LEFT – RIGHT: Sylvester Inambao Kalima (56), Likando Pelekelo (63) and Afumba Mombotwa (59); Barotse political prisoners incarcerated in Zambian jails since December 5th 2014 for advocating Barotse people’s rights to self-determination.

Zambia Correctional Service authorities in Luwingu have blocked a letter which incarcerated Barotseland activist and Linyungandambo leader Afumba Mombotwa recently wrote to the Litunga Lubosi Imwiko ii.

Sources within the prison have told the Watchdog that the letter was blocked from reaching the Litunga because officers feared that they may be fired by Edgar Lungu if the letter reached the Litunga.
‘Yes the letter was written addressed to the Litunga but there was fear that the President was going to be very upset with Correctional Service authorities had that letter been allowed to reach the Litunga and possibly get published by the media,’ a prison source revealed.

Afumba Mombotwa is currently saving a 10 year jail sentence at Luwingu Correctional facility while his two ‘accomplices’ Likando Pelekelo and Inambao Kalima are being held in Mansa and Kasama correctional facilities respectively. The three were accused of ‘usurping executive powers’ a treason felony in Zambian law following their participation in implementing the 2012 Barotseland National Council (BNC) independence resolutions which were sanctioned and indorsed by the Litunga Lubosi Imwiko allowing Barotseland to revert to its pre-1964 status of a sovereign state following Zambia’s abrogation of the 1964 Barotseland unity treaty.

The Litunga however turned to the Zambian government after they bribed him to turn against his people and block the implementation of the BNC resolutions.

And one of the incarcerated activists Likando Pelekelo lost a son yesterday (25th September2017). Joe Likando, his third born child is the second son he has lost while in prison after he earlier lost his first born son in March this year.

The other activist being held in Kasama Inambao Kalima has been sick but has now recovered though he is still weak.

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