THE Zambia police service says the 8 ECZ trucks being impounded in southern province by some suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) supporters are new trucks which the commission has ordered from South Africa to be used in ferrying election materials.
Deputy Spokesperson for police Esther Mwaata says some UPND cadres became suspicious when the trucks reached Sesheke and demanded to check what was inside.
She says after checking through, the cadres discovered that there was nothing in the containers.
“The trucks proceeded and when they reached Livingstone, UPND cadres in Livingston begun protesting, burning tyres on roads demanding that the trucks be opened,” Mwaata says.
“ECZ has allowed that trucks be opened to enable those suspicious to check what is inside and when some of the trucks were opened, they did not find anything inside but empty containers.”
She says to this effect, ECZ has allowed those who would want to accompany the trucks to Lusaka to do so in the spirit of eliminating suspicions.
Mwaata has however urged all political parties to remain calm and always follow procedures in instances where they have doubt and avoid causing anarchy over speculations.