The Patriotic Front has charged that the UPND is responsible for the death of a PF cadre who was involved in the by-election violence in Chilanga last week.
But Lusaka Province Police Commissioner Nelson Phiri says investigations are still ongoing to ascertain the cause of death of the victim.
Teacher Kalaluka was among the PF cadres who clashed with their UPND rivals during campaigns ahead of the just-ended local government by-elections in Chimanga ward in Chilanga district.
In a statement, PF Secretary General Davies Mwila claimed that UPND cadres hacked Kalaluka.
“Kalaluka, a youthful member of our party who volunteered his time to participate in the by-election campaign was hacked by UNPD cadres armed with stones and other objects when they descended on the PF camp in Chilanga,” said Mwila.
“It is the PF’s call to the police to expedite their investigation into the violence which has resulted into this death but also It is my plea to all political players to engage in issue based politics because it is what the Zambian people have always demanded for.”
In an interview with News Diggers, Commissioner Phiri said his office was still investigating the matter and it was difficult to tell what caused his death.
“Of course it is true that last week there was a clash between PF and UPND cadres and some of those who sustained injuries were rushed to UTH, but still we need to confirm if the deceased was among those. We instituted investigations to find out if he dead from the beatings or from an illness,” said Phiri.
Some UPND cadres (in the picture) were also attacked by PF cadres during the violent clash in Chilanga.