Treason suspects appear in Court

The 22-Barotse Activists who have been charged with treason for allegedly trying to use force to secede from the rest of Zambia, Wednesday morning appeared in the Lusaka Magistrate Court for mention.

ZNBC reports that the matter has been adjourned to February 16 for another mention as the court awaits instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions to commit the matter to the high court.

The matter came up on Wednesday before Senior Magistrate Aridah Chuulu.

Magistrate Chuulu informed the accused that the courts’ hands are tied because the subordinate court could not preside over a treason matter.

This is in a matter where Muyanganga Muyangana and 21 others are charged with treason, contrary to section 43 (1) of the Penal Code, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

It is alleged that the accused tried or prepared to procure by force the establishment of a Barotseland State in Western Province.

They are alleged to have committed the offence in Senanga and Lusaka Districts.

And Defence Lawyer Dr. Roger Chongwe told the court earlier that the defence will make an application that the charge be discharged if there will be no instructions from the DPP Chambers when it comes up on February 16.

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