This is Munyinda Munukayumbwa. He has been in police detention for more than two weeks now for criticizing the Litunga.
Munyinda Munukayumbwa was reported to Police by BRE ‘s Ngambela Mukela Manyando after he criticized the Barotse Royall establishment. He is still incarcerated in Kambule Prison.
Munukayumbwa was arrested after the Barotse Royal Establishment’s Ngambela, Mukela Manyando, ordered for his arrest for allegedly ridiculing and undermining the authority of the Litunga and the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE).
Munyinda was arrested on Tuesday, 14th May 2019, at 16:00 hrs when he responded to a police call-out at Mongu police station where he was reportedly interrogated for over three (3) hours by Police officers from Lusaka and Mongu Central Police who now plan to charge him with the crime of ‘promoting tribal war’!
Sources say the BRE’s Ngambela (King’s traditional Prime Minister), Mukela Manyando, asked the Zambian Police to silence Munyinda through intimidation because he has persistently criticised the royal establishment and the Litunga.
Munyinda is said to have accused the BRE of having neglected some retainers for the newly BRE enthroned chief of Nañoko area, now languishing in extended police incarceration without trial, for defending their chief who is now the right Mwene Chengele after he was properly enthroned by the Royal establishment,” reported an anonymous source close to the happenings.
The retainers were arrested by the Zambia police sometime in February 2019, on trumped up charges of ‘aggravated robbery’ after a scuffle ensued between two rival camps in the continuing succession wrangle over the Mwene Chengele chieftaincy title of Nañoko area after the dethroned Mwene Chengele, Josiah Nyumbu, refused to give way to Kashengula Nyumbu, who was recently enthroned by the King of Barotseland as his replacement through the BRE.
“BRE is responsible for the incarceration of those Chief retainers. Firstly, they installed Mwene Chengele Kashengula, (but) then they failed to chase dethroned Josiah Nyumbu off the throne. They started a fight they failed to complete. Today, newly installed Mwene Chengele is just languishing on the throne without power. God will punish BRE for those retainers they have ditched and put in problems.” Munyinda had written in a Facebook article two weeks ago after he had visited the incarcerated retainers, Mwenda Lishebo and others, at Kambule prison, a visit he stated was very heartbreaking.
In the article, Munyinda accused the BRE of neglecting the incarcerated Chief’s retainers for all these months without any trial, violating their basic human rights only because ‘they were poor people without money!’
When he appeared before Mungu Magistrate Court, his case was adjourned to 31Mau,2019 because the prosecution never had a charge for him.
The people of Barotseland turned up in good numbers to give solidarity to Munyinda Munukayumbwa at the Court.
Munyinda Munukayumbwa was represented by Lawyer Victor Kachaka.
You may wish to know that this lawyer was organised by the people of Barotseland.
Counsel Kachaka asked for bail for Munyinda and the prosecution team never objected to the bail application. The Court therefore granted Munyinda Munukayumbwa bail with the following conditions: two working surities and K10,000 each to be paid in case the accused runs away.
The family swiftly organised surities,but prosecutors refused to accept one of the surities saying they were coming from one location which is far from Mongu ( Senanga).
The family were later told that even if they process everything, unfortunately the Magistrate who is presiding over Munyinda’s case will only be available on 31st May,2019.
It was later discovered that the said Magistrate was just brought to fill the gap and act as an oppressor in Munyinda’s case as he is reported to be Kaoma Magistrate.