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In colonial style persecution, the Zambian government has now separated and transferred jailed Barotseland leaders Afumba Mombotwa, Likando Pelekelo and Inamabo Kalima to state prisons far away from Barotseland where they will be isolated from friends and family.

 

As she travels to Mungu this Tuesday, Zambia’s vice president Inonge Wina is expected to face a barrage of questions concerning the fate of Barotseland independence leader Afumba Mombotwa and his two colleagues whose whereabouts are still unknown, over three days after they were whisked away from Mwembeshi maximum state prison under unclear circumstances.

AND continued efforts to get answers from Zambia’s permanent secretary to the contested region concerning the incarcerated Barotseland leaders proved futile today as secretary Mwangala Liomba, insisted he was ‘not in the position to give the right answers’ over the matter, promising, however, to refer all queries to her honour, the vice president of Zambia, when she visits the region on Tuesday 27th 2016.

Inonge Wina, a Lozi national herself, has struggled to get a stamp of approval from her fellow Barotse, with many considering her as a sellout for working with a government they consider 'illegitimate' after Barotseland’s March 2012 declaration of independence from Zambia.

She particularly did not help matters when she literally and shamelessly lied in Zambia’s parliament recently that Afumba Mombotwa, Likando Pelekelo and Kalima Inambao, currently serving ten year jail sentences each over Barotseland related matters, were not political prisoners but mere ‘remandees’ yet to be sentenced. This was in spite of Judge Dominic Sichinga’s March 9th 2016 ruling which sentenced the trio to ten years imprisonment, with hard labour, for Treason-felony under Section 45 of Zambia’s Penal Code.

The trio was, however, whisked out of Mwembeshi maximum prison in the facility’s ambulance to an unknown location on Thursday, making family and friends worry and fear for their safety. As such, Ms Wina, must now expect to answer all questions and account for their fate when she visits Barotseland’s capital this Tuesday.

Afumba Mombotwa (58), Likando Pelekelo (62) and Sylvester Inambao Kalima (55) are currently serving a ten year Zambian prison sentence each, with hard labor after they were arrested on the 5th of December 2014, for spearheading the set up of the Barotseland government in 2013.

This was in connection with the trio’s role in implementing Barotseland self-rule resolutions unanimously passed by the Barotse National Council (BNC) meeting of 27th March 2012, which called for Barotseland independence from Zambia after the latter repeatedly refused to restore a 1964 pre-independence treaty that guaranteed Barotseland’s autonomy within the new state of Zambia. The Barotseland Agreement of 1964 was, however, unilaterally annulled and abrogated systematically by Zambia’s first and successive governments without ever being implemented.

Over fifty years, several appeals to have the Barotseland Agreement 1964 restored and honored have been denied until the March 2012 BNC called for the independence of Barotseland from Zambia since the agreement that joined Barotseland to Zambia could no longer be restored.

However, those that have called for the honoring of the 1964 agreement have often been and continue to be arrested, tortured or killed by Zambian government agents under prevailing archaic sedition and treason laws.

Ever since the trio’s arrest, they have been in more than a couple of Zambian jails, where they continue to face deplorable treatment like common criminals, despite their alleged crimes being of a political nature.

 

Efforts to know where Barotseland Administrator General Afumba Mombotwa, Likando Pelekelo and Sylvester Inambao Kalima were taken after they were moved away from Mwembeshi state prison yesterday are still ongoing.

Their well-being is equally yet to be ascertained as the Zambia Prison authorities remain mute over the matter. Speculations are that the trio may have been moved to Livingstone or Mongu under unclear circumstances.

 

The imprisoned Barotseland administrator general, Afumba Mombotwa, Likando Pelekelo and Inambao Kalima have been taken out of Mwembeshi prison in unknown and suspicious circumstances, leaving family and friends who went to visit them this afternoon surprised and shocked, fearing that the trio may have been abducted out of the prison facility.

“Yes! They have been moved, but what we don’t know yet are the circumstances under which they have been moved out of Mwembeshi. They were abruptly being moved out using a hospital ambulance and yet the prison warden could neither explain nor disclose their suspicious removal from the prison.

“Upon reaching the prison at 14 hrs we actually witnessed the moving of our people to an unknown location and we are now afraid for their life,” disclosed a terrified family member who accompanied a couple of others to visit the Barotse political prisoners at Zambia’s Mwembeshi state prison.

They could not help but suspect foul play as the prison authorities have refused to reveal, equally pleading ignorance, what the abduction style move using a hospital ambulance was all about.

Meanwhile, those that followed the ambulance up to town (Lusaka), are reported to have lost sight of it due to heavy traffic.

Afumba Mombotwa (58), Likando Pelekelo (62) and Sylvester Inambao Kalima (55) are currently serving a ten year Zambian prison sentence each, with hard labor, over treason felony for allegedly usurping the powers of the Zambian executive, the charge and sentencing they continue to deny accusing the Zambian state of playing complainant, Judge, Jury and executioner all in one. This was in connection with their role in implementing Barotseland self-rule resolutions unanimously passed by the Barotse National Council (BNC) meeting of 27th March 2012, which called for Barotseland independence from Zambia after the latter repeatedly refused to restore a 1964 pre-independence treaty that guaranteed Barotseland’s autonomy within the new state of Zambia. The Barotseland Agreement of 1964 was, however, unilaterally annulled and abrogated systematically by Zambia’s first and successive governments without ever being implemented.

The three were arrested on the 5th of December 2014, for spearheading the setting up of the Barotseland government in 2013. Ever since their arrest, they have been in more than a couple of Zambian jails, where they continue to face deplorable treatment like common criminals, despite their alleged crimes being of a political nature.

Over fifty years, several appeals to have the Barotseland Agreement 1964 restored and honored have been denied until the March 2012 BNC called for the independence of Barotseland from Zambia since the agreement that joined Barotseland to Zambia could no longer be restored.

However, those that have called for the honoring of the 1964 agreement have often been and continue to be arrested, tortured or killed by Zambian government agents under prevailing archaic sedition and treason laws.

The burial procession of the late Mwenda Mulundano will start with a morning church service on Thursday 22 December, 2016.

Therefore, mourners will, at 08:00 hrs local time, start off from the funeral house for Mungu Central Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church where the funeral service will be conducted.

After the church service, the procession will proceed to his farm plot located between Mabumbu and Limulunga where he will be put to rest.

 

Secretary of state for international affairs in the provisional Royal Barotseland Government (RBG) which was named by Barotseland Administrator General, Afumba Mombotwa, in August 2013 has died.

Professor Mwenda Mulundano (63) died yesterday, Monday, at 12:30 hrs local time at Lewanika General Hospital in Mongu where he was admitted the previous night following a rise in his blood sugar levels.

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