We look forward to a speedy trial – Afumba Mombotwa and others

04 September 2018
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As the sworn Barotseland Administrator General, Afumba Mombotwa, and two others appear in the Supreme Court today to begin their appeal against their high court conviction and sentencing of 10 years imprisonment with hard labour for a treason felony, they wish to argue that the lower court erred in judgment when they imposed such a verdict in March of 2016.

And their attorney, Victor Kachaka has declared that both he and his clients are ready for court today, which has been scheduled for 09:00hrs in Ndola, before a number of yet to be known Supreme Court Judges.

Speaking after meeting his clients in Ndola yesterday, Counsel Kachaka assured that he will work hard to overturn both his clients' conviction and sentencing.

“I have met with my clients today (Monday) and we are all ready, physically and mentally. We have gone through our arguments together and can say, with confidence, that we are ready for trial as it begins tomorrow, and our expectations are that the Supreme Court Justices will hear us speedily!”

Meanwhile, Afumba Mombotwa (60), Pelekelo Likando (64) and Sylvester Inambao Kalima (57) are reportedly in 'good' health, save for the deplorable prison conditions they continue to endure even at the new facilities, Kansenji State Prison, in Ndola which they have described as heavily congested and overcrowded.

On the 9th day of March 2016, the accused, Afumba Mombotwa - A1, Pelekelo Likando - A2, and Sylvester Kalima Inambao - A3 were charged and convicted upon trial of the offence of treason felony Contrary to Section 45(b) of the Penal Code, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

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.

Upon conviction, Afumba, Likando and Inambao were sent to various state prisons, firstly at Mukobeko maximum prison, then Mwembeshi State prison in Mumbwa until they were, on 24th December 2016, separated and sent to Luwingu, Mansa and Kasama state prisons respectively where they have been until now.

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