Zambia police tear gas opposition leader's home

LUSAKA - Zambian police have fired tear gas during a raid on the home of opposition vice-presidential candidate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba.

Officers were looking for people they allege had vandalised election posters and fled to the property.

A police spokesman said petrol bombs were also found, but Mr Mwamba's party has said they were planted.

There have been growing concerns over political violence in Zambia ahead of next month's general election.

Mr Mwamba, who was not in the house in Kasama in the country's Northern Province at time, said his grandchildren were injured during the raid.

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"My small grandchildren have been taken to hospital as they have been victims of this barbaric act carried out by the police," he said in a post on his Facebook page.

Mr Mwamba is the running mate of the United Party for National Development's presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema.

Northern Province Police Commissioner Bonnie Kapeso said the police officers had to use tear gas in order to get the people they were chasing out of the house.

They made 28 arrests, he added.

Zambians go to the poll on 11 August to elect a president and a new parliament.

Incumbent President Edgar Lungu, from the Patriotic Front, is facing a tough challenge from Mr Hichilema.

Comments (1)

Come on Zambia get a grip, you are better than this. You are going back to the same cesspit politics zanu and its adherents like to swim, drink & live in.

Galore - 20 July 2016

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