Police have detained eight people suspected to have perpetrated election violence this morning in Sesheke, in what is proving to be one of the most violent by-elections since the reintroduction of Multiparty democracy.
According to police spokesperson Esther Katongo, the eight comprise six ruling Patriotic Front (PF) cadres and two United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres.
“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,” Katongo said.
She narrates that when word went round that a UPND cadre had been dragged to the Police, a group of his colleagues 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.”
She adds that 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.