Kaunda advised Lungu to jail Barotse activists and assured him Lozis won’t react

Outgoing President Edgar Lungu was advised to send Barotseland activists to prison by former President Kenneth Kaunda.
Intelligence sources have told the Zambian Watchdog that President Lungu was concerned that arresting the Barotse activists may ignite conflict in Western Province (Barotseland) but he was assured by Kaunda that the Lozis would not react even if their leaders were sentenced to lengthy jail terms.
Kaunda advised President Lungu to send a strong message to any activists who are pushing the fight for Barotseland self determination following the abrogation of the 1964 Barotseland Agreement by his (Kaunda’s) government in 1969.
‘The decision to jail Afumba Mombotwa and his colleagues was arrived at after a meeting between President Lungu and former President Kaunda and Rupiah Banda. President Lungu was afraid that a jail sentence for the activists may spark conflict but Kaunda assured him that the Lozi will not react,’ said one intelligence source.
Kaunda told President Lungu that it was only people like the late Nalumino Mundia and Litunga Ilute Yeta who could cause trouble over such a matter if they were alive.
Ilute Yeta is on record of having petitioned the United Nations and the Organisation of African Unity (African Union now) in 1997 to intervene in the Barotseland issue.
As for the late Nalumino Mundia, Kaunda remembers him because he had to flee the country for close to a month after Mundia was allegedly poisoned by Kaunda’s government in the late 80’s.
Lungu will now try to gain political mileage by pardoning the activists after sending a ‘warning’ to those championing the Barotseland case.
Afumba Mombotwa, the leader of the Linyungandambo freedom fighting movement was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour on Wedsnesday along with two other collegues for allegedly attempting to secede Western Province (Barotseland) from the rest of Zambia.

Share this post
Skip to toolbar