Calm has returned to Nakonde District after people ran riot in protest of the lockdown necessitated by the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Residents of the border town engaged in running battles with police officers in protest of the lockdown claiming that they are hunger stricken due to the lockdown.
Muchinga Province Police Commissioner Joel Njase said police findings suggest that the riot was politically motivated by a named political party to frustrate government efforts of the lockdown in the fight against the spread of Covid-19.
Njase notes that Nakonde has always been a peaceful place and Covid 19 measures put in place should not bring unnecessary tension to the district.
President Edgar Lungu last week directed a lockdown on Nakonde to facilitate mass screening and testing among measures to control the escalating cases of the disease in the border district.