Barotseland secesion leaders arrested

The litunga and president Banda

Police have apprehended three ring-leaders of the Barotse Freedom Movement for questioning in connection with the recent riots in western province, according to Muvi TV.
Zambia Police service Deputy Public Relation Officer Moses Suwali says the trio is being held for questioning following an illegal assembly held on Saturday October 23rd, 2010 calling for the restoration of the Barotseland agreement.
Mr. Suwali has named two of the three suspects as Grace Muyangana Likando aged 38 and Muyangana Muyangana aged 42 years both from Mulambwa compound in Mongu, Western province.
Mr. Suwali says the third suspect whom he has not named is detained in Lusaka for questioning over the same matter.
And President Rupiah Banda says the Barotseland issue has been a long standing issue warning that culprits who break the law will be arrested.
He was responding to a question from journalists at the old city airport before departure for Eastern Province.
The Barotse Royal Establishment has since disowned and distanced itself from the two groupings calling for the restoration of the 1964 Barotse Agreement.
The two groupings, the Movement for the Restoration of the Barotse Agreement and the Barotse Freedom Movement have vowed that they would not be deterred from fighting for the restoration of the Barotse Agreement.
aND the Southern Africa Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has cautioned government against ignoring two groupings fighting for the restoration of the Barotse Agreement.
SACCORD Executive Director, Lee Habasonde says President Rupiah Banda should take caution and dialogue with the group.
Mr. Habasonde says he is alarmed at the dismissive approach taken by President Banda on the issue.
He says he is concerned that such a casual approach could compound the problem rather than resolve it.
Mr. Habasonde says it is clear from other countries that lack of providing attention to matters of such nature has triggered rebellion adding that there is need for government to take this matter seriously.

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