NATIONAL Democratic Congress (NDC) cadres stage-managed a scheme to play victims, but the ploy backfired as they abandoned their vehicle in which police officers recovered two machetes, campaign flyers and an iphone.
The NDC cadres went on rampage about 02:00 hours yesterday using a white Toyota Hilux and unleashed stones on the PF Toyota Land Cruiser which had its windscreen shattered, Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga said.
Ms Katanga said yesterday that Aaron Chanda of Garden House in Lusaka reported an attack on the PF vehicle by NDC cadres who later abandoned their vehicle.
“The person who reported is a PF member who received information that five of their female party members were abducted by unidentified people,” she said.
Ms Katanga said after chasing the white Toyota Hilux, the police found it abandoned and recovered two machetes, NDC flyers, two caps and one iPhone.
She said one suspect was apprehended and he is in police custody.
She said another report was made by PF deputy campaign manager, Bowman Lusambo who, came across a white ford ranger white in colour with passengers who had machetes.
Ms Katanga said at the time of reporting, Mr Lusambo alleged that the three had offensives weapons.
Meanwhile, voting in the Roan parliamentary constituency by-election in Luanshya yesterday started on a high note as all the 43 polling stations opened at exactly 06: 00 hours.
Despite the commotion by the PF and NDC cadres on Wednesday night, the mood at the polling stations was calm and peaceful.
The turn-out in most polling stations was generally overwhelming in the predominantly mining area.
Luanshya District Electoral Officer Timothy Mambalakata said he had not received any incident of any polling station that had not opened.