UPND president Hakainde Hichilema yesterday arrived in Mongu to a thunderous welcome and promised to find a lasting solution to the Barotseland question when UPND forms government in 2016.
Even attempts by a few hired PF thugs to stop his entry in the province failed as residents mobbed and welcomed Mr. Hichilema and his entourage.
He is expected to receive hundreds of defectors from the PF and MMD in the province, as well as paying a courtesy call on the Litunga of Barotseland.
In Lusaka, the PF police have taken detained UPND officials to a secret location as they are no longer at Lusaka Central police station.
One of the detainees is Fresher Siwale, the UPND member who recently defected from PF.
They were arrested yesterday from Kaunda Square at the direction of Munali MP Mr. Nkandu Luo who also organised thugs to beat up UPND officials.
There only crime for spending the weekend in cells was to hold in-door meetings with their members in Kaunda Square.
UPND deputy Secretary General Kuchunga Simusamba was stubbed in the chest by Mr. Luo’s hired thugs in front of Chelstone Police officers and rushed to the clinic and yet no arrests were made.
PF thugs who came to Chelstone police station in Mr. Luo’s hired bus attacked the few UPND leaders, including Simusamba, who were asking for the release of their colleagues.
UPND leaders had to seek refuge in police cells but the violent PF thugs were not arrested.
Some vehicles belonging to UPND leaders had their windscreens smashed in front of police officers, who did nothing to stop the violence.