12 November 2012

Zambia: Seven Nabbed Over Kasama PF Cadres' Clash

SEVEN people have been arrested in connection with the confusion that characterised the prelude to the Patriotic Front (PF) Northern Province Consultative Conference in Kasama on Saturday.

Secretary-General Wynter Kabimba officiated at the conference as some cadres attempted to cause confusion.

Northern Province police chief Mary Chikwanda confirmed the arrests and that the seven had been charged with conduct likely to cause breach of the peace.

On arrival at Kasama Airport, Mr Kabimba, who is Justice Minister, was met by scores of party cadres.

However, five women in support of Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba engaged in a war of words with other PF party members on hand to receive Mr Kabimba. The five were picked up and detained at Kasama Central Police.

The other two were drivers of trucks that had Mr Mwamba's supporters and were picked from Kasama Lodge where Mr Kabimba made a brief stopover.

Before that, a car pasted with Mr Mwamba's posters drove into the airport grounds and later drove off.

The route the Justice Minister used was guarded by police officers.

However, Mr Mwamba's supporters anchored along the way waving solidarity banners at Mr Kabimba's entourage which zoomed past.

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