Panic: State modifies Barotse activists’ treason charge

Panic: State modifies Barotse activists’ treason charge

The Barotse detainees after court appearance in kabwe

The Barotse detainees after court appearance in Kabwe.

In a state of panic, the state has today applied to have the indictment changed by inserting some more words in the ongoing treason trial of Afumba Mombotwa, Sylvester Kalima Inambao, Likando Pelekelo and Paul Masiye Masiyaleti.

State prosecutors applied before Kabwe high court Judge Dominic Sichinga that words reading ‘in the Mongu district’ be replaced by ‘After Mongu, Sioma, Senanga, Livingstone and other places unknown’, the court granted the amendment.

Left to right: Mombotwa (in dark jacket), Pelekelo, Inambao and Masiyaleti

Left to right: Mombotwa (in dark jacket), Pelekelo, Inambao and Masiyaleti being led out of court as their lawyer Mweemba (in glasses) looks on

And all the three witnesses who were lined up by the state have told the court that the activists were not violent during their gatherings and that from the date of their arrests to date there has been no disruption of any state functions in western province.

The four who are represented by Humphrey Mweemba and Mauyaneyi Marabesa Mwenya are alleged to have called for the restoration of the Barotseland agreement of 1964 which saw the creation of the unitary state of Zambia but were slapped with the charge of treason which carries a death sentence if convicted. Trial continues tomorrow.

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