Police block commemoration of Mongu killing

Police block commemoration of Mongu killing

A scene during Mongu riots in January

A scene during Mongu riots in January

Almost all police officers in Western Province have been deployed to Mongu to block the third commemoration of the death of a youth during the January 14th, 2011 riots.

The riots on January 14, 2011 were sparked off by demands to  restore the Barotseland Agreement (BA) of 1964.

To contain the riot, police fired live bullets killing one youth and wounding others in the process.

Some people in Western province issued announcements that they will commemorate this event today at Mongu Stadium.

But residents woke up to a rude shock to discover that Mongu town has been ‘invaded’ by armed police officers.

“There is heavy presence of armed police here, its like all units from all districts have been deployed to come to Mongu,’ said a source.

Mongu Stadium and other public gathering places have been sealed off and the police have said there would be no commemoration.

Some people in Western province still find it necessary to blame former President Rupiah Banda for the police action on that day.

But latest information show that the riot was sponsored to achieve exactly what it did.

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