Twenty three people charged with treason for allegedly agitating for the secession of the Western Province today- Wednesday appeared in the Lusaka Magistrate Court.
This brings the number to 24, of people charged with treason over the restoration of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
A Lusaka Police Officer was also early this week indicted for the same charge of treason.
If found guilty, the accused persons could face death penalties.
The accused persons appeared before Lusaka Principal Resident Magistrate Sharon Newa for a mention.
They are charged with treason contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Magistrate Newa told the accused that their case could not be heard in a subordinate court because the offence can only be tried in the High Court.
She said the 23 will be appearing before the Magistrate court until such a time when the Director of Public Prosecutions-DPP issues instructions to commit them to the High Court.
Magistrate Newa also said the accused will now be coming from Lusaka Central Prisons and not the police cells where they were being detained.
The matter has been adjourned to February 2.
Some of those charged with treason include Muyangana Muyangana, Mulasikwanda Chezele, Nyambe Namushili, Mukubesa Ilukena and Nayoto Lyambai.
And Western Province Police Chief Peacewell Mweemba has told ZNBC that the charging of the 131 people picked up following last Fridays disturbances in Mongu, is on-going.
Mr. Mweemba says a team of investigators is still categorizing charges, ranging from rioting, conduct likely to breach peace and treason.