Treason accused open defence tomorrow


THE four Barotse activists facing a treason charge in the Kabwe High Court are expected to open their defence tomorrow.

The quartet was found with a case to answer and put on their defence but yesterday defence lawyer Humphrey Mweemba asked for an adjournment.

Mr. Mweemba told Kabwe High Court Judge-in-Charge Dominic Sichinga that, after they were put on defence, the four men have instructed him that they would testify by swearing from the dock.

He however said that he was requesting for an adjournment as there are some documents which were not ready but would want to use them in the defence of his clients.

Mr Mweemba applied for an adjournment to tomorrow to which the State had no objection.

The court adjourned the matter and the accused were remanded at Mukobeko Maximum Prison.

Afumba Mombotwa, Sylvester Kalima Inambao, Likando Pelekelo and Paul Masiye Masiyaleti were earlier this month found with a case to answer on one count of treason and the court placed them on their defence.

This was after a prolonged trial during which several witnesses were brought before court, and testified that the quartet whilst acting together with other people unknown did engage in acts of calling for the secession of Western Province from the rest of the country contrary to the laws of Zambia.

They have all pleaded not guilty to one count of treason.

During trial, the State produced a video in which Mr. Mombotwa is alleged to have taken oath as administrator general (interim Prime minister) of the ‘‘independent’’ state of Barotseland.

Several items such as flags, banners and a proposed plan to train the defence and security forces were recovered from the house of one of the accused.

Scores of relatives and friends from Western Province thronged the court premises to hear the matter which has attracted attention among Kabwe residents.

After the adjournment, the accused waved to the jubilant supporters as they were being driven back to prison amid tight security by the Zambia Police.

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