Leader of Barotseland activists caged

BAROTSELAND administrator general Afumba Mombotwa and two others were yesterday arrested at Kasaya by police in Mwandi

This happened after they were invited by Chief Inyambo Yeta of Sesheke. The arrest took place as they were returning from Mwandi on their way to Livingstone.

It is believed that someone alerted the police who arrested them. However, it is not clear the charges the trio are facing, but they are currently detained in Sesheke, amidst fears among Barotseland independence advocates and Lozi speaking people generally for their safety in the hands of police.

On August 14, 2013, Mr Mombotwa took oath of office as administrator general of Barotseland, a transitional position that would see him head a three year transitional civil government tasked with the responsibility of among other things seeking international diplomatic recognition of Barotseland statehood.

At the time, over 100 Barotseland activists were arrested and charged with treason punishable by death under the laws upon conviction.

They were later released on nolle prosequi, but the manhunt for Mr Mombotwa continued until his arrest yesterday.

Mr Mombotwa is also chairman of the Linyingandambo, a leading movement for the total independence of Barotseland.

On March 27, 2012 the Barotse National Council, the highest and most representative body Barotse of Barotseland resolved unanimously that Barotseland should be a sovereign State.