By ZANGOSE CHAMBWA and ALEX NJOVU
POLICE have arrested five people who are suspected of participating in the riots at Chisokone market in Kitwe on Thursday.
And property worth over K300 million was destroyed during the riot which erupted at the market after traders went on rampage following the death of their colleague Charles Kalenga, who died after he was allegedly beaten by members of the Zambia National Marketeers Association (ZANAMA) neighbourhood watch.
Police spokesperson Bonnie Kapeso said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that the five suspects who allegedly burnt property are facing arson charges.
Mr Kapeso said the five have been identified as Patrick Chongo, 20, Chrispine Musungu, 35, Evans Witika, 38, Elastus Munshya, 27, and a man popularly known as General Wuwe.
He said the suspects are expected to appear in court next week.
And Minister of Home Affairs Lameck Mangani has warned political leaders not to politicise the riots at Chisokone market.
Mr Mangani said some named members of Parliament are alleged to have spearheaded the violence at the market to bring disorder.
He said this in Lusaka yesterday during a press briefing.
Mr Mangani said it is sad that certain names of MPs have been mentioned in connection with the Chisokone riots.
“Police are investigating the matter and all those who will be found wanting will be brought to book for taking the law into their hands,” he said.
Mr Mangani also said the police are still investigating circumstances which led to the death of the marketeer.
He advised the Kitwe City Council (KCC) not to take a partisan approach when dealing with the matter.
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