Linyungandambo leader appears in court as Lungu heads to Mongu, warned to go at own risk

The leader of the Linyungandambo freedom fighting movement and two others who were arrested on Friday appeared before in the Mongu Magistrate Court on Monday on  charges of Sedition.
And Minister of Justice and PF ‘president’ Edgar Lungu will address a rally in Mongu on Saturday 13th December but the Linyungandambo have warned that he will go there at his own risk.
Charges in  court are that Afumba Mombotwa 57, Pelekelo Likando, 61 and Kalima Inambao, 53 on unknown dates but between March 1, 2012 and August 20th 2013 in Sioma district jointly and while acting together with other unknown persons, allegedly conspired to secede Western Province from the rest of Zambia.
The three were appearing before Magistrate Julius Malate.
The case could however not proceed as the prosecution is awaiting instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and has been adjourned to 22nd December 2014 for mention. They remain remanded at Mongu Prison.
Meanwhile hundreds of Mongu residents thronged the court premises when the matter came up and where singing solidarity songs including the Barotseland national anthem.
The same charge of sedition was slapped on 84 people who were arrested last year in August after Afumba Mombotwa announced his cabinet for a transitional government. The video in which he was seen making the announcement and being sworn in as Administrator General of Barotseland is believed to have been recorded in Sioma .
The teacher in whose house Afumba was holding meetings from was one of the people appointed in the transitional government and was among the 84 arrested last year but were all released after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) entered a nolle prosequi .
When the 84 were released last year, the court warned them that they would be re-arrested once the state finds evidence against them but the moment they walked out of court they maintained that they would not stop pushing for breaking away from Zambia and challenged the police to re-arrest them because evidence was there.
And Minister of Justice Edgar Lungu will hold a rally in Mongu on Saturday 13th December.
PF Secretary General for the Lungu PF faction Davies Chama claimed that Lungu enjoys good relations with the people of Western Province and the Litunga Lubosi Imwiko.
Mwila further politicized the walking stick that they claim was given to Lungu by the Litunga to guide him in his leadership path, and tried to use the claimed gift to prove that he has a good relationship with the Litunga.
But the Linyungandambo, through Dr Matembu Situmbeko who was appointed to replace the arrested Afumba Mombotwa has issued a warning to politicians who will go to Mongu to campaign.
‘Political parties intending to campaign in Barotseland should do so at their own risk this time, don’t say we were not warned,’ Dr Situmbeko warned in a statement.
Situmbeko has also demanded for the release of Afumba and the two others within 48 hours effective 7th December failure to which they will respond accordingly.
‘If they will not be released within 48 hours we shall respond accordingly in a language that Zambia may understand, it appears Zambia is inviting more trouble from us,’ said Dr Situmbeko.

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