Activist Munyinda finally charged with six counts of promoting tribal war!

01 June 2019
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FILE: Mukela Manyando (R) accused of using Zambia police to settle political scores

 

After detaining him at Kambule remand prison for over two weeks without charge or trial, the Zambian state has finally charged Munyinda Munukayumbwa, 25, with the charge of ‘promoting tribal war’ contrary to section 46 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia, the first time such a charge has been slapped on any Barotse activist.

This is in a matter many Barotse people have called political intimidation and victimisation as Munyinda’s arrest came shortly after he had a social media row with the King’s traditional Prime Minister, Ngambela Mukela Manyando, over some matter pertaining to the Barotse Royal Establishment’s alleged neglect of Chief Mwene Chengele’s retainers who are now languishing in extended incarceration without trial since February, 2019 for allegedly assaulting some people from the opposing side in a longstanding succession wrangle in Nañoko Area of Barotseland.

When Munyinda’s matter came up for court hearing and possible charge yesterday, the Zambian state charged Munyinda with six counts of ‘Promoting Tribal War’ all contrary to section 46 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

And Munyinda Munukayumbwa has pleaded not guilty to the six charges, which are all alleged to be related to his Facebook postings.

“Munyinda Munukayumbwa is accused of running Barotseland Watchdog and authoring articles on his Facebook accounts which according to the police is Promoting Tribal War,” the Social Media BBN has reported.

In count one, particulars of the offence are that Munyinda Munukayumbwa, on 6th March 2019 in Mongu district of the Western Province of the Republic of Zambia, whilst acting together with unknown people without lawful authority, did make preparation for carrying on warlike undertaking by a way of circulating on his Facebook account, in the names Mohlompehi Munyinda Wa Munukayumbwa, an article titled “Real servants are needed at the BRE. The current ones are just followers”.

In count two, particulars of this offence are that Munyinda Munukayumbwa, on 26th March, 2019 in Mongu district of the Western Province of the Republic of Zambia, whilst acting together with unknown people without lawful authority, did make preparation for carrying on warlike undertaking by a way of circulating on his Facebook account, in the names Mohlompehi Munyinda Wa Munukayumbwa, an article titled “Edwin Litunga Lubosi II and his traitors have been dribbled by Edgar Lungu”.

In count three, particulars of the offence are that Munyinda Munukayumbwa, on 30th March, 2019 in Mongu district of the Western Province of the Republic of Zambia whilst acting together with unknown people without lawful authority did make preparation for carrying on warlike undertaking by a way of circulating on his Facebook account in the names Barotseland Watchdog an article titled “Barotseland is not western province - Ngambela of Barotseland Mukela Manyando must hear this and perhaps he must go back to the village”.

In count four, particulars of the offence are that Munyinda Munukayumbwa, on 9th April 2019 in Mongu district of the Western Province of the Republic of Zambia whilst acting together with unknown people without lawful authority did make preparation for carrying on warlike undertaking by a way of circulating on his Facebook account in the names Barotseland Watchdog an article titled “Breaking news - Senior Chief Amukena arrested by the Army”.

In count five, particulars of the offence are that Munyinda Munukayumbwa, on 17th April, 2019 in Mongu district of the Western Province of the Republic of Zambia whilst acting together with unknown people without lawful authority did make preparation for carrying on warlike undertaking by a way of circulating on his Facebook account in the names Barotseland Watchdog an article titled “The people of Barotseland defended Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II during the Chongwe Commission of inquiry”.

In count six, particulars of the offence are that Munyinda Munukayumbwa, on 17th April, 2019 in Mongu district of the Western Province of the Republic of Zambia whilst acting together with unknown people without lawful authority did make preparation for carrying on warlike undertaking by a way of circulating on his Facebook account in the names Barotseland Watchdog an article titled “Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II and Malozi”.

Meanwhile, sources within the Zambia police command in Mongu have reportedly disclosed to social media Barotseland Broadcasting Network (BBN) that the main complainants in Munyinda Munukayumbwa’s cases are the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE), who must now prove their ridiculous accusations against him.

However, Munyinda, who was released on bail yesterday, has told BBN that he is ready to meet the BRE in court, and he will seek to use his trial to expose the frivolous BRE.

Munyinda Munukayumbwa's case has been adjourned to the 14th and 28th of June 2019, and then 25th and 26th July 2019 for trial.

He was arrested on 14th May 2019 by the Zambian oppressive police forces in Mongu and he has been in custody ever since that time until yesterday when he was released on bail.

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