POLICE in Kalomo has nabbed two suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres who are alleged to be among the group of youth that caused political violence which occurred during president Edgar Lungu’s visit to the district last Tuesday.
Police sources confirmed the arrest to Zanis in Kalomo who have since appeared in the local subordinate court charged with proposing violence while a dragnet for others believed to have been involved in the incident has intensified.
However the local police sources could not give more details over the matter and referred all queries to Southern province police commissioner, Godwin Phiri, who could not be reached for a comment by press time.
The duo, Allan Sichibeya 32, of Mwaata compound and Reuben Musimuko 27, of Nasilele farm, have since appeared in court before magistrate Kahonyi Mushabati for plea charged with proposing violence which both have denied.
The case have been adjourned to Monday, January 25 for ruling and trial is set for February 24. The two have since been remanded in the Kalomo state prison with a provision for bail application.
Meanwhile, a gang of UPND cadres yesterday evening stormed the Kalomo state prison after the stipulated visting hours demanding to see the two suspects.
The cadres are reported to have visited the prison past 18 hours demanding to see the two suspects and tried to force their way into the prison causing commotion at the premises forcing officers on guard to fire warning shots to disperse the UPND cadres who were aboard on several fully mounted public address system vehicles playing solidarity music for their party.
President Lungu was in Kalomo last Tuesday where he addressed residents at Green Acres primary school and later inspected progress works at the ultra modern hospital being built in the once first administrative capital of the country but some opposition UPND cadres turned violent trying to block the roads which the head of state was suppose to use and beat up a PF sympathiser.
During his address, the head of state said people were free to choose their leaders of their choice but warned that government would not tolerate lawlessness that threaten the peace of the country.
And some residents talked to have condemned the action by the way the opposition acted themselves saying there were proper channels to register their grievances even if they differed in their political ideologies stressing an incumbent head of state deserves to be accorded the highest respect she or he deserves.