By STEVEN ZANDE –
FIVE suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres have been apprehended for allegedly attacking two Patriotic Front (PF) supporters on Sunday.
The PF supporters were brutalised in separate incidents and are nursing injuries at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka.
Charles Sineo, 36, of Garden House area was going home around 15:00 hours when suspected UPND cadres attacked him for wearing a PF branded t-shirt under his shirt.
And Mukuka Kasosa of Makeni area said they were driving along Cairo Road on Sunday around 21:00 hours when they came across a group of suspected UPND cadres destroying PF campaign posters and replacing them with others from the UPND.
Mr Kasosa said he got out of his vehicle only to be ambushed by the cadres who took turns to beat him while his friends sped off with the car in fear of being attacked by the unruly cadres.
Police deputy spokesperson Rae Haamonga confirmed the incident in an interview yesterday.
He said the five culprits had since been arrested and police found two machetes upon searching their motor vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser, registration AAL 5818
“They injured Kasosa Mukuka who sustained a cut on the head after confronting them. The five will be charged with assault and contravention of the Code of Conduct of the Electoral Process Act 35 of 2016,
“We have also arrested four UPND cadres. This was after the four had on Sunday in Garden House area attacked Mr Charles Sineo who sustained a fractured right leg. A plank is alleged to have been used in the attack. He lost a laptop and a cell phone whose value is not known,” Mr Hamoonga said.
He said Kalima Njobvu, 40, also sustained a deep cut on the head and face.
Mr Hamoonga said a plank was alleged to have been used and seven cars were damaged in the process at 2010 car park, whose windscreens were smashed using stones.
The four suspects are in police custody.
Kanyama PF aspiring parliamentary candidate Elizabeth Phiri, who visited the two patients at UTH yesterday, appealed to the UPND leadership to cage violent cadres.
Ms Phiri said there was no need for the UPND and PF members to continue fighting because they were not enemies, but their parties only had different political ideologies.
UPND spokeperson Charles Kakoma said their cadres were putting campaign posters along Cairo Road on Sunday when PF cadres who watched them got annoyed and attacked them.
Mr Kakoma said the irate PF cadres then started beating them and later police officers stepped in and effected the arrests of the five, who were still in police custody waiting to be charged.
He said while at Lusaka Central Police Station, the PF cadres poured sugar into a tank of a vehicle, a Toyota Land cruiser and deflated its tyres.