ZAMBIA: Cops tear-gas GBM’s family in Kasama

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By Bright Chikele:

POLICE in Kasama early on Wednesday raided and teargassed Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s home, leaving four of the UPND running mate’s grand children hospitalised.
Northern Province police commissioner Bonny Kapeso led the officers in the raid.
But Kapeso in an interview said police used reasonable force to arrest UPND cadres who locked themselves up in Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM)’s house.
In an interview, GBM, who accused the police of stealing over K345,000 from his bedroom, said the shocking incident was evidence that President Edgar Lungu was planning to assassinate him.
“My family in Kasama was raided, my security men at my residence were attacked by the police led by commissioner Kapeso and they threw teargas at my family, my wife, my daughter Sibongile was also at home,” GBM said.
“My family was kicked out and they went to a private hospital because my grandchildren were badly chocked and money has been stolen, about K345,000, including some t-shirts and chitenge.”
He said the incident was shocking because the attack and assault on his family happened when President Edgar Lungu was in Kasama.
GBM said there was no doubt that President Lungu was planning to have him assassinated because of the political pressure he was facing.
“I am not going to accept this and I am not going to sit and watch him do this. All those that are involved, they will very soon face the wrath of the law and I mean it. Assassination is a possibility and I am not scared. The President is the one planning to assassinate me. If he can assault my family who are innocent when he is here in Kasama and go to teargas and break the doors, this is unacceptable,” said GBM.
“This is a very, very unfortunate situation, which I think if the President Edgar Lungu is not careful, will land him into very serious problems. He should realise that power will come to an end one day and those that he is persecuting will not just sit back and watch him.”
But Kapeso, in an interview, said the police used reasonable force on UPND cadres who had gone to hide in GBM’s house after escaping from police officers who wanted to arrested them for removing President Lungu and PF campaign posters.
“UPND cadres around 05:00 hours went to Kasama town and started tearing down posters for PF candidates and President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s campaign posters that were stuck on the wall and placed them on the road. When police went there, they ran away and hid in GBM’s house. Others were outside, others went and locked themselves inside the house,” Kapeso said.
“They couldn’t come out so we forced the doors open and got the ring leaders. Before that, they broke
the windscreen of a police vehicle.”
He accused the UPND cadres of possessing offensive weapons and also dismissed GBM’s accusation that money was lost in the raid.
“We found them with five bottles of petrol bombs, which they had made. We found them with offensive weapons; pangas, axes and spears, so we have arrested them and they will appear in court and that is the official position,” said Kapeso.
“And you don’t even have time for money when you are looking for a suspect; when he comes out, we go with him to the police station, so the issue of stealing money is unfounded.”

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