Former Barosteland Ngambela Clement Sinyinda charged with treason

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Ngambela of Western Province Clement Wainyae Sinyinda
Former Ngambela of Western Province Clement Wainyae Sinyinda

FORMER Barosteland Ngambela Clement Sinyinda yesterday appeared in the Mongu magistrate court after being charged with an offence of treason following his arrest by police.

Mr Sinyinda was apprehended by police on Tuesday in Mongu from his home for allegedly pushing for the secession of Western Province from the rest of Zambia.

Western Province Police Chief Lombe Kamukoshi, who confirmed the development yesterday, said that Mr Sinyinda would appear in court again on October 10, 2013.

In an interview yesterday, Ms Kamukoshi who could however, not avail more details said that Mr Sinyinda was questioned and charged with a charge of treason.

“He was interrogated and charged with treason felony and he appeared in the Mongu magistrate court today (yesterday) but the matter has been adjourned to October 10, 2013,” she said

According to sources, Mr Sinyinda’s interrogation by police was also in line with his purported communication with fugitive self-imposed Barotseland Administrator General Afumba Mombotwa.

Over 70 people were recently arrested from that province and charged with treason after their ringleaders attempted to hoist a flag to signify the independence of Barotseland from Zambia.

In Livingstone this week, police apprehended two people for publication of seditious materials pertaining to the Linyungandambo Association which was also advocating for secession of Western Province from Zambia.

The duo was found with a computer which was used for publication of business cards, stickers for Baroste police and other rebellious documents for Linyungandambo.

Southern Province Police Chief Charity Katanga named the duo as Dickson Kunda, 29, of Maramba Township in Livingstone and Naude Leon Herinch, 56, a South African national but European of origin.

Their apprehension comes after Linyungandambo Chairperson Afumba Mombotwa was alleged to have circulated a video depicting him to be sworn in as Administrator General of the Barotseland. He is on the run together with his co-conspirators

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56 COMMENTS

    • @Maano the lozis were foolish enough to agree to cede their power not that they were cheated. The royal family were more educated than even Kaunda himself so for me it is foolishness just. Once water is spilled, you cant collect it, so that’s the case with barozi bull sh it. I am lozi and I am happy it happened this way, otherwise only the royal family and their stup id indunas would be educated like the winas boast of attending london school of economics when all our parents got was senanga trade school despite being more inteligent.

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    • People lets be aware that the tide has shifted, world over humans are showing signs of mental incapacity, it is not only in Zambia or Africa were individuals or groups are expressing signs of extremesim, in western countries it is being witnessed everyday how humans are showing greedy behaviour without shame. This should tell us that no matter how much we try to curb such behaviour, it will always apply as nothing can be done about it, humans are strange and very complicated species that can never be Termed. The only remedy to such is emotional and mental healing that can help reduce escalation of this illness. Just take a look at the symptoms, determine what causes such actions, this tells us more of how zambia is doing economically and socially, signs are significant to human life!

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  1. Haha,the same clueless PF govt that wanted to arrest RB for a political comeback which they interpreted as treasonous grounds.We have clowns running GRZ.

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    • Read and obtain knowledge before you criticise people for claiming their rights!
      Are you not aware that before Independence in 1964 Barotseland was a British protectorate – a state whose diplomatic and/ or military resources were supplied by or under the protection of another but more powerful nation/ entity – Br? Barotseland was a state with international law interpretation and could have gone separately upon independence from Britain in 1964. However, by way of false pretences by the Kaunda regime, Rotses or Lyondos [Malozi] were cheated into joining forces with Northern Rhodesia to form a new nation of Zambia. Remember the motto that was coined in that regard was One Zambia One Nation, and NOT One Zambia One STATE! Barotseland was to retain her statehood within the nation of Zambia.

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    • Treason entails removal of legitimate government by force. Which government are the freedom fighters in Barotseland removing from power or which part of Zambia are they taking away? Tell me, How does Zambia own Barotseland. Is Barotseland legally part of Zambia and, if so, how?

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  2. Mwana akalila bonzo mupase imucheke.They thought running govt was as easy as opposing govt.Reckless promises costed john his head.should we chop the head now?

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    • lazarous, which John are you referring to? If you are talking about John the Baptist, he made no promises, let alone reckless promises! Look for a different buttress to your argument.
      Let the secessionists remember that some things with dire consequences are easy to start, but not so easy to stop. Better not start them, in the first place!

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  3. THESE ARREST SOMETIMES COMFUSES ME.2 YRS AGO SATA WENT THERE AND OPENLY SAID I WILL CUT ZAMBIA AND GIVE THIS BAROTSELAND TO U.HE WAS AND HE IS NOT ARRESTED PIPO OF GOD IS SATA NOT SURPOSED TO BE JOINTLY CHARGED?

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    • WAPYA BAISA, HE MCS MADE THOSE PROMISES IN HIS PERSONAL CAPACITY AND NOT AS PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA. HE NEVER CONSULTED ME AND OTHERS. I AM NOT PARTY TO WHAT EVER IS SEEN TODAY AS AN “AGREEMENT”.

      THE BAROTSE ISSUE IS DELICATE. FOR ME AND MANY OTHERS, BAROTSELAND SHALL NEVER SEPARATE FROM ZAMBIA. WHAT THESE GUYS ARE CHAMPIONING IS WAR! HENCE THE CRIMINAL CHARGES LUMPED ON THEM.

      WAR IS BAD. MY ADVISE IS ALL BAROTSE PEOPLE TO START REASONING WITH THE REST OF US FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE. PLEASE FIGHT AGAINST MARGINALIZATION AND NOT SEPARATION AND YOU WILL HAVE OUR SUPPORT!

      IF YOU FIGHT TO SEPARATE, THE GOVERNMENT WILL DEAL WITH YOU, AND YOU WILL NEVER HAVE OUR SUPPORT.

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    • He NEVER said he will cut Zambia he promised to re-open talks so its settled once and for all….get you FACTS straight

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    • @Akashambatwa, where have you been? It is the Zambian government that has refused to discuss this issue! The Barotse who are pushing for the Barotse Agreement are not advocating for war. They want the issue resolved because legally as they have argued; without the Barotse Agreement Western Province aka Barotseland is technically not part of Zambia. Sinyinda as far as I know has not broken any law. The demands he has made have been public. The Barotse National Council that was held in January 2012 was held in public. Zambia government officials, diplomatic missions, the UN etc were all in attendance. 2 and half years later we are been told that this was an act of treason. So is anyone who has talked to the so called Mombotwa. This is idi.oc.y by PF govt!

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  4. he should be jailed together with Kabimba, they have caused much harm to the nation. their tribalism is dangerous

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    • This is not about tribalism you simpleton. This about Zambia illegally occupying Barotseland outside the provisions of the Barotse Agreement. Kaunda thought by st…pidly abrogating the Agreement and expunging the name Barotse from all institutions the issue was just going to disappear. How wrong! Nobody forced Kaunda to sign that Agreement. Respect it and everything would be fine.

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    • @Straight Talk and Spear Warrior, tribalism is what your Sata and Pf are practicing. The Barotse Agreement is about NATIONALISM. Besides Lozis are not a tribe. A is the ethnic group you belong it. Barotdeland is about a Nation!

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  5. Ngambela wainyelawila Ur in big big trouble iwe kapoli 2gether with tour stinking good for nothing drunkds called lozis

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    • One wonders why you want to live in the same country with the so called stinking Lozis? Aren’t you going to be better off without these good for nothing Lozis? Or are you just a moron who can’t think logically?

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    • Michelo what very good reply for Zemutu. One wonders why you all insulting Lozis yet you don’t want them to separate, wow how moronic for sure.

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    • How can the quest for liberation, freedom and self determination be considered to be primitive desires? Come on, let us be serious! Freedom fighting comes natural as a higher than ordinary goal!

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    • Which stone age? They had an advanced country with laws and institutions when your people were still in the stone age. They simply want there country back. They don’t want to be part of a failed country that does not respect treaties, Agreements , laws and even its own constitution.

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  6. Police should arrest the Litunga also. He was fully backing Sinyinda. If they can arrest him, sanity will come.

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    • Are you itching for war? Zambia has no legal ground to stand on over this issue. Western Province aka Barotseland only became part of Zambia through the Barotse Agreement. Without this Agreement there’s no marriage. You are just id..iots who are making the situation worse with your police state. Treason charges have never worked anywhere in the world where issues like this are concerned. Civilised countries like the UK, US and Canada deal with issues like this through the political process.

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    • @Mma Khumalo:
      Zambia is a result of the integration of all the parts that constituted Northern Rhodesia. The Barotse Agreement which aided in that integration is a ‘fait accompli’ with no provision for its annulment. I see it like the case of a child after conception and birth: trying to separate its two constituent elements can only result in the pain and/or death of the child as a whole.
      Zambia must remain ONE state and country, and many would be willing to do all the needful to assure that unity. There is no fundamentally necessary reason why some people should be pushing for secession.

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    • @Mungoma; neither is there a provision in Barotse Agreement that allows the Zambian government to annul it. So tell the Zambian government to respect it!

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  7. I have a copy of the agreement its sad how much ignorance is playing most of you all…but lets enjoy the debate anyway…. I actually thought just like most of you all ati agreement was about one day handing it to Lozi people or ati Kaunda just signed it if anything the Lozi people themselves are to blame. Fight for mining rights which i think is actual fight than blind fight trying to separate….People read the agreement dont be fooled

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  8. Have heard a lot of misinformation about the Barotse issue.. well here it is word for word as it was debated in the house . This is the bill when discussing the independence of Northern Rhodesia.
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  9. It’s not easy for me to comment on barotseland,but sata promised to look at the agreement again in order that he levels the playing field but certainly not reducing mother Zambia,it’s the duty of any govt to keep the nation united,we know about Kaunda and them agreements hence sata has promised to bring development to western province isn’t that enough gentlemen lets keep talking for harmony.

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  10. I hate people who blog to insult . If the Lozi complain, it is their right. If you think they are wrong( which I think ,as it is not possible) advise and not insult them .

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  11. Wherewithal the much anticipated Dr Roger Chongwe Commission Report?? I think it is quite belittling and downright insulting to claim that the Barotse issue is a ‘non-issue’…..really?? I am afraid even some non-lozis like myself are extremely keen to see that this matter has it’s day in court. No wonder bo Sinyinda let down his guard and openly continued proposing for seceding (whatever it’s merits/demerits are). The lozis are some of the most respectful and honourable men and women I know. Even under the barrage of uncalled for insults and ridicule, they show great restraint and reply with sober and objective views. Keep it up bo ndates of kwa bulozi! The end of this sad atrocity in Zambia is surely at hand! My 50 ngwee piece of mind.

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  12. Self rule or self determination is possible only where there is relevance and all the affected people stand to benefit and the entire nation agrees through a legitimate democratic process. Therefore do not demand the establishment of the so called barosteland for the nostalgic and sentimental reasons being advanced by many tribal haters here

    The BA 64 has long lost it’s relevance and usefulness except to a select family clique of self-serving individuals who want to establish a monarchy in this day and age! Hallow, this is the 21st Century for crying out loud! Wake up and smell the coffee! Africa is democratizing while they want to take us backwards. No inch of Zambian land will ever be ceded to any group of people, like it or not.

    Not everyone who opposes secession is Bemba or…

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    • If it has long lost relevance why is the Zambian government charging people with treason over the same? logic is not a Zambian’s forte!

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    • Those who kill get killed also. Killing is not a prerogative. Civilized people know that talking and diplomacy is the way to go.

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  13. If you are not well schooled, refrain from using english. Use your mother tongue even if few will understand you.

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  14. Mr. Sinyinda now he is facing the law all by himself no wonder he resigned that possible because he realized that he was just putting himself and his immediate family at risk for no reason.

    I am Nkoya by tribe and I will never allow my heritage of Western Province to be turned into some monarchy run a clique of Lozi tribalists who think Western Province is their private property.

    Our brothers and sisters think we don’t know our history. Before 1964 what is now known as Kaoma district was known as Ma Nkoya area which was to be declared a province called Kafue Province as far back as the 1940s, it was never part of project barotseland so to call the entire Western Province as barotseland is daydreaming and it will never exist.

    Barotseland is just Limulunga at the most!!

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  15. will somebody please define the borders of the so called Barotseland. Has there ever been a referendum among the people living in the western province to find out how many of them want the agreement to be restored?

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