The treason-accused Barotse activists have told the court that they wish to be tried in an international court or tribunal under the Commonwealth, African Union or Southern Africa Development Council because their case was between two states; Barotseland and Zambia.
But presiding over the cases for the accused arrested in Kalabo and Senanga, Mongu Magistrate Benson Mwanandiwa told the accused persons to make such presentations during trial as they were appearing before him only for mention.
And Barotse Freedom Movement chairman Nyambe Namushi says the arrest of 60 Barotse activists in Western Province will not stop his organisation from pursuing their cause.
Namushi told the Daily Nation that the arrest of the activists was meant to intimidate the entire population regarding the Barotse Agreement 1964 issue.
He said there was no way people could be charged with treason for merely celebrating.
“Those are young people who were just celebrating what was happening and they have nothing to do with the whole issue, and most of them are innocent because they (police) were just arresting whoever they find near the event, which is not really fair,” he said.
The activists that appeared for mention in the Mongu subordinate court are being charged with treason.
Namushi stated that the issue needed thorough investigations, instead of oppressive arrests.
He said doors were open for dialogue, and that the use of force was misplaced.
Namushi said many people had showed concern over the issue, but that it appeared no one in the government was intervening.
The matter has since been adjourned to October 2, 2013 for another mention as the state still awaits further instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
It is alleged that the 60 activists, together with other unknown people in their various districts of Western Province between August 1 and 14, held a solidarity celebration for independence of Western Province and matched to show that the country had no power, contrary to section 45(b) of the penal code Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.