Mr. Hichilema and his entourage were in Chongwe at the invitation of senior Chief Nkomesha Mukamambo II for the Chikwela Makumbi ceremony traditional ceremony.
On hearing Mr. Hichilema was at the function, PF thugs from bus stops mobilised themselves and carried guns going to Chongwe to lay an ambush against the UPND leader.
While Edgar Lungu has been publicly condemning the emerging gun culture in the country, he has been secretly arming PF thugs with guns and other weapons to kill the opponents.
Zambezi East Constituency MP Brian Kambita later wrote:
“We have played them in their own game, leaving them stranded. The president is now home, safe. We have even gone to have late lunch after ensuring his safelty. We used a long gravel route to exit at a time they least expected. They thought we were still around, but we were gone! We had a big group of the boys, a convoy of about 5 vehicles which left at a calculated time. I was last to leave with Hon Mulusa, and we caught up with them in the safe place. We planned it well. We have intelligent, dedicated individuals, and we can assure you, no one can harm our principal just like that. That is why we accompany him”