PF top politicians have continued to interfere, trying to secure release of the three Livingstone PF cadres who were arrested after they hijacked a truck carrying goods to Lusaka on Friday morning. It has further been learnt that, in addition to the fake Office of the President – OP identity cards, the four were also armed, hence police reluctance to drop the charge of aggravated robbery to conduct likely to cause breach of peace.
In the early hours of Saturday PF cadres namely Baldwin Simate Musonda, Jafali Obert, Jonathan Mayeya and Obby Mweemba attacked a truck registration number AVV 3996 and belonging to losing Livingstone Independent candidate Edwin Simwiimba. And armed with guns and carrying fake Intelligence Identity cards hijacked the truck but their mission flopped as police came on the scene and apprehended three of them, Mweemba is on the run while the other three are in police custody.
But to protect the bandits from prosecution, PF officials from Lusaka put pressure on Southern province commissioner of police Bonny Kapeso to havethe case reduced to a lesser charge of conduct likely to cause breach of peace from the initial aggravated robbery charge.
PF have concocted a lie that the quartet are in the PF security wing and were merely doing a citizens arrest on the truck driver to impose the night travel ban and today Former PF Livingstone MP Lawrence Evans visited the police station arguing that the conduct likely to cause breach of peace is bondable and demanded that they be bonded but police have refused. The move has angered police officers because the bandits in question are well known for robberies in the tourist capital.