News Editor, Barotseland Post
Munyinda Munukayumbwa, the Barotse youth who was arrested over a facebook posting, lost his father last night at his home in Mongu, while he remains incarcerated without trial or opportunity for bail over some unclear but politically motivated charge of ‘sedition’.
His father, Mwiya Munukayumbwa, was sick since November last year but his condition worsened by the fact that his son was no longer able to offer him the valuable care.
The funeral is at the family house in Lubosi compound (township) at the airport in Mongu.
The new book titled KING LEWANIKA I OF BAROTSELAND: A LEGACY OF INDIGENOUS AFRICAN NATIONALISTS by Dr. Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika is finally being launched this Friday, 26th May, 2017.
The Launch event, perfectly timed to take place immediately after the African Freedom Day Commemorations, will be hosted by the History Department together with the Historical and Archeological Society of the University of Zambia(UNZA), Great East Road Campus, LUSAKA, on Friday May 26, 2017 at 10:00 Hours.
Accordingly, scholars, students, public servants, political leaders, traditional rulers and other concerned persons ARE herewith INVITED to hear the writer read passages from the books and respond to questions, comments and suggestions AS WELL AS BOOK REVIEWS BY Prof. Bizeck J Phiri and Dr Sishuwa Sushuwa.
The young Barotse activist, Munyinda Munukayumbwa (23), arrested and implicated in the recent burning of a local court in Limulunga, appeared before Magistrate Malata yesterday for mention after 12 days of unlawful detention. He was, however, officially charged with seditious practices instead of arson, the crime he was initially arrested for.
Munyinda was allegedly reported to the police by a self confessed ruling Patriotic Front supporter, Mwanamuke Isimwa, to have been behind the burning of the Suulu court in Limulunga a fortnight ago.
Munyinda Munukayumbwa, who was arrested on Friday last week for a yet to be known crime, has neither been formally charged nor accorded a bail hearing over a week after his arrest.
It, is however, alleged that he is the one who set ablaze the Suulu Local Court in Limulunga, an allegation he categorically denies.
It has also been established that Mwanamuke Isimwa, a social media ‘friend’ of his and a known Zambia ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party functionary, is the one who allegedly reported him to the authorities resulting in his arrest for his recent persistent social media criticism of Zambian president Lungu and Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II of Barotseland.
A young known critic of both Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II of Barotseland and President Edgar Lungu of Zambia has been arrested in unclear circumstances.
Munyinda Munukayumbwa, who is known to have been posting social media articles criticizing the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) and lately the Lozi king and the Zambian president, was arrested yesterday in Mongu.
In a royal communiqué to the Mbunda fraternity in Barotseland and Zambia dated 6th April, 2017, through the National Chairman of the Cheke Cha Mbunda Cultural and Writers Association National Headquarters in LUSAKA, the Mbunda monarchy based in Angola, King Mbandu III, Mbandu Lifuti, has implored all his subjects based in Barotseland and parts of Zambia to submit to the Litunga of Barotseland and the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) as it was the right and appropriate thing to do.