Judgement of Afumba Mombotwa and three Barotseland activists set for tomorrow

Judgement in the treason case of four Barotseland independence activists has been set for tomorrow Wednesday 9th March before the Kabwe High Court.
Afumba Mombotwa, the leader of the Linyungandambo freedom fighting movement is jointly charged with Sylvester Kalima, Inambao Likando Pelekelo and Paul Masiyaleti Masiye.
It is alleged that on dates unknown but between March 1 2012 and August 20,2013 while in Sioma district the four, Afumba Mombotwa, Kalima Inambao, Pelekelo Kalima and Paul Masiyaleti Masiye jointly acting together with unknown people conspired to secede Western Province(Barotseland) from the rest of Zambia.
The Zambian government has however treated the case in a secretive manner and has kept the judgement day secrete to prevent people from following the case.
Prison sources in Kabwe have however told the Zambian Watchdog that the judgement has been set for 9th March in the morning unless outgoing President Edgar Lungu directs otherwise.
Journalists and relatives were being blocked from entering the court room in earlier court appearances with the police giving invitation cards to a small number of relatives while the court room was always packed with intelligence and police officers.
The four face the death sentence should they be convicted.
Afumba and the other three argued in their submissions that Barotseland can never be part of Zambia in view of the abrogation and annulment of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 which brought the two British protectorates of Northern Rhodesia and Barotseland together to form the Republic of Zambia.

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