Press Statement on Political Violence in Kaoma.
Lusaka _ 6th October 2019.
Patriotic Front (PF) cadres in Kaoma have shot a UPND member in the head and is battling for his life in Kaoma General Hospital.
The UPND member was shot twice in the head after armed PF cadres invaded the UPND camp in Kaoma Central today. The PF cadres found some women at the UPND camp in Kaoma Site and Service preparing some meals and attacked them. One of the youths tried to save the women from the attackers. It was at this point that one armed PF cadre shot him twice in the head. The bullets have not yet been removed by doctors at Kaoma General Hospital. Police have not arrested the PF cadre who shot the UPND member.
Meanwhile, as news went round that there was fighting going on at the UPND camp, some more PF cadres mobilised themselves and on their way to the scene of the fighting, they met the UPND Kaoma youth chairman Chola Simwaba who was riding a motor bike, unaware of the fighting that had broken out . The PF thugs started stoning him. He fell to the ground and beat him up. In self defence , he used his gun to shoot in the air to scare away his attackers. Police have now arrested the UPND member, Chola Simwaba.
As UPND, we would like to strongly appeal to the police to be fair and impartial in handling the situation in Kaoma and other places where bye-elections are taking place.
We would also like to warn the PF that starting political violence and blaming it on the UPND will not help them. They should stop it or regret it.