On whether he would accept the alleged bribe or not, the informant said he was not interested in the offer as such a plot goes against his principles and common decency.
“I am not interested in their offer. This is why I have revealed this ploy to advise others to reject the money if approached because such deals have a way of back-firing! Moreover, it is against my principles”
The Permanent Secretaries allegedly involved in this scheme are those from Southern and Western provinces where Barotseland independence activism is most prominent.
Since 2011, hundreds of Barotse people have been arrested and detained, sometimes for much longer than three months without trial, in both Southern province (Livingstone) and across the Western province over charges ranging from seditious practices to treason in circumstances related to the peaceful push for Barotseland self-determination to try and dissuade others from getting involved.
However, these arrests and incarcerations have instead emboldened the Barotse people in their quest for Barotseland self-determination, allegedly prompting this new strategy of luring known and targeted activists with money in the guise of economic empowerment.
If successful, this new strategy will also earn the two Permanent Secretaries some commendations from their appointing authority.