Barotseland Administrator General Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa, Rt Hon. Likando Pelekelo and Hon Kalima have been arrested today at Kasaya by Mwandi police. This happened after they were invited by Chief Inyambo of Sisheke. The arrest took place as they were returning from mwandi on their way to Livingstone at Kasaya.
It is believed that someone informed and alerted the Zambian Police who arrested them. However, it is not yet clear on what charges, but they are in Sesheke where they are currently detained, amidst fears among Barotseland independence advocates and Lozis generally for their safety in the hands of Zambia police.
On 14th August 2013, Afumba Mombotwa took oath of office as Administrator General of Barotseland, a transitional position that would see him head a three year transitional civil government tasked with the responsibility of among other things seeking international diplomatic recognition of Barotseland statehood.
At the time over Hundred Barotseland nationals were arrested and charged with treason punishable by death under Zambian laws upon conviction merely for their role in celebrating the swearing on of Hon. Afumba and the public announcement of his interim government. They were later released on Nolle, but the man hunt for Afumba continued until his arrest today.
Hon. Mombotwa is also Chairman of the Linyungandambo, a leading movement for the total independence of Barotseland. On March 27, 2012, the Barotse National Council, the highest and most representative body of Barotseland resolved unanimously that Barotseland should be a sovereign State.