Editor General, Barotseland Post
A month ago, this publication announced the release from prison of Afumba Mombotwa, Inambao Kalima and Likando Pelekelo, after what was understood to be a finalized court dismissal of their ten-year prison sentences by the Supreme Court.
Apparently, the three Barotse Political Prisoners are still incarcerated in their respective prisons. A check at Zambia’s Luwingu, Kasama and Mansa State Prisons has confirmed that the three are still indeed incarcerated in spite of the reported dismissal of their treason felony case.
The Zambian state has often been accused of treating Barotse people differently from other Zambians under the national judicial systems, and the nine Barotse arrested in Livingstone over two weeks ago is the latest case to prove that state-sponsored mistreatment of Lozi people in Zambia not only exists but is also on the increase.
Since their arrest over two weeks ago on allegations that they addressed the media without permission, the nine Lozis are yet to be accorded either a trial or a bail hearing, while for the moment they continue to suffer deplorable prison conditions like convicted criminals.
The planned Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) dialogue with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) on the defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964 would be applauded if it were not merely another installment of the now familiar Zambian treachery aimed at pacifying the ongoing demands for Barotseland independence. Sadly, some Barotse people are falling for their deception once again.
Kenya's Supreme Court has annulled the result of the country's recent presidential election.
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Since Zambia’s Edgar Lungu resorted to ruling the nation using colonial style emergency powers on 5th July 2017, state terror has escalated especially targeting perceived political opponents such as Barotseland self-determination activists and others with divergent views to his style of governance.
It is this publication’s editorial position to publicize the divergent voices of the social, political and economic aspirations of the people of Barotseland who have suffered decades of isolation and underdevelopment in the ill fated fifty plus years old ‘union’ with the Republic of Zambia that should have been regulated by the now defunct pre-independence Barotseland Agreement 1964.