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PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON UNRULY BEHAVIOUR BY UNITED PARTY FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (UPND) CADRES

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YESTERDAY THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER, 2019, POLICE RECEIVED INFORMATION THAT CADRES FROM THE OPPOSITION UNITED PARTY FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (UPND) WHO HAD GATHERED FOR THE FUNERAL OF THE LATE LAWRENCE BANDA WHO DIED IN KAOMA DISTRICT OF WESTERN PROVINCE RECENTLY, WERE PLANNING TO MATCH TO THE CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY CROSS WHERE A FUNERAL SERVICE OF THE DECEASED WAS TO BE HELD.

ON RECEIPT OF THIS INFORMATION, POLICE WENT TO THE FUNERAL HOUSE AND ENGAGED MOURNERS NOT TO PROCEED WITH THEIR INTENTIONS AS IT HAD POTENTIAL TO BRING ABOUT DISORDERLINESS.

DESPITE THE ADVICE, BETWEEN 10:00 HOURS AND 11:00HRS TODAY, THE UPND CADRES WENT AHEAD AND STAGED THE FUNERAL PROCESSION FROM KANYAMA TO THE CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY CROSS.

THE CADRES ARE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN UNRULY AND ARE ALLEGED TO HAVE CAUSED DAMAGE TO PROPERTY AND CAUSED ALARM AND FEAR IN PEOPLE IN SURROUNDING AREAS FORCING BUSINESS HOUSES TO CLOSE. THE TOTAL DAMAGE CAUSED IS YET TO BE ESTABLISHED AMONG THEM MOTOR VEHICLES WHOSE WINDSCREENS WERE SHATTERED.

POLICE RESPONDED BY BLOCKING THE PROCESSION AND DISPERSED THE CROWD. AFTER BEING DISPERSED, THE CADRES SCAMPERED IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS WHILE OTHERS WENT TO INTERCITY BUS TERMINUS WHERE ONE PERSON IDENTIFIED AS THOMAS CHIBILIKA AGED 42 OF MTENDERE COMPOUND IS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN SHOT AT ON HIS RIGHT THIGH AS HE WAS SELLING HIS MERCHANDISE IN A BOUTIQUE AT INTERCITY BUS TERMINUS.

THE VICTIM WAS RUSHED TO UTH WHERE HE IS RECEIVING TREATMENT WHILE POLICE ARE STILL MONITORING THE SITUATION.

POLICE HAVE INSTITUTED INVESTIGATIONS IN THE SHOOTING INCIDENCE.

IN AS MUCH AS WE UNDERSTAND THAT A LIFE WAS LOST, WE CANNOT ALLOW LAWLESSNESS TO TAKE CENTER STAGE IN THE COUNTRY AS DEMONSTRATED BY UPND CADRES WHO WENT TO THE STREET AND CAUSED CONFUSION BY BREAKING THE LAW WITH IMPUNITY.

I HAVE DIRECTED MY OFFICERS TO STERNLY DEAL WITH ALL THOSE WHO OPT TO DELIBERATELY BEND THE LAW AND OFFICERS SHOULD NOT BE BLAMED FOR CONSEQUENCES THAT MAY ARISE AS A RESULT OF POLICE ACTION AS THEY HAD BEEN FOREWARNED.

IAM APPEALING TO THE UPND LEADERSHIP TO MANAGE THEIR CADRES BY ADVISING THEM TO AVOID ENGAGING IN SUCH UNRULY BEHAVIOR WHICH HAS POTENTIAL TO LEAD TO BREAK DOWN IN LAW AND ORDER.

POLITISING FUNERALS IS UNZAMBIAN, THEREFORE, POLITICAL PARTIES SHOULD DESIST FROM DOING SO.

KAKOMA KANGANJA

INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE

11TH OCTOBER, 2019

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