Fifteen arrested in Sioma over political violence

Fifteen arrested in Sioma over political violence

15 people arrested in Sioma for riotous behaviour

The police have arrested 15 people in Sioma following an incident involving PF candidate Mbololwa Subulwa and the independent candidate.

The PF candidate is said to have attacked and stabbed the independent candidate, but the police were reluctant to arrest her.

See below the statement by the police…

LUSAKA, 22ND JULY, 2021 – Police in Sioma District have arrested 15 people for malicious Damage to Property and Riotous behaviour.

This followed counter accusations in which police received a report from the Patriotic Front Aspiring Member of Parliament, Mbololwa Subulwa that she was attacked by the Sioma Independent Member of Parliament, Albert Amukena and his supporters while the Independent Sioma Aspiring Parliamentary candidate also reported that he was attacked by the Sioma Patriotic Front Aspiring Member of Parliament and her supporters. Both incidences are reported to have occurred on 21st July, 2021.

Police visited both scenes of crime and invited the two candidates who are the Independent and the Patriotic Front candidates to the police. However , the Independent Parliamentary Candidates did not turn up .

When the Patriotic Front Parliamentary Aspiring Candidate showed up at the Police, Cadres for the Independent Aspiring candidate and some UPND caders are alleged to have gone to the police post in numbers after blocking roads and tried to attack the PF candidate but was rescued by police.

The unruly caders are alleged to have later gone to the PF’s candidate’s house where they are alleged to have broken 11 window panes to her house and damaged her motor vehicle.

Police managed to apprehend 15 suspects who are in police custody for Malicious Damage to Property and Riotious behaviour. They will appear in court soon.

We have not yet received any report of murder, however , police officers are on the ground trying to verify such reports and information will be be given once verified.

Police have sent reinforcement to the area and calm has been restored. They will remain on the ground to monitor the situation.

Both reports received from the complainants are being investigated by police and we urge the complainants to cooperate with the police.

We are appealing to politicians to show maturity and responsibility as they conduct their political activities.

ESTHER MWAATA KATONGO
ZAMBIA POLICE SPOKESPERSON

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