police spokesperson Charity Chanda said Mr Mucheleka has been given up to 14:00 hours today to report to Luwingu Police Station.
Mrs Chanda said UPND cadres allegedly assaulted Mr Chanda whom they accused of campaigning for Patriotic Front (PF) candidate George Mwamba.
“Six suspected UPND cadres have been picked by police in Luwingu in connection with acts of violence during campaigns in the Lubansenshi parliamentary by-elections,” Mrs Chanda said.
She said those arrested include three residents of Lusaka who are on a campaign trail in Lubansenshi to drum-up support for Mr Mucheleka.
She said Mr Chanda was assaulted by six UPND cadres and that these appeared in court yesterday.
The case was adjourned to September 15, 2015 for commencement of trial.
And police in Luwingu have arrested UPND member Daniel Katongo, 35, of Tolopa village for alleged unlawful possession of four voters’ cards and four national registration cards (NRCs).
Mrs Chanda said Katongo, who appeared in court yesterday, has been charged with unlawful possession of NRCs and voters’ cards.
“Mr Katongo was arrested after police officers received information that he was buying voters cards and NRCs from unsuspecting people and the police moved in and arrested him around 20:00 hours on Sunday,” she said.
PF Lubansenshi parliamentary by-election deputy campaign manager Frank Bwalya said the campaign team apprehended the man allegedly found buying voters’ cards and NRCs in Tolopa.
Fr Bwalya said the man allegedly claimed that he was tasked to buy voters’ cards by the UPND and that he was clad in a T-shirt bearing Mr Mucheleka’s portrait.
Bwalya said that the PF campaign team peacefully took the man to Luwingu Police Station where he was detained.
He said it is unfortunate that poor people are allegedly being forced to sell their voters’ cards to the UPND and in the process undermining the electoral process.