News Editor, Barotseland Post
The Zambian government is to lodge an official complaint to the South African government and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in particular over a program that featured two members of the Linyungandambo Youth League, a freedom fighting movement advocating for the independence of Barotseland (Western Province) from Zambia.
To ensure a less hostile reception for Zambia’s President Lungu as he visits Barotseland this weekend, the Livingstone Magistrate court has granted bail to the nine Barotse who were kept incarcerated for a month without trial or bail hearing for a charge of unlawful assembly.
A Barotseland Political Activist, Munyinda Munukayumbwa, has urged the Catholic Church to not cast a blind eye on the state-sponsored atrocities and blatant abuse of human rights perpetrated by the Zambian government against the people of Barotseland.
In an emotive letter he delivered to the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops, Munyinda said his heart was bleeding to note that all this was happening with the church choosing to keep quiet over apparent gross injustice and abuses of human rights faced by the defenseless poor of Barotseland.
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 Linyungandambo independence movement of Barotseland has warned that the Barotse Royal Establishment, BRE, could set a very dangerous precedence if they ignored the express will of the people for a totally independent Barotseland.