Court orders Police to take 17 Barotse Activists for medical check up

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From our Correspondent in Barotseland

Kaoma Magistrate Exornobit Zulu has instructed the Police and Prisons Service in Kaoma district of Western Province to have medical officers examine 17 Barotseland activists that were allegedly assaulted by Police officers during their routine operations at Kaoma prisons.

And Magistrate Zulu has cautioned the 17 activists against causing animosity and being confrontational to Police Officers saying they are in the habit of threatening officers, telling them to immediately acquire passports as they will vacate Barotseland (Western Province ) as soon as their case ends.

This came to light yesterday when the 17 Barotse activists appeared for continued trial before Magistrate Zulu for allegedly tearing 113 copies of the Zambian draft constitution.

Magistrate Zulu said the court’s desire was to conclude the matter in the shortest possible time so that fairness and justice prevailed. and urged them to avoid using sarcastic words on prison officers. He said he does not condone any form of violence or torture and that anyone with a complaint should lodge it with relevant authorities. The court has adjourned the matter to 12th November, 2012 for mention and 21st November, 2012 for continued trial.

On 21 September this year, Barotseland activists currently detained at Kaoma Prisons for alleged malicious damage and conduct likely to breach peace told Kaoma Magistrate that had been assaulted by Police Officers who went to do routine check ups.

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