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Government Blames Opposition Party for Police Raid on Headquarters

The Patriotic Front administration has disassociated itself from a recent police raid of the headquarters of the United Party for National Development (UPND), instead blaming the opposition party for provoking the confrontation.

Responding to criticisms that the government ordered the raid against their political rivals, Home Affairs Deputy Minister Ngosa Simbyakula has stated that the police are professionals and government does not interfere in their operations.

Dr Simbyakula told journalists in Lusaka that Police make their own professional assessment according to their training, responding to questions from journalists who wanted to know if government issued instructions to Police to search the UPND secretariat.

Police this morning besieged the UPND Secretariat in Lusaka’s Rhodes Park area with a search warrant and sealed off Lagos Road as they looked for seditious materials.

Armed police officers kept vigil outside while others in plain clothes conducted the search which started about 09:20 hours Tuesday morning.

According to a search warrant obtained by ZNBC News, Police were looking for seditious materials at the UPND Secretariat.

UPND Vice President Richard Kapita, Secretary General Winstone Chibwe and lawyer Keith Mweemba were also at the Secretariat.

But the UPND officials at the scene were also very cautious and suspicious as they searched police officers before letting them onto the premises.

They did the search to prevent possibilities of anyone from planting incriminating evidence at the premises.

The search ended this afternoon around 12:00hrs.

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