News Editor, Barotseland Post
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!”
First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda has been urged to seriously consider playing a role in resolving the issue of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
Civil Rights Activist Brebner Changala thinks that Zambia must utilize the opportunity it still has to resolve the Barotseland Agreement issue while Dr. Kaunda who was a signatory to it is still alive.
President Edgar Lungu has been called upon to caution Zambians in diplomatic service to desist from commenting on the issue of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
The Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) is concerned that careless statements on the Agreement by Zambia’s ambassadors and high commissioners, if not handled well, can be a source of conflict.
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.