Linyungandambo demands Afumba’s unconditional release as Lungu not welcome to visit Mongu

The Linyungandambo freedom fighting movement has written outgoing Zambian President Edgar Lungu demanding for the unconditional release of their leader Afumba Mombotwa and three others currently detained at Mukobeko Maximum Prison in Kabwe.
Meanwhile President Lungu’s expected visit to Mongu to officially open the Barotse Mall remains in doubt due to security concerns.
The letter which is dated 19th February 2016 and signed by Linyungandambo Deputy Assistant General Secretary Mwandamena Nalinanga states that the movement was demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of all Barotseland political prisoners claiming that the Zambian government had no legal right to occupy Barotseland or prosecute its people.
‘As Linyungandambo we do hereby demand for the immediate and unconditional release of all Barotseland political prisoners both illegally detained and those still being illegally prosecuted maliciously by your Zambian government, due to the legal fact that your Zambian government has no legal right to occupy Barotseland and worse still prosecute, detain, and arrest the indigenous people of Barotseland,’ reads part of the letter.
The letter states that the people being detained and prosecuted have not committed any crime against Zambia but were merely exercising their inalienable right to self-determination, freedom of conscience and freedom of speech as per internationally recognized laws and human rights and further asks Lungu not to pretend that he does not know international law on self determination.
President Lungu recently said when he received credentials from a diplomat from Western Sahara (Saharawi Arab Republic) that Zambia respects the inalienable right to self determination of people.
The letter warns that if the Zambian government continues in its arrests and imprisoning people over the Barotseland issue then President Lungu will soon be heading to the International Court of Justice.
‘Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu and your Zambian government today you may deceive yourselves that you are on top of the world but your crimes shall soon catch up with you it is just a matter of time and you shall not be able to escape,’ warns the letter.
The letter states that the people under detention were exercising their inalienable right to revert Barotseland to her original status as per post liminium doctrine, after the Zambian government failed to honour the now null and void Barotseland agreement 1964 which is a successor Treaty and from which Zambia derived the authority over Barotseland.
The letter further states that in view of Zambia’s abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964, it was consequently, not a crime to seek independence as enshrined in various International Charters such as the United Nations and European Union Charters.
Meanwhile President Lungu’s expected visit to Mongu to officially open the Barotse Mall remains in doubt due to security concerns.
Linyungandambo has challenged Lungu that he has never been invited to visit Barotseland and his expected travel to the region is viewed as an act of aggression adding that the Zambian government can never win the Barotseland case at any International Tribunal.
President Lungu was scheduled to officially open the privately financed Barotse Mall in Mongu on Thursday 25 February but the trip is doubtful due to security concerns.
The local PF leadership in Mongu organised PF thugs on Tuesday in the name of ‘PF security’ to intimidate people as they marched near the venue that Lungu is expected to visit should he gain courage to travel to Mongu.
The Kuta is reported to be divided over Lungu’s ‘visit’ with the majority of Indunas holding the view that Lungu was not welcome in the region.
Lungu’s emissary was told that Lungu was not welcome in the region despite him (Lungu) having been welcomed by the Litunga in a phone conversation.

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