Some of the 59 Baroste activists who have now been charged with treason surprised the Mongu magistrate’s courts when they applied to have their citizenship changed on their details before court claiming they are not Zambians as they belong to another State (Barotse).
The activists who are have no legal representation and appeared for mention, told the court that they wanted their citizenship details on court records changed because they were “foreigners” as they hail from a different State.
The activists appeared in different Mongu courts before different magistrates for mention while waiting for instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to have them committed to the High Court where their case is triable.
Those from Mongu were 10, Senanga nine, Sesheke four and 36 were from Kalabo. The State earlier applied to have the charge of seditious practices substituted with a new charge of treason which the court granted.
The activists later applied to the courts to have their citizenship changed claiming there were not Zambians but belonged to another State of Barotse.
The State objected to the application saying the accused were appearing in court on a charge of treason and not the issue of citizenship.
The magistrates adjourned the case to September 17, 2013 when the accused would appear for another mention and possible committal of the matter to the High Court for trial.
On August 14, this year, Linyunga Ndambo chairperson, Afumba Mombotwa was sworn-in as administrator general of Barotseland.