Barotseland independence activists' Supreme Court trial continues on Thursday, 6th September

04 September 2018
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Mrs. Afumba Mombotwa (left inset), Defence Lawyer Kachaka (Center) and others at the Ndola Supreme Court today, 4th September, 2018

 

The Supreme Court of Zambia, sitting in Ndola, has given the defence one more day to allow them time to prepare and file grounds of appeal and heads of argument for his clients out of time.

This was after the appellants' lawyer revealed that he and his clients only received all necessary case records on Saturday and hence his request to have more time to file in all his arguments.

And after appearing before Supreme Court Judge, Her Hon. Lady Justice E.C Muyovwe, as lead Judge, sitting together with two other Supreme Court judges, the Hon. Mr Justice E.M Hamaundu and the Hon. Justice J Chinyama, the Defense Counsel was grateful that the judges were very kind to have allowed him and his clients another chance to file all grounds of appeal and heads of argument, and also that the presiding judges were very eager to see that the trial proceeds on Thursday this very week.

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.

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