Police lock-up former Ngambela Clement Sinyinda

Clement W Sinyinda, former Ngambela of Barotseland has been arrested and moved to remand prison in Mungu by Zambia police, well placed sources have indicated.

The former Prime Minister is currently at Mongu Remand Prison and will be moved to Mwembeshi to join fellow Barotse Activists currently held there for treasonable charges.

The Police have not given reasons, although sources have indicated that he has been mainly accused of having organized the 26th – 28th March 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC). He is also being accused of raising money to buy some ‘guns’ through Angola, as well as being in constant contact with Afumba Mombotwa, the recently sworn in Administrator general of Barotseland, currently top on the most wanted list of those accused with treason for agitating for the separation of Barotseland from Zambia

Sinyinda was apprehended at his home in Mongu by dozens of Zambia security forces armed with guns around 10:00 hours of Tuesday morning and taken to Mongu Central Police for questioning.

Currently over 71 Barotse nationals are already in Zambian detention camps awaiting trial for treason related offenses according to Zambian laws, punishable only by death if convicted.

The trial which has attracted International attention comes up on the October 2, 2013 with all Barotse detainees arguing that Zambian courts have no jurisdiction over them as they belong to the new state of Barotseland rather than Zambia.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports indicate that two others have been arrested in Livingstone after they were found distribution some Barotseland Identity cards of some sort. Of the two, one is alleged to be a South African National while the the other is from Barotseland.

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.

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, torture and in some instances, killings of the people of Barotseland, although these atrocities are never always acknowledged officially by Zambia