Jailed Barotse activists fall sick, but denied medical attention

Afumba Mombotwa and Sylvester Inambao Kalima, two of the three Barotse activists serving ten year jail sentences at Mukobeko prison have been sick for the past five days but government and prison authorities are refusing them from accessing better health services at Kabwe General hospital.

Both family and prison sources have confirmed that Mombotwa have been unwell but were confined to a poor prison clinic where prison authorities hide prisoners with deteriorated conditions. The nature of illness is not established though there have been reports of typhoid outbreak in the notorious prison.

A prison warder who sought anonymity disclosed that the prison doctor had referred the two to Kabwe general hospital but after consulting, the high command received instructions not to.

“The doctor did his part but when it came to implementing the high command gave an excuse that the officer in charge is only in acting capacity after the death of his predecessor and cannot implement such key decisions,” but the two are very sick.

Mombotwa, 59 and Kalima 62 were jailed early this month for advocating for the restoration of the abrogated Barotse agreement, in line with the resolutions of the Barotse National Council also attended by Zambian government and security officials.

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