One opposition supporter was on Wednesday seriously injured after supporters of rival candidates in Zambia’s presidential election clashed in the western part of the southern African nation. Supporters of the governing Patriotic Front (PF) and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) clashed in the provincial town of Mongu early on Wednesday, leaving one member of the opposition party with a deep cut on his head after he was hit by a plank. The opposition party said in a statement that the incident happened as party members wanted to escort their leader Hakainde Hichilema who was about to fly out of the town after holding campaign rallies.
Police have since arrested one member of the governing party following the attack while the opposition member is said to be in a stable condition.
Pockets of violence, mainly between supporters of the PF and the UPND, have flared up during campaigns ahead of the presidential election necessitated by the death of President Michael Sata last October.