A day after independence, Sinyinda, dozens of other Lozis in court

A day after independence, Sinyinda, dozens of other Lozis in court

Former Barotse Royal Establishment prime minister Clement Wainyae Sinyinda and 83 other Lozis accused of attempting to secede Western province from the rest of Zambia, are today expected in court for another mention.

Yesterday, Zambia was celebrating political independence from white oppressors.

As usual, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mutembo Nchito does not seem to know how to proceed. He has not issued instructions on how to proceed with the case yet the accused persons have been in detention since August 14, 2013.

Government prosecutors recently applied to have the accused transferred from Mongu, the place of the alleged crime, to Mumbwa citing possible mass uprising in the provincial capital.

But on October 16, 2013, Judge Evans Hamaundu who has suddenly become a useful idiot for the PF regime ordered that the trials should be conducted in Lusaka.

He claimed there isn’t adequate court space in Mumbwa to try the activists.

On the other hand, the PF regime is barring relatives and friends from visiting the 84 Barotse Treason detainees.

This came to light when three members of parliament on Monday, October 20, 2013, tried to visit former Barotse prime minister Clement Sinyinda and the other 83 activists at Mwembeshi prison.

Senanga MP Likando Mufalali, Sesheke MP Siyauya Sianga and Kaoma MP Carlos Anthonio said they were surprised by prisons officials’ action because inmates were by law allowed to receivea fa visitors.

Mufalali said that he was shocked by the utterances of the security officers who blocked them from visiting the activists. He wondered why the officers were behaving in such unprofessional manner.

“We had requested for 19 MPs to visit former Ngambela who is former Senanga MP but to our surprise we were not allowed to see him because the officers were reported to have received instructions from the top leadership not to allow us to see him.

We were told to wait for the officers to consult the commissioner, and we kept on waiting from 11 hours up to 16 hours but to no avail,” he said.

Mufalali said that the relevant authorities at the prisons must revisit the United Nations Standards minimum rules, and the prisons Act for the treatment of prisoners.

He said that what was happening in the prison was contrary to the prisons Act, and was inhuman and degrading.

The MP demanded for an explanation from relevant authorities on why they were not allowed to visit the detainees, adding that in the case of former Ngambela and other inmate they were not supposed to be at Mwembeshi because they were just detainees and not yet convicted by the courts of laws

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