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CADRES from Patriotic Front (PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND) exchanged punches in Kasempa district in North Western Province ahead of a by-election in Nkenyauna ward.

North Western Province commissioner of police, Hudson Namachila, confirmed the incident which occurred on Saturday saying three PF members have since been admitted at Mukinge mission hospital after they were badly injured by UPND members.

“So far we have recorded 9 cases of assault while three PF cadres have been admitted at Mukinge mission hospital where they are receiving treatment,” he said.

He said Investigations are underway to pinpoint and arrest culprits.

“In addition to that, we have sent an excess of 40 officers to reinforce Kasempa police to forestall the violence ahead of the by-election in Nkenyauna ward,” he added.

Meanwhile, PF campaign manager Martin Mbaya told the Daily Nation that the acts of violence by UPND was a sign of defeat. He said the opposition political party members have resorted to violence and intimidation because they are headed for defeat. “That’s a sign of defeat, they know they are headed for a defeat and that is why they have resorted to violence,” he said.

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