Human Rights Abuses on Barotse Detainee: Munyinda not yet charged, bail denied after a week

29 April 2017
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Munyinda Munukayumbwa (23) - Barotse activist

 

Munyinda Munukayumbwa, who was arrested on Friday last week for a yet to be known crime, has neither been formally charged nor accorded a bail hearing over a week after his arrest.

It, is however, alleged that he is the one who set ablaze the Suulu Local Court in Limulunga, an allegation he categorically denies.

It has also been established that Mwanamuke Isimwa, a social media ‘friend’ of his and a known Zambia ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party functionary, is the one who allegedly reported him to the authorities resulting in his arrest for his recent persistent social media criticism of Zambian president Lungu and Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II of Barotseland.

Munyinda is a known Barotse independence advocate who has been speaking out against the alleged corruption within the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE).

Meanwhile, the arresting officer has reportedly gone to Lusaka and away from possible reach to answer queries on the Munyinda arrest and consequent extended detention.

The people of Barotseland are often arrested and incarcerated without official charge or trial, even when the Zambian law provides for suspected offenders to be brought before the courts of law within 48 hours and thereby qualify for bail or police bond.

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