Man with seditious material nabbed


POLICE in Livingstone have arrested a 55-year-old man for alleged possession of seditious material linked to threats against President Lungu.
Inspector-General of Police Kakoma Kanganja said in a statement yesterday that police conducted a search on Erich Akakandelwa after a tip from members of the public and arrested him on March 11, 2016 in Livingstone.
“Police had obtained primary information that on unknown dates this year the suspect, whilst acting with other persons unknown, had prepared materials that were seditious in nature and were being distributed in Western Province,” he said.
Mr Kanganja said among the documents and equipment that were found and seized from the suspect is a black Lenovo T61 thick pad with a broken screen.
He said the pad contained various seditious documents and publications while a white Vodafone mobile phone also had seditious audio recordings in a folder.
He said Akakandelwa’s phone also had various messages of seditious nature in the suspect’s email box to various recipients with (permanent document format) PDF attachment of the Barotse penal code act and criminal procedure code.
Other details on the suspect’s mobile phone were numbers of known convicts of seditious practice and other acts of similar nature.
Mr Kanganja said police grabbed another Blackberry 9790 mobile phone with an audio of the Barotse national anthem (instrumental), images of Barotseland flag, coat of arms, Barotse certificate of citizenship and a Barotse national identity card.
He said a soft copy document warning President Lungu in his capacity as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces not to set foot in Western Province was found in the phone.
Other documents are four copies of different bank note sizes, bank of Barotseland menu notes depicting front and back images of fifty (M50) notes and twenty (M20) notes with serial no. E20 100001.
Other features were a zebra and tree encrypted on the note recovered from the suspect’s wallet.
Mr Kanganja said the suspect is in police custody awaiting trial in the courts of law.
He has warned members of the public not to engage in such behaviour as it is a criminal offence.

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