SEVEN petrol bombs and an assortment of weapons have been recovered by Police at the Kasama residence of UPND vice president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, popularly known as GBM.
Northern Province police commissioner Bony Kapeso confirmed the recovery of the weapons during the raid at the house around 05:00hours yesterday after UPND cadres clad in party regalia and chanting anti-PF songs went to hide when they were confronted by police for tearing down PF posters around the town centre.
Mr Kapeso said after a show down with the police, the cadres ran into Mr Mwamba’s house in which 28 other cadres were found and arrested as they sought refuge while throwing missiles at the officers.
“A group of UPND cadres around 05:00hours clad in their party regalia went around Kasama Town centre tearing down PF campaign posters and when they were confronted by police, they ran into Mr Mwamba’s residential compound where they started throwing stones and empty beer bottles at the police.
“Officers then discharged a teargas canister into the premises and used force to apprehend 28 cadres, and recovered 7 petrol bombs, a panga, a knife and several iron bars,” he said.
Mr Kapeso said some of those arrested were found hiding in the master bedroom where they locked themselves up.
Mr Kapeso warned that they would not tolerate violence in the province and would deal firmly with all perpetrators of the vice regardless of their political affiliation.
The items found at the premises have since been confiscated by police, and the 28 suspects remanded in custody.
But UPND secretary general Stephen Katuka has refuted the alleged petrol bombs recovered from the premises, that “what they claim to have found were, in fact, empty bottles, as you might find in any residence.”
He alleged that large amounts of money totaling over K300, 000 has since gone missing during the police raid.
And Mr Mwamba via his Facebook posting described the raid as barbaric after 28 youths were arrested with the recovery of several offensive weapons.
The UPND presidential running mate said the 28 UPND youths were at his premises to provide security but that they were rounded up and arrested after police broke the doors and teargased the house.
The Police surrounded the house at 04:00 hours after an urgent security tip-off and stormed the house.
Police were shocked to find 28 people in the small two-bedroomed house where pangas, catapults and petrol bombs were recovered.