Zambia: Police raids opposition leader’s home, arrests 28

Zambia: Police raids opposition leader’s home, arrests 28

Zambian police have fired tear gas and made 28 arrests 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.

The raid comes just two days after a ban on political campaigning in parts of the country had been lifted, reports the BBC’s Meluse Kapatamoyo from the capital, Lusaka. 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.

“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. Read more 



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