Supreme Court adds 5 more years to jailed Barotseland activists

Supreme Court adds 5 more years to jailed Barotseland activists

– Litunga is very happy

The Zambian Supreme Court sitting in Ndola has upheld the conviction of Afumba Mombotwa (60), Pelekelo Likando (64) and Sylvester Inambao Kalima (57) while adding five more years to their sentences for the crime of treason-felony.

In a ruling read by Justice J Chinyama, sitting alone this afternoon, the Supreme Court charged that the State had proved beyond any reasonable doubt that Afumba Mombotwa and others had prepared or endeavoured to carry out by unlawful means an enterprise which usurps the executive powers of the state in any matter of both a public and a general nature.

This Supreme Court verdict, therefore, upholds the conviction, while adding five more years to the initial ten years imprisonment with hard labour slapped on the appellants by the High Court Judge Dominic Yeta Sichinga, SC, on the 9th of March, 2016 because the court has noted that the appellants were unrepentant and self-righteous!

This was in the case where the three had appealed against the high court verdict of ten years with hard labour for the crime of treason felony for their role in the implementation of the 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) which resolved to revert Barotseland to its pre-1964 status following Zambia’s repeated refusal to honour the 1964 Barotseland Agreement that brought the former British Protectorate of Barotseland and the British colony of Northern Rhodesia together to form the Republic of Zambia.

The Barotse National Council was regularly sanctioned by the Litunga, King of Barotseland, under the auspices of the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) and the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) in the presence of the Church and the international community to chart the way forward and resolve all outstanding matters surrounding the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964.

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    KK- There is significant difference between an empire and a Kingdom.The Barotse Kingdom only covered Barotseland’Proper’Kingdom which DOES not Cover LAMBA land ,LUNDA land ,SOLI land ,KAONDE land and ILA land,Stop confusing yourself and others and stop your choise of reading wrong book.Stop hallucinating,The land in question is not under the Barotse empire but the Barotse kingdom under the rulership / kingship of the Litunga.These are documented facts which unfortunately your agenda won’t change.EMPIRER =EMPIRE while KING = KINGDOM ie KING LEWANIKA THE LITUNGA = BAROTSE KINGDOM . like it or hate it thats how it was ,it is and will always be.

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    The BSA company was bent on getting land and mineral rights for themselves and on behalf of Britain. Cecil Rhodes’ aim was to build an empire from Cape to Cairo and from the east coast to west cost of southern Africa, but the Portuguese were present in Angola and Mozmbique. To block the Portuguese from expanding from Angola they thouht it wise to make concessions with Litunga in the westermost part as the british were already present in nyasaland.In northeastern Rhodesia force was used instead of concessions. As you can see, you can see, the British used all sorts of tactics to get a claim to natural resouces for raw materials. In Bulozi conessions worked because the BSA company’s porters and some whites from South Africa understood some Northern Kololo which was similar to Lozi. The fact is that the Lozi never ruled over the lamba, soli, ila, lenje, sala, lala, swaka, kaonde, lunda etc eithr through conquest,assimilation or otherwise.The imposition of a Barotse Empire in these lands is colonialism bu by a tribe just as the mention of a Brittish Empire in Southern Africa is colonialism by foreign powers.

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    Litunga was never king over the Soli, lenje, ila, sala, lamba, kaonde lunda etc. Where does he get the mandate to rule over them as he was confined to the Buluzi plain? The talk of Barotse kingdom in lamba land is colonialism by a tribe just as it was to talk of the British empire in Southern Africa.Kindly read your history carefully.

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    (Prof/Dr) kk doing what he knows/enjoys best.refusing written History of the existence of the mighty Barotseland Kingdom.Is it out of Jealous ,envy or hate?Unfortunately you and your condition can’t change this history especially the written History .LoL. Who was the right King if His Majesty the Litunga was the wrong one to sign concessions or agreements on behalf of His kingdom and the great people Of His kingdom Barotseland?

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    Charles 2 weeks ago

    Sorry

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    Kaunda’s party was given the mandate to lead the then Northern Rhodesia to indendependence as Zambia by the people, through the ballot. Lindunga’s mandate over the land claimed to be Barotse land was was never won through the ballot, coquest or assimilation. The BSA company was just after land and mineral rights for themselves and own behalf of the Brish by signing concessions with the wrong ‘king’ in their quest to block the portuguese advance from the region now known as Angola and the Belgians of King Leopold from Congo D.R. Their was nothing like acting in good faith as what they wanted was empire building from the east to west of Africa and from cape to Cairo. Hence there is nothing like Barotse whatever being a faithful claim as it is all embroided in colonial antics.It is all about selfishness and colionalisation of tribes by one tribe…nothing nationalistic !

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    in fact they should just arrest all lozis there and drop some kind of chemical weapon in the province to prove that BOMA NI BOMA

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    tasman 2 weeks ago

    CERTAIN POLITICIANS WILL JOIN YOU SOON,ASK RICHARD SAKALA THE EX-CONVICT

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    MUNYENGE MUNYENGE 2 weeks ago

    They should set as an example to others who may try to revolt against Zambia.
    Zambia will remain the way it is and anyone found inciting the people of western province to rise against Zambia will join these jailed misled Barotse activists. ONE ZAMBIA ONE NATION.

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    senior bino 2 weeks ago

    But how do you say Litunga is happy when his face does not show it?? Do not write something contradicting itself. Shut up if you are blocked minded. The chaps asked for it.Shame!!