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The reported response to statement on my facebook page neither addresses nor disagrees with the issue I raised. Instead, it restates the usual personal attacks and misrepresentation of what is said.

Mr. Hakainde Hichilema and UPND have my good wish in the Zambian election campaign. But let us restate the points I raised, whose message is simply that the Barotseland issue is too serious to continue being used as a Zambian election door mat.

1. I pray that we shall not continue to entertain campaigners for personal or partisan political offices to playing and cheating over Barotseland. Aka or no aka, someone has responded that “Barotseland should not be used as a doormat for entry into Zambia’s State House.”— This is my prayer; I do not purport to command how/whether it is answer. This is up to the Barotse people, authorities and organisations, who have their own representatives, and among whom I do not count myself.

2. During the run up to President Kaunda taking over as Zambia’s Prime Minister-cum-President and UNIP forming government, they signed the Barotseland Agreement 1964, only to abrogate and dishonestly condemn it. Aka or no Aka this is a statement of fact, and proof of it is available and it is condemnable! Therefore, is stand by it

3. During 1991 presidential and parliamentary election campaign President Kenneth Kaunda promised (in a formal letter to the Litunga Yeta the Fourth) to solve the Barotseland issue and even pay for Barotse Government lawyers, but only to continue criminalizing even speaking about the Agreement. Aka or no Aka this is a statement of fact, and proof of it is available and it is condemnable! Therefore, is stand by it

4. During the 2011 elections President Michael Sata promised (in public rally and mass media) to restore the Barotseland, Agreement, only to contemptuously renegade and turn Barotseland into an armed police state with never ending arrests and judicial terrorism against even children. Aka or no Aka this is a statement of fact, and proof of it is available and it is condemnable! Therefore, is stand by it

5. Now, during the already set electioneering and in the midst of chaos caused by taxi drivers offered free fuel by a campaigning presidential candidate and his political party, it is reported that there is campaign promise to solve the Barotseland issue!! Of this statement it was reported, subject to confirmation, that a presidential candidate and his political party, it is reported that there is campaign promise to solve the Barotseland issue. I did not in my statement name the presidential candidate or the political party – because there was a possibility that the reports may not have been accurate.

But, as it is said, “Impila ya Mushi…..!” (Unless one is the addressee, one does not answer to public address accusations!) Now, the Barotse Post has since posted that “Zambia’s United Party for National Development president Hakainde Hichilema is reported to have … promised to find a lasting solution to the Barotseland question when UPND and forms government in 2016 if elected in the Zambian presidential and general election”

And the open letter addressed to me has stated that “there is nothing wrong with Mr. Hichilema stating that a long lasting solution should be found for the people of western province”

I agree, just as I agree with anyone stating that a long lasting solution should be found for the people of Palestine or for people living with cancer. My concern is with the reported statement that this lasting solution is for “when UNDP forms government in 2016 if elected in the Zambian presidential and general election.” On my part, the statement is alright if it is honestly not tied to anyone being voted to form government or winning election, and not a forked hook for fishing Barotse votes.

AKASHAMBATWA MBIKUSITA-LEWANIKA, Namishukwe House, Malo Maya Homestead, Liambai Road, Mongu-Lealui,

nchitoFIFTY-FOUR Barotseland activists who were facing a charge of treason have been set free.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito yesterday entered a nolle prosequi against the remaining 54 activists.

There were initially 84 activists held for allegedly agitating for the breakaway of Western Province from the rest of Zambia, but 30 were released last month.

State prosecutor Grace Sanduke told senior magistrate Aridah Chuulu when the matter came up for mention yesterday that her office had received instructions from the DPP’s chambers to enter a nolle against the activists.

This was in a case in which Clement Sinyinda, a former Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) prime minister, and 53 others were charged with treason.

Magistrate Chuulu then informed the activists that the instructions from the DPP’s chambers to enter a nolle prosequi merely meant that they should be discharged and that it was not an acquittal.

“Having received instructions from the DPP, I now discharge all of you. This is not an acquittal but a discharge, the State can still arrest you in future if they deem it fit,” she said.

Mr Sinyinda, in an interview, said he was happy that he and others had been set free at last after spending over three months in prison.

Source: Times of Zambia

Lusaka High Court
Lusaka High Court

THE Lusaka high court has transferred from Mongu to Lusaka a treason case involving former Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) Ngambela Clement Sinyinda and 83 others.
Judge Evans Hamaundu said in his ruling yesterday that he was changing the venue of the case to Lusaka because it was more convenient than Mongu.
Mr Justice Hamaundu also transferred the detention of the accused persons from Mongu prison to Mwembeshi open prison in Mumbwa.
This is in a matter in which the State had requested for the transfer of the hearing and detentions to Mumbwa court and prisons respectively, citing security concerns.
But the activists led by Sinyinda had objected to the application, saying there were no disturbances that had arisen during their appearance in the Mongu magistrates’ court.
They contended that their relatives and supporters only cheered after court sessions.
Mr Justice Hamaundu said in his ruling yesterday that he had inquired from the Mongu magistrate’s court but he was informed that there had been no disturbances in court.
He, however, said that if the matter was moved to Mumbwa as was requested by the State, it would mean that the accused persons would be required to appear in Kabwe where there is only one court room and would in the process affect other matters.
Mr Justice Hamaundu further said that he was changing the venue to Lusaka because there were several courts with many judges who would handle two or more parallel court sessions.
He said Mumbwa was good for accommodation of the suspects because of the Mwembeshi prison which was more spacious.
Mr Justice Hamaundu said “trial is convenient here in Lusaka so I have changed the venue from Mongu to Lusaka”.

Source: Times of Zambia

Emmanuel Mwambawith the Litunga and VP in the background
The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has described the transfer of Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba as a remarkable gain for the nation but a sad loss for Western for his focused leadership on development.
Speaking when Mr. Mwamba went to bid farewell to the Litunga, Lubosi Imwiko at Lealui Palace, Induna Inete stated that a dark cloud hang over Western Province when the transfer was announced. He however stated that the BRE has embraced the decision of Mr. Mwamba and trusted the wisdom of President Michael Sata to give him other responsibility.
AND speaking later at a farewell party at Mongu Trades College Hall, held in the honour of Mr. Mwamba, BRE representative, Induna Kalonga Siisii stated that the Permanent Secretary was a vibrant and energetic leader who worked beyond the call of his duty.
Induna Kalonga Siisii stated that the BRE appreciated his focus on government development initiatives. He said that although MR. Mwamba only came to the province in February 2013, his name will be spoken about in the province for many years.
He said that his visionary leadership and his open door policy ensured that many people from stakeholders were able to see him and resolve community initiatives.
He thanked President Michael Sata for ensuring that resources were shared to provinces for the first time in the history. He said that Western Province was now enjoying massive development programs and Mr. Mwamba took time to let people know about the government initiatives.
He commended Mr. Mwamba for reviving the cashew project in Western Province and for helping re-align agriculture programs so that the focus shifted Livestock, fisheries and wetland crops.
Induna Kalonga said that he hoped that the new Western Province Permanent Secretary, AmosMalupenga will adopt the agenda of development with enthusiasm. He said Mr. Malupenga was a seasoned administrator in his own right and hoped that he would use his experience to the benefit of the province.
The function was attended by district commissioners, senior government officials, businessmen and many Mongu Residents.
Last week, President Michael Sata transferred Mr. Mwamba to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting swapping him with Mr. Amos Malupenga.

By Nason Msoni

Political activist Nason Msoni
Political activist Nason Msoni
The state should be urged to exercise maximum restraint and due diligence when considering slapping suspects with the death threatening sentence charge of treason.

Treason related cases if not properly handled can have personal disastrous consequences on detainees.
We expect government to be more responsible and careful when considering the appropriate charges to be slapped on alleged suspects.

The wholesome charging of the more than 53 barotse activists with the offence of treason is irresponsible and unacceptable behaviour by the Zambian government.

We still feel that the alleged offence does not merit and meet the threshold of treason in the true sense. The parameter of democracy is wide and open to bouncing-off ideas and therefore we think it is criminal conduct on the part of government to stifle open debate with the use of state sponsored violence by arresting the advocates indiscriminately.

We expect government to have a human face when considering the charge of treason. Treason has the potential of destroying lives, not just the lives of detainees but also the innocent families of suspects themselves. Families are subjected to untold sufferings and miseries as the breadwinner is held and detained indefinitely. The true victims punished and sentenced are the children and their spouses.

Charges of treason should always be reviewed to ensure that suspects are not abused and charged wrongly by those who seek to use the state apparatus to pursue their own vindictive activities by slapping the charge of treason indiscriminately.

Accordingly we urge government to reconsider the outrageous charge slapped on the barotse detainees.
We think injustice on these fine young men is injustice on everyone and everywhere.

We think holding them indefinitely and later entering the infamous nolle pros-quo is terrible injustice to the detainees.

upndUnited Party for National Development (UPND) National youth Chairperson Likando Mufalali has called on government to make public the report of the Rodger Chongwe led commission of enquiry on the Barotseland Agreement.

Mr Mufalali who is also Senanga Member of Parliament says government should make the report public for the Zambian people to know the findings of the commission of enquiry.

The Parliamentarian wonders why the PF government has not honored and resolved the issue of the Barotseland Agreement as promised during the 2011 campaigns.

Mr. Mufalali has since urged the PF government to ensure that the Barotseland agreement issue is resolved amicably.

Source: QFM


copPOLICE in Mongu have picked up a 50-year-old teacher for alleged involvement in the production of seditious material.
Western Province Police chief Lombe Kamukoshi and provincial Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba confirmed the development yesterday.
Ms Kamukoshi identified the suspect as Masialeti Masiye, a teacher at Sioma Secondary School.
Ms Kamukoshi said the suspect, who was on the run, was apprehended at Kasima village near a site where a stadium would be built in a house of a witchdoctor identified as Chibi Namakando aged 37.
Police managed to corner the suspect on Wednesday night who was also involved in last week’s protest.
“Police last night (Wednesday) picked up Mr Masiye who was among the people on the run after being involved in last week’s protest. He was found being sheltered by a witchdoctor in Mongu,” Ms Kamukoshi said.
Police also apprehended the witchdoctor, while the search for Afumba Mombotwa who was alleged to have circulated a video showing him being sworn-in as the administrator general of Barotseland was still on.
At the weekend, Mr Mwamba suspended four civil servants that were allegedly involved in last week’s Barotse protest.
The four were Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) public prosecutor Muleta Kalaluka of Mongu, Community Development officer, Mutaba Mutaba, District Works supervisor, Lawrence Mukena and Mr Masiye in whose house the purported administrator general allegedly made a video of the swearing-in ceremony and address.
On August 14, 2013, Linyungandambo chairperson, Mr Mombotwa was alleged to have circulated a video of the swearing-in ceremony.
The video of Mr Mombotwa, which was shot in Sioma was made available on the internet blog sites, the Barotse Post and Barotse Radio on August 15, 2013.
The four suspended officials allegedly acted with the 45 protestors that were arrested on the August 15, 2013.
Of the 45, nine were arrested in Mongu and another nine in Senanga, while 27 were arrested in Kalabo following a synchronised public demonstration.
The 45 were mostly members of the Linyungandambo association.
Police confiscated banners, Linyungandambo identity cards, fliers, CDS and other documentation.
All those arrested would appear in court for plea on September 3, this year.

Source: Times of Zambia

His Excellency, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata,
President of the Republic of Zambia.
State House – Lusaka – Zambia.

We are appealing for a peacefully solution to the Kingdom of Barotseland conflict where it stated “that a negotiated settlement is not only cost-effective, but also stands the best chance of bringing about restorative justice and hence, a durable resolution of the Barotseland dispute.” Another fact that in October 1964, then Zambian Prime Minister Kenneth Kaunda and His Royal Highness Litunga (i.e. King) of Barotseland, Sir Mwanawina Lewanika, signed an agreement incorporating the autonomous Barotseland Kingdom into Zambia which later on was abrogated in 1969 by Kenneth Kaunda without the consent of His Royal Highness Litunga (i.e. King) Sir Mwanawina Lewanika and Citizens of Barotseland.

The human rights violations committed by the Zambian Government on Barotseland soil which included “mass arbitrary arrests and detentions, summary executions, torture, enforced disappearances and prolonged detention without trial”. The Barotseland Nationals are kidnapped, intimidated, tortured, denied food and water for several days and are taken round to almost every part of Zambia while in handcuffs, the use of force by the Zambian Security Wings as a means of achieving their objectives, violence and intimidation in Barotseland will not produce non resolving problems and cause total mess. The Zambian Government have developed a vicious circle of Killing, intimidation etc in and out Barotseland, we therefore ask all beloved Barotseland Nationals to be aware and open your eyes us war now is looming in Barotseland for Barotseland self determination.

Observing with keen interest of the way the current Zambian political leadership is handling the Barotseland issue through kidnapping, languishing, torturing, killing, hatred, violence and intimidation this is not the way to peace, the only way to resolve the dispute is only the road map for total independence of Barotseland shall be discussed, since the 1964 Barotseland Agreement cannot be discussed at this moment as it does not exist being abrogated by the Zambian Government in 1969.

We are convinced that Barotse dispute can be peacefully settled through a UN organized and supervised dialogue and referendum if the Zambian political leadership really wants to settle the dispute permanently

We demand for the stop and release of all the Barotse Nationals Activists arrested and an apology from the former first Zambian President Dr. Kenneth Kunda for abrogated 1964 Barotseland Agreement in 1969 and the currently Zambian President, Mr. M His Excellency, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, for kidnapping, languishing, torturing, Killing, hatred and intimidation of Barotse Nationals.

We humbly and firmly demand for full response, failure of which will compel us to no peacefully mean but war between Zambia and the Barotse Defence Force (BDF) of the Kingdom of Barotseland.

Issued by Commander: – Lt General Mwiya James.

Barotse Defence Force (BDF) – Former Barotseland Liberation Army (BLA).

Cc United Secretary General, His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki Moon
Cc: The International Criminal Court, The Hague, Royal Netherlands
Cc: The Secretary-General, Commonwealth
Cc: The Secretary-General, African Union
Cc: The Secretary-General, Amnesty International, UK
Cc: The President – International Criminal Court (ICC), Hague the Netherlands
Cc: The President -International Court of Justice (ICJ), Hague the Netherlands
Cc: The Secretary-General, SADC
Cc: Office of The Lord Chancellor (Minyolui) Royal Barotseland
Cc: The Administrator-General, Royal Barotseland
Cc: Embassies accredited to Zambia
Cc. The Council Churches of Zambia – Lusaka, Zambia.

magistratesTWENTY-SEVEN Barotse Agreement activists have appeared in a Mongu magistrates’ court for mention.
The suspects appeared before Magistrate Bernard Mwanandiwa and the matter will come up on September 3 for possible plea.
The other 18 were appearing in different courts for their involvement in activities likely to cause the breach of the peace.
Over the weekend, Western Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba suspended four civil servants who were involved in last week’s Barotse Agreement protests.
The four were Drug-Enforcement Commission (DEC) public prosecutor Muleta Kalaluka from Mongu, Mutaba Mutaba, a community development officer and district works supervisor, Lawrence Mukena.
The other was a teacher from Sioma Secondary School, Masialeti Masiye, in whose house the so-called administrator general, Afumba Mombotwa made a video of the swearing-in ceremony.
On August 14, this year, the purported Linyunga Ndambo chairperson, Afumba Mombotwa was alleged to have circulated a video showing him being sworn in as administrator general of Barotseland. He is currently on the run together with his co-conspirators.
The so-called swearing-in video of Mombotwa which was shot in Sioma was made available on the Internet blog sites, the Barotse Post and Barotse Radio on August 15.
The four suspended officials are among the 45 protestors who were arrested on August 15 following the circulation of the so called swearing-in-ceremony video.
Of the 45, nine were arrested in Mongu and another nine in Senanga while 27 were nabbed in Kalabo following a synchronised public demonstration.
Police confiscated banners, Linyunga Ndambo identity cards, fliers, compact discs and other documentation.
The registrar of societies in a statement issued by Ministry of Home Affairs public relations officer, Moses Suwali, denounced the Linyunga Ndambo Association for pursuing what he said was a ‘criminal agenda and acts inimical to national security’.
Chief Registrar of Societies Kakoma Kanganja stated categorically that the association was illegal as it was not registered with his office and any attempts to register the group would not be condoned.

Source: Times of Zambia

mbSECURITY wings in Western Province have detained 45 people and launched a manhunt for two others in connection with propagating the secession of the area from the rest of Zambia.
The 45 aged between 23 and 37 were currently in police custody for participating in the act pending court appearance today.
Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba and his Home Affairs counterpart Edgar Lungu confirmed the development to journalists in Mongu on Saturday after leading members of the defence forces in conducting routine security checks in some parts of the province.
Mr Mwamba and Mr Lungu identified the duo currently on the run as Mumbutwa, who declared himself as Administrator-General for Barotseland, and Masiye, a teacher at Sioma High School.
The 45 were nabbed between August 14 and 17, 2013, comprising 27 from Kalabo, nine in Senanga and another nine in Mongu.
The arrested youths were said to have been promised employment as police officers and soldiers in the new State of Barotseland.
It was currently not known who was financing the secession activities, but Mr Mwamba believed it was some “hardcore characters” who might not even be Western Province residents.
“We have found that there is a gentleman, in fact an activist, by the name of Mumbutwa and he has declared himself as Administrator-General of the Barotseland and on the 15th of August, 2013 he actually even wanted to hoist his flag.
“It’s a very serious offence hoisting a flag within a Government. You see, you can’t declare a government within a government. That is treasonable and in any case if he is found, because I believe he is on the run, we have to make sure that the law deals with him severely because he can’t declare a State within a State,” Mr Mwamba said.
He said Mumbutwa’s plans to hoist a Barotseland flag were thwarted by alert security wings and that Mr Masiye’s house belonging to the Ministry of Education was believed to have been used as a meeting place for such clandestine activities.
Mr Mwamba and his entourage visited the house in question, which had since been deserted, situated at Sioma High School premises and held a closed-door meeting at the premises.
“I would like to appeal to our youths here in Western Province that they should not be swayed by such kind of characters. They are being cheated that once they also become a State they will employ them as police officers and soldiers,” he said.
Mr Mwamba said such activities were unacceptable and urged the people in the province to desist from treasonable vices, warning that those that defied his advice risked going to prison if the law caught up with them.
And Mr Lungu said the 45 were likely to appear in court today, but that Government wanted to seek the indulgence from the Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito as there were various offences related to the crime.
Mr Lungu said some of the people currently in detention were apprehended after being found with placards celebrating the declaration of Barotseland as a State.
“So there are various offences which have arisen out of the misconducts, but we are seeking the indulgence of the DPP. For now, a good number of those found with cases will appear in court on Monday (today). The two on the run should just surrender themselves,” he said.
Mr Lungu reiterated that the offences differed from one individual to another, but that he could not say how many would appear for certain offences, saying that would partly be left to the DPP to decide.
He said despite the arrest of the 45 Barotseland secession activists, Western Province was generally peaceful as there was no breakdown.

Source: Times of Zambia


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