One of the people who were arrested during the Mongu riots has told the Commission of Inquiry probing the disturbances that the people of Barotseland want separation fromZambia.
Muyangana Muyangana, 42, a business executive ofMulambwaTownshipin Mongu told the commission led by Roger Chongwe that the people of Western province are resolved to push for self-rule.
And some people who went to listen to submission wept as Muyangano explained how the people of Western province have suffered.
Muyangana asked Chongwe and his team how the people of Barotseland can be expected to continue being part ofZambiaafter suffering oppression at the hands of the successive Zambian governments
Muyangano was one of the people who were charged with treason following the riots that took place in Mongu over the restoration of the Barotseland agreement.
Muyangano’s sentiments echoed those made by the Linyungandambo who said they are not interested in the inquiry but independence.
And Muyangana explained how he was arrested by police during the riots. He said that about 60 officers went to his house a day before the fracas around midnight and forcefully entered his house while everyone slept.
He said the officers broke everything in the house including computers and furniture and took him to the former CCC campsite here they locked him up in a container.
“I was taken to Lusaka where I was interrogated from 09:00 hours to 03:00 hours the following day. After my trial, the courts entered a nolle prosequi but we were re-arrested shortly afterwards and taken to Mumbwa Prison where we endured great hardships,” Mr Muyangana said.
He said he left prison on May 5, 2011 when the courts entered a nolle prosequi again.
Muyangana said although he had a lot of property and cattle before his arrest, he now owns nothing.
Current president Michael Sata promised during campaigns that he will restore the Barotseland agreement within 90 days of taking up office.