News Editor, Barotseland Post
THE Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) says there is nothing to frighten them over the petition to the Mongu High Court by four individuals to have the Litunga vacate the throne.
The BRE’s Induna Imandi told The Mast that none of the 19 allegations of incompetence and fraud raised by the quartet had credibility.
He said what the petitioners were claiming was “all rubbish” and that “there is nothing to frighten us”.
The embattled Litunga of Barotseland, Lubosi Imwiko II, has been dragged to a Zambian court by some of his subjects for alleged gross incompetence and abuse of authority.
After a successful launch in Australia and Lusaka Zambia, the TLS Foundation held its official launch in Mungu on Saturday 14th January, 2017 at 13:30hrs at Barotseland’s King Lewanika General Hospital.
An Angolan official has said on Wednesday that they had recorded the country’s first two cases of the Zika virus, just three months after a yellow fever epidemic which killed at least 400 people was brought under control, Reuters has reported.
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.