16 November 2012

Zambia: Eighteen 'Cadres' Nabbed for Unruly Behaviour

EIGHTEEN suspected political party cadres were yesterday apprehended following unruly behaviour at Parliament.

United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres led by party secretary general Winstone Chibwe and deputy spokesperson, Edwin Lifwekelo were at Parliament to present a petition meant to stop the allocation of K1.4 billion towards the construction of Zambia's fifth President's retirement house.

Unknown people arrived in different minibuses and threw stones at the unsuspecting UPND cadres forcing journalists and security personnel at the Parliament gates to run for safety. Quick action by police quelled the confusion leading to apprehending of the 18.

Lusaka Province Police chief, Joyce Kasosa confirmed that the 18 had been detained and were being screened to ascertain who were involved in the unruly behaviour.

"We have apprehended 18 people during the confusion at Parliament, though we have not charged them yet as we are still screening them," Ms Kasosa said.

When calm was restored, Mr Chibwe proceeded to hand the petition to UPND Kabompo West Member of Parliament (MP), Ambrose Lufuma.

Meanwhile, Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister, Nkandu Luo informed Parliament that Government was in the process of reviewing the mapping of chiefdoms around the country.

Professor Luo said the country's chiefdoms had different mappings dating 1932, 1942, 1958 and 1959.

She said it was important that the consultation process with various chiefs would help settle one of the border mappings among the four.

The minister said Government was also involving traditional leaders in skills of conflict management which would help to resolve boundary differences among chiefdoms.

This was when Parliament was debating the policy statement of the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs.

MMD Nalikwanda MP Geoffrey Lungwangwa called on the Ministry to ensure traditional leaders were exposed to Information Communication Technology (ICT) as the world was rapidly shifting to the technology era.

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