We don’t want cops’ presence at Kaunda’s burial says UPND as Police repeat warning

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Police fires teargas on UPND cadres

THE UPND says it does not need Police presence as the party buries its member, Joseph Kaunda today who was shot dead on Wednesday.

Kaunda along with National Prosecutions Authority prosecutor Nsama Nsama were shot dead as UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema arrived for questioning at Police Force Headquarters in Lusaka on Wednesday.

Police have blamed the shooting on “unknown assailants”.

Nsama was put to rest yesterday in what Police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo described as “dignified manner without causing any mayhem”.

Katongo warned that the Police would deploy enough officers to deal with “all those who would be on the side of the law during Kaunda’s burial because there was information that some cadres were planning to attack some public institutions.

But UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma said;

“We wonder where the entire police get such falsehoods as intelligence reports”.

Kakoma said Kaunda was murdered by police.

“We want to request the police, who are the murderers, to stay away from the funeral service of our member’ Joseph Kaunda, tomorrow as their presence will just agitate the already tense situation in the country,” Kakoma stated in a statement.

“We can assure that the funeral service will be very peaceful if the police don’t come and provoke the mourners tomorrow,” he added.

Further, Kakoma said; “Equally we don’t expect provocation from political thugs belonging to the PF”.

But reacting to Kakoma’s statement, Katongo said Police had already issued a warning saying “A political party cannot give us restrictions”.

“Those thinking that we are joking should be in front themselves and not pushing other people’s children to the front,” Katongo said.

Katongo said no one will die but that Police would ensure law and order prevailed.

“We are not there to kill. We know our objectives very well,” she said.

“No one is above the law. We are members of the community with relatives also and we have a conscious. We can’t shield that which we know is wrong, never!” said Katongo

©Kalemba December 27, 2020

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