Jailed Barotseland leader in mourning again after second son dies in months

02 October 2017
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Incarcerated Barotseland leader, Likando Pelekelo’s third born son has died barely six months after his first born son died earlier in the year.  Joe Likando died on the 25th September 2017 after a short illness.

“Yes! I wish to sadly confirm that Joe was admitted to the hospital after a sudden illness but could not recover, and within five days he passed away,” announced a friend of the family.

In the early hours of Wednesday, 28th March 2017, Hon. Likando Pelekelo’s first born son, Suya Likando, 28, died, also after a sudden short illness, at Induna Akashambatwa's home in Namayula area of Lukulu Region.

Likando Pelekelo, Barotseland Administrator General Afumba Mombotwa and Inambao Kalima are currently serving ten year jail sentences each with hard labour far from their families and loved ones in the remotest parts of Luapula and Northern provinces  of Zambia for their role in establishing a transitional government in the contested territory of Barotseland after it unanimously declared independence from Zambia in 2012 prompted by the latter’s rejection of repeated appeals to honour a pre-independence 1964 treaty that had provided for the autonomy of the Barotse territory within the republic of Zambia.

Their political imprisonment continues to be officially denied by the Edgar Lungu led Zambian government, with the latest denial being that of Vice President Inonge Wina, who when queried about the political imprisonment of the trio in parliament in October last year, lied alleging that the three were mere ‘remandees’ still awaiting trial, in spite of them having been sentenced and condemned earlier in the year on 9th March, 2016.

The Barotseland Agreement of 1964 had been unilaterally abrogated by 1969 with successive Zambian governments rejecting periodic Barotse appeals to have the pre-independence agreement honored until March of 2012 when Barotseland unanimously elected to pursue self-determination outside of Zambia, a move that has seen the Barotse suffer heavy reprisals from the Zambian government.

Honourable Pelekelo Likando was appointed Secretary of State in charge of Agriculture in the Afumba led Barotseland transitional Government.

Because of his disputed political imprisonment, Likando Pelekelo was not able to bury his first born son, and now his third born son.

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