Barotse activists appear in court


TWENTY-SEVEN Barotse Agreement activists have appeared in a Mongu magistrates’ court for mention.
The suspects appeared before Magistrate Bernard Mwanandiwa and the matter will come up on September 3 for possible plea.
The other 18 were appearing in different courts for their involvement in activities likely to cause the breach of the peace.
Over the weekend, Western Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba suspended four civil servants who were involved in last week’s Barotse Agreement protests.
The four were Drug-Enforcement Commission (DEC) public prosecutor Muleta Kalaluka from Mongu, Mutaba Mutaba, a community development officer and district works supervisor, Lawrence Mukena.
The other was a teacher from Sioma Secondary School, Masialeti Masiye, in whose house the so-called administrator general, Afumba Mombotwa made a video of the swearing-in ceremony.
On August 14, this year, the purported Linyunga Ndambo chairperson, Afumba Mombotwa was alleged to have circulated a video showing him being sworn in as administrator general of Barotseland. He is currently on the run together with his co-conspirators.
The so-called swearing-in video of Mombotwa which was shot in Sioma was made available on the Internet blog sites, the Barotse Post and Barotse Radio on August 15.
The four suspended officials are among the 45 protestors who were arrested on August 15 following the circulation of the so called swearing-in-ceremony video.
Of the 45, nine were arrested in Mongu and another nine in Senanga while 27 were nabbed in Kalabo following a synchronised public demonstration.
Police confiscated banners, Linyunga Ndambo identity cards, fliers, compact discs and other documentation.
The registrar of societies in a statement issued by Ministry of Home Affairs public relations officer, Moses Suwali, denounced the Linyunga Ndambo Association for pursuing what he said was a ‘criminal agenda and acts inimical to national security’.
Chief Registrar of Societies Kakoma Kanganja stated categorically that the association was illegal as it was not registered with his office and any attempts to register the group would not be condoned.