Zambia Police move in on people recruiting retired soldiers in Barotseland

Zambia Police move in on people recruiting retired soldiers in Barotseland

POLICE in Kaoma District in Western Province have recorded a warn-and-caution statement from two business executives in connection with reports of a recruitment exercise of retired army and other security personnel allegedly aimed at consolidating a unit to engage in subversive activities.

This followed a comprehensive search conducted at the homes, offices and shops of the two business executives from about 05:00 hours until after 09:00 hours yesterday.

Western Province police chief, Fanwell Siandenge, confirmed the development in an interview and said investigations were still going on as police had more information on the matter.

He identified the suspects as Nyambe Namushi, 63, who is chairperson of the Barotse Freedom Movement, and Loenard Mukanda, 72.

Mr Siandenge said though police found a document authored by a Mr Mutungulu Wanga, headlined: ‘Barotseland as possible source of conflict in Zambia’, and a map of North-Western Rhodesia in one of the offices, there was nothing yet that directly linked the two to the recruitment exercise.

Mr Siandenge said police proceeded to search the houses occupied by the two suspects after some retired police, army and other officers revealed that they had been appointed as trainers of illegal security wings.

Mr Siandenge could not name the people who were recruited as they had cooperated with the police and needed to be protected.

“We proceeded on a search because we had information that the two people were recruiting retired security personnel for them to train others.


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