Zambian Police Arrest 19 People After Ruling Party Clashes
Zambian police arrested 19 people after at least one person was killed in a clash between rival factions of the ruling party yesterday, a spokeswoman said.
Police in riot gear used tear gas to contain a group of Patriotic Front supporters wielding machetes. The clashes started along the road to the country’s biggest airport in the capital, Lusaka, and spread to the central business district, police spokeswoman Charity Munganga-Chanda said today by phone from the city.
Tension within the ruling Patriotic Front has increased as party leaders position themselves to succeed President Michael Sata. Defense Minister Geoffrey Mwamba is challenging plans by Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba to take over from the president, according to an Oct. 24 note from Eurasia Group, the Washington-based political risk consultancy.
“We managed to arrest 19 in connection with the confusion,” Munganga-Chanda said. “The case is still under investigation, and we’ll probably pick up some more people in connection.”
Three people were killed in the clashes, the Lusaka-based Post newspaper reported today, citing police and hospital management. The police recorded one death and the number may change as investigations continue, Munganga-Chanda.
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