Barotse activist arrested in Livingstone



POLICE in Livingstone have arrested a man found in possession of seditious materials allegedly highlighting the secession of Barotseland  from the rest of Zambia.

Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja warned that any person harbouring or intended to involve themselves in such acts would be dealt with ‘‘to the full extent of the law’’.

The police on Friday conducted a search at the home of Mr Erich Lubasi Akakandelwa in Livingstone who was suspected to have prepared materials which were seditious in nature and were being distributed in the Western Province.

After conducting a search various seditious documents alleged to have been found with Mr Akakandelwa were seized.

Among the documents that were recovered from the suspect’s wallet were four copies of bank notes of Barotseland Mupu currency notes depicting the front and back images of M50 notes serial No E50 1000001 with inscriptions of three geese in flight, M20 note with serial 1000001 with a zebra and tree inscribed on the note.

The police also discovered white Vodafone mobile phone with seditious recordings in a folder and various email messages of seditious nature in the suspect’s email to various recipients. The phone also contained numbers of known convicts of seditious practices and other acts of similar nature as shown in the call logs.

Mr Kanganja said Mr Akakandelwa was detained and had since been charged and arrested for possession of seditious materials contrary to section 57 (2) of the Penal Code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

Mr Kanganja said the police would do everything within the confines of the law to defend the Constitution and all other relevant laws of the land in the interest of maintaining law and order.

He said Zambia was a unitary state and that it should remain so until there was an amendment to the Republican Constitution.


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