Some youths in Chisamba area who received Chitenge materials from UPND and CSOs

THE Police in Muchinga Province have arrested five United Party for National Development – UPND – members for unlawful assembly.

This was after police at Chama Police Station received a report of unlawful assembly from a concerned member of the public that there was unlawful assembly organized by some suspected members of UPND in Chabala village, Chief Kambombo in Chama District.

The 5 have since been detained at Chama Police Station for further investigations.

And Chisamba Police were, over the weekend, trailing two 4 x 4 vehicles in Chisamba area reportedly carrying 2 UPND senior members and civil society occupants from GEARS Initiative and ActionAid who were mobilising people and distributing Chitenge materials around the area.

According to a source in Chisamba, the Police got a report that some UPND officials and 2 male persons who introduced themsleves as leaders from ActionAid and GEARS were distributing UPND branded materials and paying K50 upfront money to youths around Upeme School around Protea Hotel in Chisamba.

A resident in that area who got some Chitenge said the team in a black 4 x 4 said he was told the youths would be given more money when the UPND comes to pick them for demonstration in Lusaka against ECZ during the week.

Meanwhile, police in Kazungula District have arrested 4 UPND members and 15 foriegn nationals whose national identity the police are ascertaining. The 19 were arrested from named Lodge.

The 15 foriegn nationals from a neighbouring country were found in possession of fake Green National Registration Cards facilitated by 4 UPND members who have been arrested.

The foriegn nationals said they were transported to Zambia and each given K250,000 to register as voters but could not register at the end of the voting period on Friday.

The 15 foriegn nationals said their expenses at the lodge were being paid for by 4 UPND officials who told them they could only leave the country once they manage to register when an extension of voter registration is opened next week.

The arrested UPND officials in Kazungula are demanding access to the UPND lawyer Mulambo Haimbe.

Last week, Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo warned Zambians from Kitwe against aiding foriegn nationals to obtain or fake National Registration Card and register as voters. He said the law will catch up with anyone doing so regardless of political affiliation.