Media Editor, Barotseland Post
Original by NORIMITSU ONISHIDEC. 18, 2017, The New York Times.
JOHANNESBURG — In a humbling rebuke to President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, the African National Congress chose an anti-apartheid hero and business tycoon as its new leader on Monday, positioning him to become Mr. Zuma’s successor.
Barotse activist Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe has continued to present her artistic project "Wade in the Water” in Mexico.
Over the weekend, the Wade in the Water performances were scheduled for Sisal, Mexico and we will continue to follow her campaign across the world as she presents what she has described as a "hybrid multi-generational archival encounter", which pays tribute to her great grandfather King Lewanika of Barotseland, using photographs, documentaries, music and performances.
Dear President Mugabe,
I am writing this open letter to you which I am aware is not the normal method of communication between leaders.
Mr. President, I am writing to appeal to you to be sensitive to the wishes of the people of Zimbabwe and to do the honourable thing by voluntarily relinquishing power as the President of Zimbabwe.
Robert Mugabe has resigned as president of Zimbabwe with immediate effect after 37 years in power, the speaker of the country’s parliament has said.
SOMALILAND, whose statehood is yet to be internationally recognized after breaking away from Somalia in 1999, held its third successful presidential election whose electoral procedures were observed by an international election observation mission. The international observers, including representatives of UNPO, applauded the overall successful electoral process while, at the same time, noting minor concerns to consider for future elections. The current president, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud, had not sought re-election, clearing the way for one of three candidates to assume his post. Vote counting is currently underway.
With human rights conditions aggravating against the people of Barotseland, the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) participated in the 28th pre-sessions of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), held on 10 October 2017, in which the Republic of Zambia was under review. It was a chance to engage on an international level to bring attention to the wrongdoings of the Zambian Government. As a Civil Society Organization, the BNFA particularly addressed Zambias occupation of Barotseland from 2002 on and the ongoing discrimination against their people.