Five Barotse activists acquitted

Five Barotseland activists have been found with no case to answer after eight months of trial before the Kaoma Magistrate court.
Meanwhile two other cases involving four Barotseland activists were on Tuesday adjourned to 12th and 13th July 2016 respectively.
The five who are members of the Barotse Imilema youth movement namely Sinonge Lutangu, Saviour Mumbela, Siyuni Mendai, Jeff Mwinga and Muyapekwa Kutoma were facing a charge of sedition after they were arrested for carrying a UNPO Flag in Mongu.
The five who were acquitted on Tuesday were arrested by Police in Mongu on 29th October 2015 and charged with sedition for moving about with the UNPO flag while fundraising to enable six of their colleagues who were on trial in another matter, to attend their court hearing in Kaoma.
The five have since maintained that they will continue with their activities for their struggle over Barotseland self determination despite the arrests.
Barotseland is a member of The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) which supports non violent and democratic freedom struggles for its members.
Its members are mainly occupied territories who have joined together to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.
Meanwhile two other cases involving four Barotseland activists were on Tuesday adjourned to 12th and 13th July 2016 respectively.
The two cases before Magistrate Webstor Milumbe involve Muleta Kalaluka, a former Drug Enforcement Regional Investigations Officer for Western Province who is charged with sedition together with his co-accused Nyambe Nasilele while the other case involves Malamo Malamo and Situmbeko charged with assault and obstructing a law enforcement officer.
A bench warrant was issued against Nyambe Nasilele for failing to appear before the court resulting in the adjournment of the matter.
Malamo and Situmbeko have been found with a case to answer and have been put on their defence.
When Muleta was arrested in Kalabo early this year he was accused of supplying combat uniforms and military hardware to some people in Western Province but was later charged with sedition.

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