Mwaliteta Claims Attack in Mangango
PATRIOTIC FRONT (PF) campaign manager in the August 19 Mangango by-election Obvious Mwaliteta was yesterday attacked by suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres who also grabbed K500 from him, Western Province Commissioner of Police Lombe Kamukoshi has confirmed.
Kamukoshi said in a telephone interview that police in Kaoma have since arrested former district commissioner in the MMD regime Gilbert Nasilele to help with investigations.
“I wish to confirm that we have arrested former district commissioner, a Nasilele for leading a group of youths to attack and rough up Mwaliteta, who was on a routine campaign trail,” she said.
Kamukoshi said the suspected UPND cadres also stripped Mr Mwaliteta’s car and got away with two number plates and a car remote control.
She said she has since dispatched more police officers to Kaoma for reinforcement.
Mwaliteta is Kafue member of Parliament and Central Province minister.
And in a separate interview, Mwaliteta denounced the violence by the suspected UPND cadres.
“There were over 10 cadres led by Mr Nasilele who attacked me together with Mr Daudi Chiseke. They grabbed our car keys and stripped our vehicle and got away with K500 cash. We were rescued by Rae Hamoonga [deputy police spokesperson], who was on his way to Mongu,” Mwaliteta said.
He said UPND cadres have issued threats on his life saying he must leave Mangango.
He pleaded with UPND not to engage in violence, saying people are interested in development and not fighting.
“I appeal to the UPND to embrace peace. They must take back these cadres to Mongu. They are bringing confusion here,” Mr Mwaliteta said.
He said the PF will not engage in violence because it is focused on bringing development to the nation.
Efforts to get a comment from UPND campaign manager Misheck Mitelo proved futile as his mobile phone was switched off.
Attempts to speak to UPND’s party spokesperson Charles Kakoma and his deputy Cornelius Mweetwa also failed.
Source: Daily Mail