And in another separate incidence, prominent Barotse activist Munyinda Munukayumbwa (25), who was arrested on Tuesday, 14th May 2019 and later charged with ‘proposing tribal war’ on six counts in the Mongu subordinate court, appeared in the Kaoma magistrate court on 25th July 2019 for possible commencement of trial - only to learn that the state had since changed his charge to ‘criminal libel’ on four counts, but all related to some Facebook articles he allegedly authored or caused to author on a Facebook page titled Barotseland Watchdog.
Munyinda was then asked to take a fresh plea to the new charges and his case was adjourned to the 29th and 30th August 2019 after he had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Zambian state often arrests Barotse people and then looks for what charges to slap them with, while the victims endure lengthy incarcerations without trial or later release them on nolle prosequi after the state fails to prove their criminality.
The nolle prosequi is the instrument the Zambian state often uses against its political victims, especially the Barotse, after holding them in unlawful lengthy detention where they suffer untold torture and punishment for their perceived political crimes.
In this way, the accused are actually punished for crimes they never committed, with the view that they will stop their social or political activism, and with the nolle prosequi, the victims would not be able to counter sue the state for unlawful detention or claim any compensation.
However, the Livingstone Barotseland activists freed on nolle prosequi have vowed to continue their peaceful fight for Barotseland independence until Barotseland is totally liberated.
In March 2012, the supreme and highest policy-making body in Barotseland, the Barotse National Council, BNC, unanimously resolved to pursue Barotseland self-determination outside of the Republic of Zambia after the latter refused to honour the pre-independence 1964 treaty which guaranteed Barotseland autonomy within the sovereign Republic of Zambia.