The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has been challenged to explain the role it played in organizing last year’s Barotse National Council (BNC) on which some people have been charged with treason.
Alliance for Development and Democracy (ADD) leader Charles Milupi said it was unfair that former Ngambela Clement Sinyinda and others had been charged with treason when the council was organised by the BRE.
The PF government had arrested 84 people who celebrated the swearing in of administrator general Afumba Mombotwa and for wearing the red traditional beret.
Milupi said it was disappointing that after all that had happened to the people of Barotseland the BRE had remained mute and showed no sign of concern.
He said the former Ngambela was charged with treason on claims that he organised the BNC when in fact he was only two months in office and that other people from the BRE were in charge of organizing the council.
Meanwhile Milupi has appealed to the Human Rights Commission and Civil Society Organisations to treat the incarcerations as abuse of people’s rights.
He said the rights of the people that were arrested had been trampled on and there was no excuse as to why this should not be a concern to the human rights body.
The opposition leader said this had all happened after President Michael Sata promised the people of Western province that he would restore the 1964 Barotseland Agreement.
“The Barotseland Agreement has been made worse by the false promises of Sata and the PF. This is what happens when you have people in politics that ascend to power by lying but what they must all know is that the agreement is a treaty which cannot just be thrown away.
“It requires logical minds to deal with it. Demanding for the restoration of the agreement is not a treasonable offence and how can talking about it constitute treason. A charged of treason is very serious and the state should not rush to pronounce that on innocent people,” he said.
Milupi further said that very fact that a number of people had been released on a nolle was a sign that security wing did not enough to establish why the people were arrested and that there was need to investigate offences before arresting the suspects.
He said it was in humane for government to arrest women, old people and juveniles and appealed to government to treat these people fairly.
He said the senior PF officials had sympathized with the people that were charged under the MMD government.