Accordingly, the State is expected to give their response to the Defence's grounds of appeal and heads of argument by Thursday morning so that the trial could then proceed with the view to possibly dispose of it the same day!
Meanwhile, scores of family members, including Mrs Afumba Mombotwa (left inset) and Mrs Kalima (not in picture), friends and other sympathizers were on-hand to support the accused Barotseland leaders who emerged in handcuffs.
Afumba Mombotwa was handcuffed to another unidentified prison inmate's hand, while Likando Pelekelo and Inambao Kalima were chained to each other’s hand.
Present to support them were their family and friends who came from as far away as Livingstone, Mongu, Lusaka and Copperbelt towns of Chililabombwe and Chingola among others.
Trial proceeds on Thursday, 6th of September 2018.
The appellants were in 2016 found guilty of a treason felony by the Zambian High Court for their role in the implementation of the 2012 Supreme Barotse National Council (BNC) and were convicted to 10 years imprisonment and hard labour.
The particulars of the offence were that Afumba Mombotwa, Pelekelo Likando, and Sylvester Kalima Inambao, on a date unknown but between the 1st day of March, 2012 and 20th day of August, 2013 at Mongu, Sioma, Senanga, Livingstone and other places unknown in the Republic of Zambia, jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown, did prepare and endeavour to have Western Province secede from the rest of the part of the Sovereign Republic of Zambia.