Zambia’s Politics and campaigns
yesterday descended to a
dangerous security level when
Police attempts to quell an illegal
Opposition match and Political
Rally was met with gunfire.
The exchange of fire between
Police and UPND cadres calling
themselves “Security” occurred
around Kamwala and Central
Business District near downtown.
One person, a woman caught up, in
the crossfire is reportedly dead.
When Police fired teargas, they
were for rhe first time, met with
rapid gunfire prompting the crowd
control unit to temporarily retreat
and then return forcefully.
The Police were then involved in
running gun battles with the
Opposition cadres with Lusaka
Kamwala area testing what
appeared to be a war.
Lusaka Central Business District
was disturbed and shops and
banks promptly shut down.
Later the “UPND Security” was
seen matching through Cairo road
to Church Road and finally to their
party office in Rhodespark.
Calm has since returned to Lusaka
and an official statement is yet to
Police in conjunction with the
Electoral Commission of Zambia
(ECZ) advised that the Chawama
Rally be cancelled for fear of an
escalation of recent spate of
But the UPND ignored the police
order and proceeded to attempt to
hold the rally despite the
Zambia goes to the Polls in a few
weeks time on August 11th 2016.