Opposition UPND campaigns in Mangango constituency have been paralysed after police impounded the campaign vehicle belonging to party candidate Goldwin Putu and detained some cadres.
And central province minister Obvious Mwaliteta was almost lynched today by irate residents of Mangango after he was found changing registration numbers of government vehicles which PF are using to woe voters.
UPND and police sources have told the Watchdog that an Isuzu Big horn vehicle belonging to Putu’s campaign team has been seized by police thereby crippling their campaigns. No reasons have been given for impounding the vehicle which is now parked at Kaoma police station.
UPND cadres conducted a citizens’ arrest on Mwaliteta after he was found changing the registration number GRZ 269 CT on a vehicle belonging to central provincea dministration with a private registration number ALB 5708.
When the cadres reported Mwaliteta to Kaoma police, he accused them of having robbed him of K500 and ordered police to detain Aaron Siyamavele, Jinx Mushebe and Kingford Nasilele, all UPND cadres.
Other government vehicles being used by PF and bearing private registration numbers belong to the Tourism, Home affairs and Chiefs and traditional affairs ministries. By Press time the UPND vehicle was still impounded and the cadres detained in police cells.
Last week in parliament, UPND Katuba MP Jonas Shakafuswa called for peaceful campaigns in Mangango and warned that UPND officials will arrest all people that will be involved in causing confusion in the campaigns.