In unexplained circumstances, police in central province have indefinitely postponed the continued questioning of UPND Katuba MP Jonas Shakafuswa in smeared allegations of violence that rocked the Katuba by elections in which he defeated six other candidates.
Last week police recorded a warn and caution statement from the outspoken opposition lawmaker but failed to charge him and asked him to report again this week but sources from police headquarters in Lusaka have told the Zambian Watchdog that the central province command was asked to reschedule the questioning to an indefinite date. He was supposed to report today for further investigations.
“These are just schemed up charges and central DCIO Mr. Moola was here (Lusaka) the whole of last week but it seems they have failed to link Shakas to any violence so instead of just clearing him they want to create a feeling in him that he may be arrested, the fact is that the cadres who caused violence are from PF and police in Kabangwe have identified them but now they want to intimidate Shakas because he is a vibrant guy,” said the source.
Efforts to get in touch with Shakafuswa failed as he was reported to be in his constituency identifying areas that require development and thanking the electorate for voting him and having faith in the UPND but UPND central province yputh chairman Milner Mwanakampwe said his party was disappointed that the police continued to be abused by PF in their fishing expedition aimed at embarrassing their MP.
“If our Honourable MP has a case to answer let them charge him so that we quickly dispose of the matter, UPND is in a hurry to develop the country and honourable Shakas has a big task to deliver in Katuba, he has to get to work instead of disturbing him unnecessarily, we are however ready to defend our MP and other leaders from this oppression,” said Mwanakampwe.