Former Ngambela of Barotseland Sinyinda apprehended by Zambia Police

Information reaching us is that the former Ngambela (Traditional Prime Minister) of Barotseland Clement W. Sinyinda  has been apprehended by Zambia Police, in their continued arrests of those perceived to be pushing for separation of Barotseland from Zambia.

A concerned citizen who phoned Radio Barotseland a while ago indicated that Sinyinda was picked up by Zambia Police in Mongu earlier this morning (Tuesday, September 24, 2013) and is currently being questioned over suspected treasonous activities.

Sinyinda presided, as Ngambela, over the 26th – 28th March 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) gathering at which meeting the Barotse people unanimously decided to accept the unilateral abrogation and  nullification of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 by Zambia, and also resolved that Barotseland immediately initiated all formal and necessary procedures and acts for the re-establishment of Barotseland Sovereignty and Independence, a de facto break away from its current underlying status within the Republic of Zambia.

In Barotse governance system, the Barotseland National Council (BNC) is the highest and most representative decision making body, whose resolutions are irreversible by any other organs or institutions except through another BNC gathering.

Sinyinda, after his resignation as Ngambela, joined the Activist movement and chaired the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) and organization he formed a couple of months ago.

The current wave of Zambia police mass arrests and heavy handedness has come in the wake of the Barotse people’s further resolve to push for complete separation from Zambia as they declared a Barotseland transitional government headed by one Afumba Mombotwa as administrator general.

So far successive Zambian regimes have always responded to such activities with military heavy handedness resulting in mass arrests, alleged torture and in some instances, killings of the people of Barotseland, although these atrocities are never always acknowledged officially by Zambia

We will update this story as it progresses.

Police Commsioner for Western province could not be reached for a comment by press time.