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Yes, Kaumbwe Socialist Party members attacked but no evidence of UPND role


Socialist Party members were attacked and left with injuries as confirmed by the Zambia Police, Electoral Commission of Zambia and the verified pictures of the injured victims but there’s not enough evidence linking the attack to UPND

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Verified Oct, 20 2021


On 18th October 2021, The Candidate Facebook page published a post claiming that the Socialist Party camp in Kaumbwe, Petauke District has been attacked by UPND supporters leaving some party members injured. Kaumbwe Constituency in Petauke district is one of the places holding by-elections on 21st October 2021.

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The fact-checking process has determined as unproven the claim made in the post published by The Candidate Facebook Page that UPND supporters attacked the Socialist Party camp in Kaumbwe, Petauke District. The iVerify Team contacted the Zambia Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga, who said that some members of the Socialist Party were attacked on 18th October 2021 around 01:00hrs leaving some of them badly injured. However, he said the Police had not confirmed the identity and the political affiliation of the attackers as investigations are still ongoing. iVerify used Google Reverse Image Search to determine the authenticity of the pictures posted and confirmed the source as Socialist Party President, Fred M’membe, who posted them on his Facebook page on 18th October 2021. The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) also released a statement condemning the violence recorded in Kaumbwe constituency 3 days before the Elections.

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