Zambia police arrest man with seditious materials

Police have arrested a man in southern Zambia's Livingstone city who was found with seditious materials, among them, a warning to President Edgar Lungu not to step into western Zambia, the head of the Zambia police said on Tuesday.

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Inspector General of Zambia Police Kakoma Kanganja said the seized materials border into threats on national security.

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In a statement emailed to the media, the police chief said the 55-year-old suspect was arrested after a tip-off from members of the public. Among the documents seized includes a soft copy of a document warning the Zambian leader not to set foot in Western Province.

The police chief said that other materials found include a laptop containing seditious documents and publications after a search, a mobile phone with seditious audio recordings in a folder, and various email messages of a seditious nature in the suspect’s email address to various recipients.

The statement said the suspect was working with other unknown people in preparing the materials which were being distributed in the western part of the country.

According to the police chief, the mobile phone also contained numbers of known convicts of seditious practices, while a Blackberry mobile phone contained an audio of the national anthem of Barotseland, images of Barotseland national identity card.

The police also recovered other documents highlighting the Barotseland independence from the rest of the country.

The suspect has since been arrested and charged for possession of seditious materials.

Last week, a court in central Zambia’s Kabwe town jailed three cessation activists to 10 years each with hard labor after finding them guilty of treason in relation to the declaration of Western Province as an independent state.

People of western Zambia have been calling for the separation of the province from the rest of the country, a move that has resulted in arrests of some proponents.

The proponents have accused successive Zambian governments of failing to honor an agreement to grant the province autonomy, resulting in tensions rising.

They refer to a 1964 treaty with the Barotse monarchy, which had a strong influence over a large part of what is now Zambia. The area became the Western Province after the king signed the Barotseland Agreement, joining the rest of the region in the new independent Zambia. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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