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Lozis to declare independence when parliament is dissolved

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A group calling itself Linyungandambo plans to declare independence of Barotseland once parliament is dissolved.

Sources in the intelligence have disclosed to the Watchdog that president Rupiah Banda has been briefed and that is why he could be dilly-dallying to dissolve parliament and cabinet.

When parliament and cabinet are dissolved, it means that president Banda┬┤s term of office has come to an end but is required by law to remain in office to facilitate the handover of power to the new president.

It is during this period that the Linyungandambo plan to strike. Sources say some senior members of the Linyungandambo have of late been issuing statements in favour of president Banda just to deceive him of their real intentions.

It is not yet clear how the secession will be announced but sources say international media such as Voice of America will be used.

On January 16, police in Mongu seized an assortment of home-made weapons which included machetes, knives and some animal skins and catapults.

Western province police commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba was quoted saying the weapons were confiscated from supporters of Linyungandambo, BPF and the BFM.

In January this year, two people died and 130 were arrested in Mongu and Lusaka following violent clashes between police and groups of people agitating for the secession of Western Province.

That time, Police clashed with supporters of the secessionists Linyungandambo, Barotseland Freedom Movement (BFM) and the Barotse Patriotic Front (BPF).

The separatists had wanted to hold a defiant meeting and raise the Barotseland flag but the police would have none of that.

<a href=",2005:cluster=, 03 Jul 2011 22:06:27 GMT 00:00″>Lozis to declare independence when parliament is dissolved

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