Politics

Twelve Arrested Barotseland Activists Moved from Mongu to Lusaka

The 12 Barotseland activists arrested in Mongu have been transferred to Lusaka after they were charged for malicious damage for allegedly tearing copies of the draft constitution to pieces.

This follows an order to the Zambia Police from President Michael Sata through his nephew defence minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to sort out people of Western Province for refusing to contribute to the constittion making process and for advocating secession.

The arrested youths where transported late afternoon and arrived in Lusaka last night.

“Sources within the police have told us that they have arrested innocent people because most of them are just young boys with the age of 17 or so. There are only three men,” an activist said,

“The police have told us that they were forced to make arrest to who ever was coming out of the residence pf place of his rt. Hon Ngambela.”

The activists say the information obtained indicate the police were only acting on orders from the command who had been ordered by State House to sort out those perceived vocal over the issue of the seperation of Barotseland from Zambia.

Reports received from the area suggest that the people, however, behind the tearing of the copies of the draft constitution were leader of the Barotse Freedom Movement Chazele Mulasikwanda who is on the run.

“If you re-call earlier this year, the president talked and warned Mr Mulasikwanda that he will be sorted out,” the source said.

In October 2011, President Sata shortly after election to power pardoned twenty-eight Barotseland pro-secession activists have been released from jail after Zambia presidential pardon, a prisons official confirmed.

During the run up to the elections President Sata promised to honour the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 within 90 days but like on all his bogus promises he has failed to do so.

A Commission of Inquiry appointed by him over the Barotseland issue also recommended restoration of the agreement.

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