Police in Lusaka have apprehended and detained eight members of the Patriotic Front (PF), allegedly over unruly behaviour, at the party’s Secretariat on Panganani Road.
Police Spokesperson, Rae Hamoonga, said the incident, which occurred on Sunday, around 18:00 hours, had sparked conversations about the need for peaceful politics in the nation.
Hamoonga in a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday said the chain of events began when a group of PF cadres gathered at their party’s secretariat.
He said what should have been a peaceful political gathering quickly escalated into a chaotic scene.
“Party members became unruly, and their actions threatened to cause a breach of peace,” Hamoonga said.
He said quick to respond to the situation, alert police officers managed to apprehend eight of the troublemakers, effectively diffusing the tension at the party secretariat.
Hamoonga said these individuals were detained for the offense of “Conduct likely to cause a breach of the Peace.”
“The eight individuals have been identified as follows Shadreck Munkombwe, Luckson Maliti, Solomon Harrison Banda, Walaza Daka, Sydney Solo, Felix Mutale, Isaac Chewe and George Banda,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hamoonga rubbished rumours circulating on social media about a shooting incident allegedly involving Andy Luki Junior, former president Edgar Lungu’s photographer.
He said no such shooting incident had occurred.
“We did make efforts to check with the University Teaching Hospital as the place that he was alleged to have been treated from, which revealed that the hospital did not attend to such a person,” said Hamoonga.
He warned all individuals involved in politics to act responsibly, peacefully, and within the boundaries of the law.
Hamoonga emphasized that those who aim to cause chaos would face the full consequences of the law, highlighting the commitment of the Zambia Police Service to maintaining public order and security.
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