Monday, February 11, 2013

Police arrest NAREP candidate for slapping PF cadre in Mpongwe

Police arrest NAREP candidate for slapping PF cadre in Mpongwe
By Misheck Wangwe
Mon 11 Feb. 2013, 14:10 CAT

POLICE in Mpongwe yesterday arrested NAREP candidate Reagan Ndhlovu after he slapped a PF cadre at the police station.

Police sources said Ndhlovu was allegedly found by PF cadres, pulling down posters of PF candidate Gabriel Namulambe and was reported to the police around 08:00 hours.

The sources said after PF supporters, led by provincial youth secretary Chanda Kabwe, rushed to the police to report the matter, Ndhlovu, who was visibly annoyed, followed them.

They said while at the inquiries, he confronted Friday Mulenga, a PF youth, and slapped him hard on the face.

They said Ndhlovu was immediately locked up by police.
"We are yet to know what really transpired when he and PF cadres met at the market. We are told he was tampering with Namulambe's posters but the thing is people must learn to respect the law. They should respect police stations.

How do you beat up somebody at the police the way he did and expect to go scot-free? The man has been arrested and taken to Luanshya. That was disorderly and unacceptable," a police source said.

And Kabwe, who narrated the incident, said PF youths had been instructed not to confront anyone but to report them to the police.

He said Ndhlovu, who was in the company of two other NAREP supporters, was fuming when he followed them up to the police station, where he also slapped Mulenga.

By press time, Copperbelt police commissioner Mary Tembo said she had not received the report but a media statement would be issued after a report was compiled by officers in Mpongwe.

NAREP national chairman Joseph Mushalika said the party had no information over the matter and it would take an official position after enquiring from its supporters on the ground.

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