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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