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Govt: Linyungandambo a Threat to Internal Security

THE Ministry of Home Affairs says Western Province’s Linyungandambo Association, whose leader Afumba Mombotwa is on the run after shooting and circulating a video depicting him being sworn in as ‘administrator general of Barotseland’ last week, is a threat to Zambia’s internal security.
And four government officials in Western Province have been suspended for involving themselves in Barotse ‘independence’ activities.
Ministry of Home Affairs head of public relations Moses Suwali stated yesterday that any attempt by Linyungandambo to be registered by the Registrar of Societies would not be entertained because the intentions of those behind it were inimical to the security of the nation.
“Given the unlawful happenings in the Western Province in respect of Linyungandambo and other affiliate associations, I wish to state that the office of the Registrar of Societies is displeased with the reported activities,” Suwali stated. “The role of the Registrar of Societies in registration and regulation of societies is statutory and meant to ensure that criminal elements do not form societies for purposes of pursuing criminal agenda or acts that threaten the internal security of the country.”
Suwali further stated that as such, chief registrar of societies, Kakoma Kanganja, had categorically made it clear that Linyungandambo and affiliate associations were illegal entities that were not registered with his office.
And Western Province permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba said on Sunday that Linyungandambo, with its associated groupings, were illegal, had no formal government registration and that all their activities were unlawful.
“On August 14, Linyungandambo chairperson, Mombotwa, is alleged to have circulated a video depicting him to be sworn in as administrator general of Barotseland. He is currently on the run together with his co-conspirators,” he said.
Mwamba said the purported swearing-in video and the follow-up address was allegedly shot in the house of a Sioma Secondary School teacher, Masialeti Masiye, who had since been suspended.
“The so-called swearing-in video of Mombotwa was shot in Sioma was made available on the internet blog sites, the Barotse Post and Barotse Radio on 15th August 2013,” he said.
Mwamba named the other three civil servants that had been suspended in connection with the Barotse activities as Muleta Kalaluka, a public prosecutor at the Drug Enforcement Commission DEC, a community development officer Mutaba Mutaba and a district works supervisor Lawrence Mukena.
He said the four suspended government officials were among the 45 protestors that were arrested on August 15 following the circulation of the purported swearing-in ceremony.
“The 45 are mostly members of the Linyungandambo,” Mwamba said. “Of the 45, nine were arrested from Mongu and another nine were arrested in Senanga, while the 27 were arrested in Kalabo following a synchronised public demonstration.”
He said police confiscated banners, Linyungandambo identity cards, flyers, compact discs and other documents.
He has since warned local radio stations not to publish or aid in the production of illegal or subversive material.
“These activities undermine the security and peace of the province and the government will not hesitate to shut down any entity promoting and circulating the material,” Mwamba said. “We are aware that the financiers and architects of the protests are using innocent young men and sponsoring the protests.”
However, Mwamba said the province was calm and people were conducting their business without disruption or incidents.
“The isolated but planned seditious and subversive activities will not deter the government’s commitment to Western Province,” he said.
Mwamba, who said the Barotse Royal Establishment BRE was enjoying warm and cordial relations with the central government, said the government was determined to promote co-existence and unity among all tribal groupings in the province.
The province has 38 ethnic groupings.
Mwamba said those arrested were currently remanded at Mongu Central Prison and were scheduled to appear in court yesterday.
They include a retired police officer, Siisi Simasiku, and 80-year-old Mubita Mubita, the oldest of the suspects.

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29 Responses to Govt: Linyungandambo a Threat to Internal Security

  1. PF FOREVER Reply

    August 20, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Such things still exist

    • PATRIOT Reply

      August 20, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      The PF and President Sata have been doing EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to ensure that they bring DEVELOPMENT to this province. They have certainly gone out of their way to change the status quo in this Province! All at the expense of other Provinces in Zambia!!! A brand new UNIVERSITY. A State of the art STADIUM. The MOST EXPENSIVE ROAD in Southern Africa is being constructed in the Province! The government is in the process of reviving a number of key INDUSTRIES in the Province!!! What more do these people REASONABLY WANT..???!

      It is clear-this agenda of dividing our country is being perpetrated by small bunch of failed people, some of them failed politicians. This small group must simply be ARRESTED and IMPRISONED if found GUILTY. It is clear they are NOT REPRESENTING THE MAJORITY OF our brothers and sisters in Western Province of our beloved country!!!

      • isaac Reply

        August 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

        Very true my dear brother a lot of industries are being revived in this province what else do they want? Failed politicians are agitating all this to make the province ungovernable now, the question is will they themselves be able to unite them once they come into power after dividing them? Instead of talking progressive ideas, them they squabble.

  2. wesu Reply

    August 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    arrest and cage them for life what else are they looking for sata has taken development to western but some think backwards

  3. Disgruntled Lozis Reply

    August 20, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    New ultra modern soccer stadium, a new university, new tarred roads, the construction of the multi-million Kwacha mongu-kalabo road. There are also serious efforts to revive the cashew nut industry and upgrade social and administrative infrastructure.
    Surely what else you, disgruntled lozis want???
    In the past you have been citing lack of development as the reason for your militancy. But the situation is no longer the same. The sandy province is for the first time seeing unprecedented attention from the Govt.
    What else do you want you fools?????!!!

  4. wina.moses Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 7:28 am

    one zambia one nation.lets not fight guys.can we talk it over in peace instead.

  5. Joe Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 8:31 am

    It is very clear now that there are die hard criminals in the Barotseland. I think it’s time to arrest them and charge them for treason. In extreme cases they should be eliminated!

  6. muwina Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 8:43 am

    @ idiotss, why insult lozis fools, sata cheated, past presidents knew it was not possible, but he clearly put it on an open plate that it was free for all, isnt it the same sata who removed the Lingungandambo who were arested by lupiya banda, why is he not letting them free, (Mukanyela, u think yo can use people to vote for you through cheating) The truth should have remained the truth, it was not going to be possible- Amulitele, Sata is ruling based on ten commandements, ty shall say the truth, and the truth will set you free.

  7. muwina Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 8:53 am

    @Joe, LOZIS ARE NOT CRIMINALS, BABATENDEKEFYE, no lozi has ever gone to another province to tell lies.

  8. mwiya Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

    @Wesu sorry for your ignorance, development has been there in terms of education mind you, maybe you did not know, Western Province is the only province you can go deep in the villages finding old people speaking english like West African countries, You have just known education now, in terms of knowledge they are the first one, ask your grand -mother she will tell, ooh sorry she did not go to school like the grand mothers in western proving. so keep quite ***** fool.

    • isaac Reply

      August 21, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Educated pipo are supposed to cogitate reasonably and read between the lines not the opposite.

  9. Kenneth Kaunda Obama Mbewa Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

    why should Akafumba be on the run if he means well for the people of western province? and some selfish individuals seem to be very happy with such behaviours instead of guiding these people correctly.

    • isaac Reply

      August 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

      That’s the most cardinal question any sane person should ask. Why should he run away?

  10. mwansa Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Most pipo just coment without the full knowledge of the issue at hand, these pipo are clever, underate them but…….

  11. wabo Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

    ba muwina ubufontini,sata has tried hats off.how many lies have we heard from politicians ? and how many times have we reacted in this way? the ballot box is the best battle field.

  12. Lets Reason Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Its sad when people fight over a non starter issue not even if we were to have Lozi president can allow this.The same education they received that make there old pipo to speak better English was their benefit thats were they were white washed.independence is out the question for them let them die for something they will not have,they are just frustrated failures. we have enough ammunition to wipe them and plenty of soldiers who have not tested war the will be happy to wipe u and have funny in terms of raping the beautiful tall long legs lozi women.Why do you want enoccent people to suffer.we know you,we will find,Parade you for others to learn.January 14 was nothing watch up Bo Ndate!

    • isaac Reply

      August 21, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Indeed even a Lozi president cannot agree to such trash.

  13. MALI Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Kingdom ship is not presidentship, mwe fipuba mwe. if these pipo are nothing why go there in a hurry, most pipo in western province are not happy with the development, who made a mistake in the first place? keeping quite was going to be a very good reason for pf, than telling the villages about unimpossible decision. God help us

  14. Cheated fellow too Reply

    August 22, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Stop insulting Lozis, even me who is not a lozi i feel bad when am cheated.Sata lied to them and he never went back to them after being in office.If Sata had gone back to them and explain all abt and give them reasons of not recognising Barotseland agreement.He could give them option such as development.Currently, western province is the poorest one.You who are barking u never being in the province so stop being silly.

    • swine Reply

      August 22, 2013 at 10:16 am

      You are truly cheated!…come and see for yourself, the Pf government is doing most roads here in Mongu!I think you are the one who is being very silly actually! Development never seen before is taking place in Mongu! Mind you I live here, you swine!

  15. Lets Reason Reply

    August 22, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Abusive mali read the Agreement you seem to be very ignorant.Then you will understand what time it is and why it’s widely not accepted by zambians with a sound mind.Nkakushitila Indeke airport ukaifwaila and you start ukulaseba impanga you should know God but from your abusive language you must be sick in the head and it will take time for you to know that all politicians/Kings will never satisfy all your needs so if you are for the idea we will meet you tuka kulisha Copper.tukamone uko ika ku twala beak away from ZED.

  16. wina.moses Reply

    August 22, 2013 at 10:28 am

    you new dat it wasnt yo land dats why u neva developed it.stop playing games.what courage did u have to have signed dat agreement.do what you promised.guys lets be firm and why is britain not talking.just give us our land gentlemen.who needs a stadium anyway/

  17. Lets Reason Reply

    August 22, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Bo! wina you’ll grow old fighting for it and still wont get it,i will lock you up and probably even hung you when i am president in 2021 if you will Continue with your arrogance i think all these leaders are playing with you.we’ll treat you harder by far than what RB did to you january 14,by the way we know Barotse Better than you it’s just the name that you carry. Litumezi

  18. icimbusa Reply

    August 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    people of zambia,help me out here,as far as am concerned,if one communicates in english never means u a educated!poor u, english is just a language just like or bemba lozi or any other language.

  19. REPENT Reply

    August 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    alo iwe chikala pamulu change yor blog name mambaala @icimbusa no no no no

  20. icimbusa Reply

    August 23, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    ba repent wts yo position on this?y ba akafumba runng away if he knows what he is doing or he waz draggd in to doin this.so who takes care of his family?ask chanda chimba.he reachd a point of trueth in his life.becoming a fugitive in yo country.come out an face the law,ka treason eko winga butuka?uwakutumine alekumbata na bakashi bakwe

  21. mwana tau Reply

    August 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    SATA IS A CHEAT WHO SHOULD BE THE LAST PERSON AT ALL TO HAVE THE ACTIVISTS ARRESTED BY HIS GOVT. THOUGH I AM NOT LOZI, A DAY TO RECKON WILL COME. LOZIS MEAN IT AND NO AMOUNT OF PRESSURE WILL MAKE THEM U TURN, THIS I HAVE LEARNT AFTER STAYING WITH SOME OF THEM. ONE QUESTION YOU NEED TO ASKT YOURSELF EVEN AS YOU INSULT LOZIS IS “WHAT CONSTITUTED A UNITARY STATE” WHICH HISTORY WAS HIDDEN ALL ALONG, AND WHY WAS TE TRUTH HIDDEN IN THE FIRST PLACE? THE NASWER IS SIMPLE, ZAMBIA NEVER MEANT GOOD FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. IN THIS CASE, LOZIS ARE JUST BEING RESPONSIVE AND NOT PROVACATIVE

  22. mwana tau Reply

    August 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    WHY SHOULD YOU SINK SO LOW MR SUWALI? LINYUNGANDAMBO CANNOT AND WILL NEVER REGISTER WITH YOU COZ ITS NOT IN TANDEM WITH WHAT THEY STAND FOR

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