Police clash with UPND cadres

Police this morning clashed with UPND cadres at Woodlands Police Station where they had accompanied their leader Hakainde Hichilema who was summoned for questioning.

And Police have recorded a warn and caution statement from Mr Hichilema after several hours of interrogation.

Police had to use teargas to disperse the cadres, while UPND Chikankata Member of Parliament Munji Habeenzu was beaten by Police in the fracas sustaining injuries.

Mr Hichilema had to be whisked away to a safer place following the clashes between Police and the cadres.

Police Spokesperson Charity Munganga Chanda says the fracas broke out when the UPND cadres wanted to force their way into the Police station, when Police had only summoned their leader.

Mrs Chanda could not disclose why the UPND leader has been summoned.

And UPND Deputy Spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa defended the party’s decision to allow cadres to accompany their leader even when Police had warned any misbehavior from the cadres during the questioning.

Mr Mweetwa says there is nothing strange about UPND cadres accompanying their leader, stating that it is a normal trend for cadres to accompany their political leaders in such instances.

Meanwhile Police have recorded a warn and caution statement from Mr Hichilema.

Police Spokesperson Munganga Chanda has confirmed the development to QFM News that this is in connection to a statement Mr Hichilema made during a recent press briefing held that the Patriotic Front had deployed a militia to Kasama to attack Fr Frank Bwalya.

Mrs Chanda says Mr Hichilema has been released without charge as investigations in the matter continue.


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