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Yes, Ndola Police impound two UPND campaign vehicles following attack


Two UPND branded vehicles of the Kabushi Constituency aspiring candidate Mr. Kanengo were impounded after the allegation confirmed by the Copperbelt Commissioner of the Police, that UPND cadres ambushed and injured a PF member.

Verified Jul, 21 2021


The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation, a public Television and Radio station published a report claiming that the police in Ndola district of the Copperbelt Province seized two campaign vehicles owned by the United Party for National Development (UPND) aspiring candidate for Kabushi Constituency Mr Bernard Kanengo after the suspected cadres who were in the vehicles ambushed a Patriotic Front member. In the report, the Copperbelt Police Commissioner Elias Chushi said that the two vehicles were being driven by UPND members who ran away after they beat up a Patriotic Front (PF) cadre who was found sticking campaign poster. In the article, Mr Chushi says that the PF member who was beat up is currently admitted at the Ndola Teaching Hospital as police have set up a man hunt for the seven suspected UPND members for assault and political violence. The report further states that the PF Kabushi Parliamentary Candidate for Kabushi, Mr Bowman Lusambo was displeased that the opposition party the UPND resorted to using violence in the campaigns.

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The Fact-Checking process has determined as true the claim contained in the ZNBC report that the Police impounded two cars belonging to UPND Kabushi Constituency candidate. The Copperbelt commissioner of Police, Mr Elias Chushi, confirmed to iVerify in a phone call that suspected UPND cadres jumped from the two UPND branded vehicles with one of the vehicle with registration number ACJ 7995 and started beating Patriotic Front cadres. The commotion resulted in damages to the windscreen and side mirrors of a PF Hino truck registration number BAP 326 belonging to the Patriotic Front aspiring candidate for Kabushi Constituency Mr. Bowman Lusambo. Mr Chushi further confirmed that the two vehicles belonging to the UPND and the Hino truck belonging to the PF are impounded at Masala Police Station with no arrests made yet, and that the injured PF member is currently admitted at the Ndola Teaching Hospital. In a separate phone call, UPND Copperbelt Chairman Mr Elisha Matambo confirmed that the two Vehicles impounded are at Masala Police Station and were taken from the house of the UPND official. According to Mr Matambo, the UPND officials were conducting door to door campaigns when the Patriotic Front cadres attacked them.

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