PF councilors in Kabwe municipal council are living in fear of being lynched by party thugs led by PF Militiaman and Bwacha constituency chairman Saidi Chibwana for exercising their democratic right to vote for candidates of their choice in the just ended Mayoral elections.
A fortnight ago, the councilors defied the party directive to vote for imposed Richard Bango and Jim Cox Phiri as Mayor and deputy Mayor respectively. However Bango narrowly won but Cox Phiri was defeated by MMD’s MacDonald Mwamba leading to the thugs hunting for their own men.
A named councilor told the Zambian Watchdog that a group of armed thugs hosted by Saidi who is a Mwakyusa from Tanzania and is implicated in a spate of ritual murders in Kabwe are making their work in the wards difficult. Saidi is also the thug who hosted party militia men who abducted and robbed Kabwe based freelance journalist Wilson Pondamali last week. The thugs were apprehended by the council police but later released by police in the middle of the night.
“We are not able to supervise the projects in the wards, we are even fearing to attend our people’s funerals because of Saidi and his boys mostly from Lusaka. We call upon the police to move in because Saidi is satanic and has blood all over his hands, that is why people even rejected his application to be MP in 2006 and 2011,” said the councilor.
The councilor also said the two MPs Sydney Mushanga for Bwacha and his Kabwe central counterpart have been listed to be beaten, as they are perceived to be anti PF. Mushanga did not attend the Mayoral installation while Kapyanga quickly left in the company of the Army deputy Brigade commander a Colonel Banda soon after the function.