Police spokesperson Esther Katongo says police have arrested the people who have been burning buildings in Zambia from the time Hakainde Hichilema was arrested.
Katongo also say another person has been arrested for trying to recruit soldiers to start capturing government and PF officials.
Below is Katongo’ statement:
LUSAKA, 26TH APRIL, 2017 – We are holding four male persons all of Lusaka suspected to be behind a spate of fires experienced in Lusaka in the recent past. The suspects have been identified as
Remmy Mukuba, aged 35 of Kamwala South who is UPND Provincial Youth Vice Treasurer,
Fabian Mwanza Lubona, aged 23, of Kanyama compound,
Martin Muchindu,35 of Chilulu Garden, a UPND Youth Provincial Trustee for Lusaka Province,
Kelvin Mwansa Mupulisa, 30 of Makeni Villa who is UPND Information Publicity Secretary for Ward 10, Kanyama Constituency.
The suspects were apprehended outside Lusaka Central Correctional Facility at about 03 50 hours.
They were in a Toyota Nadia Registration Number ALL 3315 which was parked in front of the Camp’s main gate.
Upon being challenged by alert armed officers, they attempted to drive off but the officers quickly intercepted them and after searching their vehicle, the following items were found:
One bow and three arrows;
Two brown plastic bottles of potassium permanganate;
A small paper containing some black powder;
Four (4) rechargeable batteries;
One (1) mega phone;
Three (3) empty grain bags;
One (1) chitenge material for Patriotic Front;
One (1) blue 5 litre empty container smelling petrol;
Eight (8) small paper flags for the United Party for National Development;
A bottle of Glycerine,
Two paper tubes and some match sticks. They are currently detained in police custody and investigations are still underway.
You may wish to note that a combination of some of the substances found on these suspects can cause an instant explosion or fire
Meanwhile, we have apprehended a male person identified as Geofrey Lumingu aged 34 of Garden House for conspiring with other persons via social media to incite violence.
In his posting, the accused person incited other persons to recruit people with military training or any other persons to begin capturing senior government officials and Patriotic Front officials.
He has been charged with seditious Practices contrary to section 51(1)(a) and section 60 (1) (i) of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
He is currently detained in Police custody and will appear in
ESTHER MWAATA KATONGO
ZAMBIA POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER