POLICE have charged UPND Lusaka Province chairperson, Adrian Bauleni and four others with the murder of Patriotic Front member, Crispin Menyani Zulu.
Lusaka Province Police chief Joyce Kasosa and Mr Bauleni's lawyer Martha Mushipe confirmed the development in Lusaka yesterday.
Ms Kasosa named those charged with Mr Bauleni, as Charles Mumena, Kelvin Ngulube, Francis Washeni and Isaac Zulu.
She said the four were charged on Friday while Isaac Zulu was arrested and charged yesterday. They are charged with one count of murder.
Ms Kasosa said police were still "doing paper work" and that the five would appear in court soon.
"Yes, we have charged five suspects with the murder of Mr Zulu in Rufunsa and among them is Ambassador Bauleni.
We had earlier apprehended seven people but as we said, we are still carrying out investigations," she said.
Mumena, Ngulube, Washeni and Zulu (Isaac) are all Rufunsa residents.
She said some of the suspects who were earlier apprehended including two women have since been released.
When contacted for a comment, Ms Mushipe confirmed that her client had been charged with murder.
Ms Mushipe, however, said she could not say much because police opted to slap her client with a charge of murder in her absence.
"Yes, I have been informed that they have charged my client with murder, but I cannot say much because they did so in my absence.
One wonders why police decided to charge my client in my absence when they were getting a statement from him in my presence," she said.
Bauleni, 66, of Ibex Hill was detained at Lusaka Central Police Station while police also searched UPND offices for clues.
Mr Zulu who left behind a day-old baby, died on November 8, this year after being attacked by suspected UPND and MMD party cadres during a by-election in Rufunsa, Ward three.
He was buried at Old Leopards Hill Cemetery in Lusaka.