Zambian court adjourns Barotseland leaders' Case to 26th January, as Afumba declares he will not condone illegal prosecution amounting to violation of his fundamental human rights upheld internationally.

06 January 2015
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The four Barotseland government leaders detained by Zambia, Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa -Administrator General for Royal Barotseland Kingdom,  Hon. Likando Pelekelo - secretary of state for Agriculture,  Hon. Sylvester Kalima Inambo - secretary of state for Legal Affairs  and Hon. Paul Masiyaleti Masiye - Deputy secretary  of state for Defence today appeared for mention at Mumbwa magistrate court before Magistrate Matipa at 12hrs.

Magistrate Matipa, who did not say much, immediately adjourned the case to 26th January, 2015, much to the displeasure of a fully parked court of Barotzish and sympathizers.

The detainees were equally displeased with this turn of events, prompting Hon. Afumba to seek permission to speak. In his brief court address he warned that he could not condone such unruly and criminal behavior of illegal prosecution as it amounted to violation of his fundamental human rights upheld internationally.

Meanwhile, Hon. Masiye has claimed that the Zambian government arrested him at the last court hearing because he refused to be a state witness against the other three leaders. Hon. Masiye further explained that the Zambian state police forced him to either be a state witness against the trio or face arrest, but he simply told them that the Barotseland issue is a matter of fact which could not be exchanged for silver . He has since condemned the failure by the DDP to give instructions on the way forward with this case. As such, he has since vowed to go on immediate hunger strike.

Some people talked to also expressed disappointment at Zambia's mistreatment of Barotse leaders and activists who merely exercise the will of the people of Barotseland over this issue, accusing the Zambian government of being aware of its abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964, the only document that could give Zambia the control over Barotseland.

The court adjourned at 12:30 with the accused remaining in custody at Mwembeshi state prison.

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