Zambia Security Forces are planning to undertake a covert operation into Namibia tomorrow (Sunday November 3, 2013).
The operation is aimed at capturing and abducting back to Zambia Mombotwa Afumba, the chairman of Linyungandambo, a separatist movement operating in Western province.
Mombotwa is also the self-declared Administrator-General of Western province or Barotseland, as the secessionists call the region.
Zambian authorities have gathered intelligence information that Mombotwa fled to Namibia and is suspected to be operating in the Caprivi region especially the towns of Rundu in the Kavango region and Katima-Mulilo in the Caprivi.
It is believed that the police intercepted Afumba’s phone calls and emails he sent from his hideout in Namibia.
But the Watchdog has been told by one of the officers in the group that the operation is covert and the Namibian authorities are not aware.
“We are doing what the Americans did when they captured Bin Laden’, said one officer.
Asked why the Zambia government could not simply request their Namibian counterparts to ‘surrender’ Afumba, the source said there was no guarantee that Windhoek would cooperate.
Sources said there was the additional fear of alerting Afumba ‘if we tried to go through the Namibian Police or government’.
The source said that Afumba could even obtain a court order from Namibia blocking the Zambian police from extraditing him.
The Zambian team is expected to cross in to Namibia tonight at Katima Mulilo border.
Dozens of Lozis are detained in the capital Lusaka under the charge of treason for trying to break away from Zambia.
Those detained and facing treason charges which carries a death sentence include Clement Sinyinda, the former traditional prime minister of Barotseland.
Afumba was born in 1955 in Western province.
He worked for the Ministry of Agriculture as a Cotton Officer for two years, and later on he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for sixteen years in the department of Communications.
Watch and Listen to Afummba making his case in this video: