Police in Ndola have apprehended three notorious PF cadres for vandalising Zesco cables and are currently detained at Masala police station but information reaching the Zambian Watchdog from police is that MMD die hard coordinator and now Copperbelt minister Bowman Lusambo wants the culprits freed.
Copperbelt Divisional Criminal Investigations Officers – DCIO James Masiye confirmed the development to the media and named the cadres as Kennedy Simpito, 43 of house number 7 Mackenzie township; Abraham Banda, 35 and Edward Mbewe, 29 of house numbers 6117 and 1125 respectively in Masala township.
The three were found digging cables around midnight by the anti robbery squad after a tip off from the public about the trio’s activities as they are known to be selling the same cables to scrap metal dealers.
Banda and Mbewe are well known PF cadres who were even publicly seen campaigning for Bowman Lusambo in the 2016 elections and were also part of the cadres that were involved in a scuffle with police earlier this year. Lusambo is said to have called the officer in charge at Masala police station but he was told that the matter was being handled by the division command.
When scheming to declare the state of emergency, some electricity pylons were damaged in Ndola and Lusambo came out strongly accusing members of the opposition as being behind the sabotage. He threatened that police will deal with the saboteurs, statements that have been echoed by Edgar Lungu and home affairs minister Stephen Kampyongo who in parliament added that people would be found dead under Zesco pylons.