According to police, four people were seriously injured during the clash.
“Police received four cases of Assault occasioning actual bodily harm (OABH) which occurred today on 24th June 2017 around 13:00 hours at memorial park in a confusion between UPND and PF cadres. The names of the victims are Hambote Christopher of chalala, Arnold spatula of unknown residence, Mulungu Jones of Salama Park and Samoa Davies of chalala. All victims sustained head injuries and have since been issued with medical reports. The incident happened when suspected UPND and PF cCadres who were burying their party members started exchanging insults which later resulted into a fight,” said Esther Mwaata Katongo in a statement.
“The first incidence happened on the northern side of memorial park where PF Cadres were burying their member. Police officers were called in but both UPND and PF cadres were accusing each other to have provoked the situation. The second incidence happened when PF Cadres approached memorial park from the wall fence separating memorial park and Old leopard hill cemetery, where UPND members were awaiting the body of their member. The PF cadres started throwing stones at UPND cadres which led to another confusion. A lot of people who had their programs at memorial park got caught up in the fracas.”
She added, “In the process , one motor vehicle belonging to PF was set ablaze. More information will follow as officers are still on the ground.”