News Editor, Barotseland Post
Afumba Mombotwa, the sworn Administrator General of Barotseland and his two colleagues currently serving 15 years jail sentences each with hard labour imposed on them by the Zambian state for a political crime of treason felony over Barotseland independence related matters, have now been transferred to Zambia’s Mukobeko Maximum Prison where they are expected to serve the rest of their jail sentences.
And the Barotseland National Youth League (BNYL) says it is not moved or shaken by the conviction and sentencing of their leaders but will continue to push for Barotseland self-determination until self-government was a reality in the contested territory.
The Zambian Supreme Court sitting in Ndola has upheld the conviction of Afumba Mombotwa (60), Pelekelo Likando (64) and Sylvester Inambao Kalima (57) while adding five more years to their sentences for the crime of treason-felony.
In a ruling read by Justice J Chinyama, sitting alone this afternoon, the Supreme Court charged that the State had proved beyond any reasonable doubt that Afumba Mombotwa and others had prepared or endeavoured to carry out by unlawful means an enterprise which usurps the executive powers of the state in any matter of both a public and a general nature.
This Supreme Court verdict, therefore, upholds the conviction, while adding five more years to the initial ten years imprisonment with hard labour slapped on the appellants by the High Court Judge Dominic Yeta Sichinga, SC, on the 9th of March, 2016 because the court has noted that the appellants were unrepentant and self-righteous!
Reports emanating from the Naliele Kuta in Kaoma are that the Senior Chief, His Royal Highness the Reigning Prince, Mulena Isiteketo Amukena II (son of the late ‘Senior Chief’ Amukena I, Isiteketo Lewanika), has forthwith fired Nyambe Namushi as Induna Imangambwa for his role in the ongoing Zambian government sponsored and Limulunga BRE endorsed activities that seek to undermine the popular 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) resolutions for Barotseland’s independence from Zambia.
A source from within the Naliele Kuta has reported that not only has His Royal Highness Mulena Amukena fired Induna Imangambwa for helping organize these clandestine meetings aimed at overturning and suppressing the people’s 2012 BNC independence vote, but that he is also very upset with Lubosi Imwiko II for tolerating these activities which are aimed at undermining the popular will of the people of Barotseland.
“Ba mulelekile Imangambwa kuli ayo ezeza bukuba bwa hae kwa hule hule! (Imangambwa has been fired so that he could take his nonsense away from here),” said the source from the palace confirming the firing of Nyambe Namushi as Induna Imangambwa.
Victor Kachaka, the Defence Lawyer in Afumba Mombotwa and Others vs The People appeal trial at the Supreme Court sitting in Ndola, has revealed that the Court will not accord them the opportunity to make open court arguments but that the Honorable Judges will make a ruling based on their written submissions in this case.
This came to light on Thursday when the much-anticipated appeal hearing could not take place because the court officials informed both the state and defence advocates that the court would only receive the state prosecutor’s written response to the already submitted grounds of appeal and heads of arguments from the defence attorney.
The case in which Afumba Mombotwa (60), Pelekelo Likando (64) and Sylvester Inambao Kalima (57) have appealed against their high court conviction and sentencing of 10 years imprisonment, with hard labour, for treason-felony is scheduled to take place in the Supreme Court of Zambia to convene in Ndola on Tuesday, the 4th of September, 2018, according to the Supreme Court Registry obtained by this publication.
In this appeal, the three appellants will be represented by their lawyer, Counsel Victor Chibvumbu Kachaka, in the picture above, who is renowned for defending a high-profile case involving dozens of treason-accused Namibians charged or convicted over secession-related matters in the Caprivi Strip, now Zambezi region of Namibia.
A Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) insider in the ongoing dialogue preparations has revealed that President Lungu wants the Litunga to use arbitrary powers to enforce the government agenda over Barotseland, promising him increased military protection against any possible uprising!
According to the BRE insider, Lungu is very frustrated that it is not easy to carry out his unpopular plans over the region because of its style of governance which places a lot of powers in the people!
“The president insists that the Litunga, as King, should be able to simply issue decrees and the people must be made to obey his decrees,” said the insider close to the on-going preparations for the proposed dialogue now slated for September.
“The president keeps saying that the Litunga is the only government recognized authority in Barotseland and no one else should matter in this case!”