President Edgar Lungu has released three Barotseland activists ahead of his day of Prayer, Fasting and Reconciliation.
The three who were serving three year jail sentences with hard labour were arrested in 2013 on a charge of ‘publishing false news with intent to cause alarm and fear.’
This is part of Lungu’s deal with the disgraced Litunga as reported by the Watchdog a few weeks ago. In exchange for these pardons, Lungu expects activists to stop calling for separation.
The trio who are executive members of the Barotseland National Youth League are Nayoto Mwenda, 32, Boris Muziba Muziba, 37 and Wasilota Sikwibele, 35.
President Lungu’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda told the press on Friday that the three were part of the people who are calling for the independence of Barotseland.
On 11th March 2015 the three appealed to the High Court and submitted that they were not Zambian citizens adding that Zambia had no jurisdiction over Barotseland.
Chanda said more prisoners are expected to be released on 24th October 2015 when Zambia will be celebrating her 51st independence anniversary.
Five more Barotseland activists are still in detention among them the leader of Linyungandambo Afumba Mombotwa who set up a transitional government in August 2013.