The Zambian state has often been accused of treating Barotse people differently from other Zambians under the national judicial systems, and the nine Barotse arrested in Livingstone over two weeks ago is the latest case to prove that state-sponsored mistreatment of Lozi people in Zambia not only exists but is also on the increase.
Since their arrest over two weeks ago on allegations that they addressed the media without permission, the nine Lozis are yet to be accorded either a trial or a bail hearing, while for the moment they continue to suffer deplorable prison conditions like convicted criminals.
10th may, 2018.
We hereby wish to advise that the Barotseland Administrator General, Afumba Mombotwa, and his two colleagues, Likando Pelekelo and Inambao Kalima, who just got freed from the more than three-year prison ordeal, will not be traveling to Mongu as soon as earlier desired.
The Limulunga BRE clique, working with their cohorts, Mutungulu Wanga and Nyambe Namushi, have requested the Zambian government to finance a working cash budget of K815, 900.00, in addition to other logistics like vehicles, fully equipped secretariat and legal services, to allegedly mobilize and put up the purported dialogue with the Zambian government over the defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964.
And BRE's Ngambela Nyambe Mwenda has praised the Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu for his willingness to resolve the Barotseland impasse once and for all, but has appealed to the president and his government to quickly help the royal establishment with the cash and logistics requested so that they could immediately organize the dialogue before the Barotse ‘overpowered’ them with opposition.
CONFIRMED! Incarcerated Barotseland Administrator, Afumba Mombotwa, and Likando Pelekelo and Inambao Kalima have all been set free, after what appears to be a dismissal of their treason felony case conviction by the Supreme Court of Zambia.
And our relievable sources have revealed that the three leaders will arrive in Barotseland’s Capital of Mongu, tomorrow, 8th of may, 2018, where they will be reunited with their friends, family, and sympathizers!
Barotseland political activists have demanded that the Zambian state unconditionally releases all Barotse political prisoners held in various Zambian jails, including Afumba Mombotwa before they can talk of any dialogue.
In a Joint Communiqué, the political activists have also laid down five (5) other demands as pre-conditions for any present and future dialogue with the Zambian government, failure to which they will not participate in any dialogue process with the Zambian state.
Here below is the Joint Communiqué in full.
The people of Barotseland will be shocked to discover that the so-called BRE/GRZ dialogue on Barotseland Agreement 1964 (BA’64) will, in fact, be used to completely wipe out both the 1964 agreement, which gives the region semi-autonomy and the 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) resolutions for Barotseland independence.
“The strength of Barotseland is in its nationals, which is why it will last for as long as its people. The Litunga and his people are one, and there is no Litunga without the people! The Litunga is King of Barotseland and not King of Zambia! LUBOSI IMWIKO II WILL NOT BE KING IF HE IS SEPARATED FROM THE BAROTSE, AND THIS SEEMS TO BE LUNGU’S ENDGAME!”
17th April 2018
Office of the Administrator General,
Royal Barotseland Government.
We wish to urge all the citizens of Barotseland and supporters of the Royal Barotseland Government in transition, that on-going mobilization for Barotseland self-government will continue as the Supreme Barotse National Council of March 2012 mandated.