Police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo has stated that the confrontation took place around 07:30 hours when a UPND supporter was dragged to the police station by PF cadres for allegedly being in possession of a voters’ register.
Police dispersed the cadres to quell the confusion.
At this point, PF cadres ran to Sesheke Council Guest House but police pursued them.
In their pursuit, police broke doors to the Guest House rooms where the PF cadres were, but it is not known whether any arrests were made.
“At about 07:30 hours today 12th February, 2019, there was a confrontation between supporters of the Patriotic Front and UPND in Sesheke. This was after a suspected UPND supporter was allegedly found with a voter register by some suspected PF cadres who later apprehended him and took him to Sesheke Police Station.
When word went around that a UPND cadre had been dragged to the Police, a group of UPND supporters went to the Police Station with a view of rescuing their colleague who had been dragged to Police and that was when the two camps, the PF and UPND, clashed right at the Police Station and confusion ensued,” Katongo stated. “Police moved in to disperse the unruly cadres from both UPND and PF and in the process, some PF cadres dashed to Sesheke Council Guest house where they were pursued by Police. Police command in Western Province has instituted investigations to establish what could have transpired at the Council Guest house between Police and the cadres. Two suspected UPND cadres have been apprehended and detained for being in possession of offensive weapons (machetes) while six suspected PF cadres sustained injuries and are admitted to Sesheke District Hospital.”