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UPND RIVAL CAMPS CLASH, 2 ASSAULTED

By JOHN KOMBE                                          

TWO suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) members have been assaulted after two rival camps clashed during a road-show campaign in Madido ward in Chongwe on Saturday.

Deputy police public relations officer, Danny Mwale confirmed the development in a press statement.

He stated that a group believed to be supporters of UPND Chongwe parliamentary candidate Sylvia Masebo and another being supporters of a UPND parliamentary aspirant who has gone independent, Ivy Nawa clashed in Madido ward leaving two male victims wounded.

Mr Mwale confirmed that police received reports of assault which happened on Saturday.

He also confirmed that police have opened a docket and both victims were issued with medical reports. He stated that the two camps are believed to be of the UPND, but supporting     rival candidates.

Mr Mwale named the victims as Danny Kalulu, 40 and Christopher Kandolo, 25.  Mr Kalulu sustained cuts on the face, back of the head, upper lip and a swollen face.   He also lost a mobile handset valued at K700.

He disclosed that Mr Kandolo identified one of the suspects as Jackson Nyeleti who has been arrested.

A witness, Mr Oscar Kaleya, who is an independent mayoral candidate and has teamed up with Ms Nawa alleged that the Masebo group started the fight.

He alleged that the group descended on them as they were doing a road show campaign in the Meanwood area.

Mr Kaleya claimed that the group was armed with assorted weapons including picks and machetes.

He also accused the UPND of being violent and uncompromising.

He appealed to the other camp to respect the electoral code of conduct.

Meanwhile, efforts to get a comment from the Masebo camp proved futile by press time.

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