President Micheal Sata has instructed security wings in the country to hunt and arrest all the opposition leaders currently in Livingstone.
Police in Livingstone have so far arrested five more United Party for National Development (UPND) members in connection with the suspected murder of a Patriotic Front (PF) cadre last night.
Among UPND senior officials that were arrested yesterday are campaign manager for Livingstone parliamentary by-election, Garry Nkombo, Kalomo Member of Parliament, Request Muntanga, Livingstone UPND spokesperson Neto Halwabala and party election chairman Ackson Sejani.
Southern Province Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga said the total number of UPND members that have been arrested in connection with the murder of Henry Chanda, a Monze PF districts secretary is 17.
Sources in security wings have told the Watchdog that Mr. Sata has also ordered security wings in the Zambian borders and airports to be on the look-out for the opposition leaders.
Following the death of the PF cadre in Livingstone, Mr. Sata now wants to take advantage by arresting of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema, MMD president Nevers Mumba and their senior officials such as Chembe Nyangu who is deputy MMD Secretary General
“We have been instructed to search all the vehicles leaving Livingstone and we Livingstone and Lusaka airports are also on the look-out in case one of them decides to fly back. In fact, we might even storm the Livingstone’s Sun International Hotel and search for these leaders and have them arrested at all costs as per instruction because they are the ones who reported the PF government to the Commonwealth for human rights abuses,” security sources said.
The security team tasked to search and arrest UPND and MMD leaders is led by a Mr. Moola, who is the assistant police commissioner.
The arrest will also include other people such as political activist Dante Saunders who has been addressing rallies together with the UPND leadership in Livingstone.
Meanwhile UPND Vice-president Mr. Richard Kapita says UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema is not a coward to run away from anything.
He says Mr. Hakainde is today likely to avail himself before the police to find out what he is being wanted for.