Barotse activists justify treason


arbitration, arguing that the BNC was legally convened and was attended by Government leaders and regional commanders of defence and security forces whose resolutions were sent to the President of Zambia.

Leader of the group, Mombotwa told the court that in 2010, many people were analysing the Cabinet circular No. 82 of 18th July 1964 where the then Secretary to the Cabinet was warning all those who would take positions in new independence government that the relationship of Barotseland with Britain was guided by the agreement and that the same would apply to Zambia but it so happened that Barotseland was betrayed.

He said that on 12th August 2013, Mombotwa,together with Likando, Kalima and others, committed themselves to the service of the Barotse people by making him take an oath at Kalima’s house in Livingstone.

Asked what the oath was about, he said that it was about paying allegiance to the Litunga of Barotseland in his (Mombotwa’s) capacity as Administrator General.

Asked about the Barotse flag, the bank notes, the defence code of conduct, Barotse cabinet, provisional budget and many other things that the police seized and presented before court as exhibits, Mr. Mombotwa said that he had no role in the designs of the flag and that the currency known as Mupu first appeared on internet.

He argued that there were many ‘‘liberation movements’’ in Barotseland and Linyungandambo was just one of them. He said the said items were available online and could have been extracted from there.  When told that there was information that he went into hiding, Mombotwa said he was in Western Province and went to pay a courtesy call on Senior Chief Inyambo Yeta after which he was arrested along with Kalima and Likando on 26th December 2014. He also denied the publication and dissemination of a video shown in court.

He denied having instructed anyone to draw the structure of the cabinet and that he did not try to secede because the matter before court was political and about human rights.  And 61-year-old Pelekelo said that before the police shooting incidents of 14th January 2011, people of Barotseland came up with a decision for self-rule.

He said the killing in Western Province was what led to the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) to call for a meeting which led to the resolution for self-rule.

He said that one of the resolutions was that the Zambian government should respond to the concerns raised within 30 days and that Mombotwa was one of the signatories to the resolutions.

Inambao, 54, a businessman of Dambwa South in Livingstone, said that he participated in Mombotwa taking of oath at his house as an observer and that he was part of the 5,000 people who attended the BNC meeting at which they resolved to secede from the rest of Zambia

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