Police probe Lusaka High court fracas
By SIMON MUNTEMBA
POLICE are probing the fracas that occurred at the Lusaka High Court on Friday when suspected UPND cadres allegedly attacked Mandevu Member of Parliament Christopher Shakafuswa and his sympathizers.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga told the Daily Nation that the police had instituted investigations into the matter to establish what exactly happened before making an official statement.
Mr Hamoonga who was reluctant to give more details said the police would only comment on the matter after the investigations were done.
“This matter is under investigation. We will comment after our officers finish the investigations,” he said.
The fracas happened immediately after the adjournment of the MandevuParliamentary petition hearing for continued trial, in a case where losing UPND candidate Aaron Mulope has asked the Lusaka High Court to nullify the election of Mr Shakafuswa as Mandevu MP citing violence and corruption.
Mr Shakafuswa claimed that the UPND cadres attacked him together with his key witnesses in full view of Minister of Justice Mulambo Haimbe who came to offer solidarity to UPND Mandevu Constituency losing Candidate Aaron Mulope.
He said the unruly cadres attacked PF Mandevu Constituency chairperson DouglausTembo before descending on one of his key witnesses Lukas Tompwe.
“They even stole my phone. And Lukas Tompwe is currently receiving medical attention at Chipata Level One Hospital,” Mr Shakafuswa said.
He narrated that police officers were overpowered by the cadres who mercilessly took turns in punching, slapping and kicking his witness.