Twenty three people arrested and charged with reason over the secession of western province for the republic of Zambia have today appeared in court for mention.
The twenty three suspects appeared before Lusaka principle resident magistrate Sharon Newa.
Among them include farmers Mulasikwanda Chezele, Nyambe Namushi, Mukubesa Ilukena Mwiya Sihope and 92 year old Mutumwa Mutumwa.
Others who are witchdoctors by profession include Wmulume Mwiya and Eugen Manyenga.
Mutangelwa Imasiku the man believed to be the ring leader is also among those that have been charged with the offense of treason.
Munyangana Munyangan, Nayoto Kamwendo Lyamba, Upite Kazhiko,Masheto Sihanda, Pumulo Muwema, Siyambango Siyambango, Mulanda Mayunmbelo, Savour Mumbela, Jostone Sinonge Lutangu, Micheal Katupisha,Mutakela Mutakela, Geofry Nawa, Pumulo Maimbolwa, Wamulume Mwiya, Manyenga Kapatiso, Mukelebai Akolwa and Lyamba Mutumba are among the suspects.
All the suspects are being remanded at Lusaka central prisons and are expected to appear before the Lusaka magistrate court for another mention on February 1 2011.
They are alleged to have on 1 October 2010 and January 14 2011 in Lusaka and Senanga district western province endeavored to or prepared to procure by force setting up the Barotseland state in western province which forms part of Zambia.
An offense of treason is heard in the high court.
State prosecutors are however waiting for instructions from the director of pubic prosecutions to have the matter committed to the high court for trial.
Once found guilty the suspects are liable to either death sentence or life imprisonment