– But confirms that 6 PF cadres have been battered and are in hospital
– Claims they were beaten by 2 UPND cadres
– says does not know what happened at council guest house
– What a fool
Below is her statement which was issued at 16 hours when the incident happened at 07 hours in the morning:
UPND Cadres Apprehended, Found In Possession of Offensive Weapons Including Machetes
LUSAKA, 12TH FEBRUARY, 2019 – At about 07 30 hours today 12th February, 2019, there was a confrontation between supporters of the Patriotic Front and UPND in Sesheke.
This was after a suspected UPND supporter was allegedly found with a voter register by some suspected PF cadres who later apprehended him and took him to Sesheke Police Station.
When word went round that a UPND Cadre had been dragged to the Police, a group of UPND supporters went to the Police Station with a view of rescuing their colleague who had been dragged to Police and that was when the two camps, the PF and UPND clashed right at the Police Station and confusion ensued.
Police moved in to disperse the unruly cadres from both UPND and PF and in the process, some PF cadres dashed to Sesheke Council Guest house where they were pursued by Police.
Police command in Western Province has instituted investigations to establish what could have transpired at the Council Guest house between Police and the cadres.
*Two suspected UPND cadres have been apprehended and detained for being in possession of offensive weapons (machetes)* while six suspected PF cadres sustained injuries and are admitted to Sesheke District Hospital.
ESTHER MWAATA KATONGO
ZAMBIA POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER