Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

Zambia: NAREP Complains of Police Conduct in Mpongwe

The opposition National Restoration Party (NAREP) has accused police in Mpongwe district of being unprofessional in the manner it is treating opposition political parties.

NAREP National Secretary Mike Muyawala said police have exhibited unprofessionalism in the manner they have been dealing with opposition political parties that are participating in the Mpongwe parliamentary by-election.

Muyawala charged that the police have allegedly been partisan in the manner they arrested NAREP aspiring candidate for the Mpongwe parliamentary by-elections slated for February 28.

Muyawala said it was unfortunate that Mr. Reagan Ndhlovu was arrested when he went to the police station to make a complaint.

"NAREP is disappointed with the police's conduct because Ndhlovu went to the police station to launch a complaint over electoral malpractices involving suspected Patriotic Front cadres who were allegedly found removing his posters," he said.

Muyawala claimed that there was political influence behind the arrest of the NAREP candidate which he said was aimed at frustrating the opposition.

He however expressed confidence that the party was remain strong and would win the Mpongwe parliamentary seat.

Ndhlovu was arrested for allegedly slapping a Patriotic Front cadre and was released on K2, million bail yesterday.

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