With human rights conditions aggravating against the people of Barotseland, the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) participated in the 28th pre-sessions of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), held on 10 October 2017, in which the Republic of Zambia was under review. It was a chance to engage on an international level to bring attention to the wrongdoings of the Zambian Government. As a Civil Society Organization, the BNFA particularly addressed Zambias occupation of Barotseland from 2002 on and the ongoing discrimination against their people.
After wide condemnation from various Barotse nationals and organizations, the Zambian Correctional Services have finally taken gravely ill political prisoner Sylvester Inambao Kalima back to Kasama General hospital for medical attention. He was admitted to the hospital yesterday, Tuesday, November 2017.
The Barotseland Transitional Government (BTG) has warned that should Inambao Sylvester Kalima die in prison, Zambian president Edgar Lungu will personally be held responsible for his death and any other consequential action that would follow as a result.
Sylvester Kalima Inambao, one of the three Barotseland leaders imprisoned for allegedly usurping the power of the Zambian state executive for their role in implementing the 2012 Barotse National Council declaration of independence from Zambia, has once again been hospitalized.
The Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) will make a Pre - session Statement to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding the Universal Periodic Review of the Republic of Zambia during the 28th Session, this November 2017.
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.
Zambia Correctional Service authorities in Luwingu have blocked a letter which incarcerated Barotseland independence leader Afumba Mombotwa recently wrote to the Litunga (King) of Barotseland, Lubosi Imwiko II, the Zambia Watchdog has revealed.
This October, all roads will lead to Mwandi Royal Village at The Royal Palace Water Front Court Yard, as Barotseland is set to celebrate the 40th Coronation Anniversary of one of their great Prince Regents, Inyambo Lubasi Yeta, also known as Senior Chief Inyambo Yeta, currently reigning at Mwandi (Sesheke).
A member of the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has charged that Zambian president Edgar Changwa Lungu cheated the BRE and the people of Barotseland that he was ready to dialogue on the Barotseland Agreement impasse, the Zambian Watchdog has reported.
Afumba Mombotwa, the Barotseland independence activist and Linyungandambo freedom fighting movement leader remains forgotten in Luwingu state prison in Northern Province serving a 10 year jail sentence.
A petition started by the Free West Papua in the United Kingdom to be delivered to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has reached nearly 40,000 signatures from across the world on AVAAZ.org with over 20,000 others on social media giants Face Book and Twitter.
“Indigenous peoples have sought recognition of their identities, way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years, yet throughout history their rights have always been violated.” - United Nations