|FILE: The MMD used the military
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Police in Lusaka have seized 37 of the many trucks that
were being used by the MMD during their campaigns in last week’s elections which
saw PF’s Michael Sata being elected Republican President.
within the police yesterday told The Post that the trucks were seized early this
week and police were investigating how the vehicles were brought into the
country and whether or not duty was paid on them.
The source disclosed
that there were about 47 trucks shared among MMD officials when it was announced
that Rupiah Banda had lost the election.
The source said although there
were few vehicles parked at Lusaka Central Police, more were believed to have
been taken to different parts of the country.
When contacted for comment,
Lusaka police commanding officer Mhlakeni Zulu said the trucks parked at the
police were found abandoned by the MMD at their campaign centre in Woodlands
while others were discovered at an inactive garage in Koumboka area.
found them abandoned so we suspected that they were not meant for a good
purpose,” he said. “We want to establish how they found themselves not attended
to because this is property with value and someone should account for
Asked whether the police investigations would be extended to
allegations that the trucks were brought into the country without paying duty,
Zulu said if those allegations were proved and need arose, Interpol
international police would be involved.
“Our concern is to secure it
property and if we establish that someone was trying to be funny, we will arrest
them,” he said.
And captured fugitive, William Banda, has been
transferred from Chipata to Lusaka to face charges bordering on inciting
Sources confirmed that a three-vehicle convoy carrying Banda,
the MMD Lusaka Province chairperson accused of political violence during the
fallen-regime's heyday, arrived in Lusaka at dawn on Tuesday.
Banda was brought to the Police Force Headquarters around 03:00 hours this
morning. He was brought under tight security. He has now left force headquarters
and taken to Lusaka division,” a highly placed source said.
spokesperson Ndandula Siamana also confirmed that Banda had been brought to
Lusaka from Chipata because the alleged offence was committed in
Siamana said police were still investigating Banda for allegedly
proposing violence during last week’s general elections campaigns.