News Editor, Barotseland Post
Mrs. Emertrude Afumba, wife to incarcerated Barotseland transitional government leader, Afumba Mombotwa, was last night attacked by some unknown people at her family residence.
A family source has revealed that Mrs. Mombotwa, who sustained some deep cuts near her right eye and on her left hand, was rushed to the hospital where she was admitted around midnight.
FOUR prominent Lozis who have sued the Litunga of Western Province for alleged failure to govern have no locus standi to commence an action for and on behalf of over 90 percent of all Lozi people in the Republic of Zambia, one of the Litunga’s lawyers has told the Mongu High Court.
The high-profile case failed to take off in the Mongu High Court on Friday in a dramatic turn of events and the respondent’s lawyer Christopher Mundia has asked the court to dismiss the matter for incompetence.
The case in which four Zambians have sued Lubosi Imwiko II in his capacity as Litunga of the Western Province of Zambia could not take off this morning as scheduled for non-availability of a High Court Judge to preside over it.
Mongu does not have any resident judge but depends on judges that periodically come to hold sessions in Mongu and because there was no judge assigned to the case, it has been adjourned indefinitely until a judge has been assigned to it. It is the same judge who will then decide when the court will sit again to hear the case.
THE three suspected poachers, including a Zambian police officer, that were arrested in connection with illegal ivory trading in Kaoma on the 22nd December 2016 after they were allegedly found possession of 47 kilogrammes of elephant ivory will appear again before the Kaoma Court under the presiding Magistrate Honourable Malata on the 24th February 2016.
In order to avoid what they have called ‘unwarranted’ suspicion and ‘malicious’ propaganda that Zambia’s ruling establishment is backing Imikendu’s Litunga Litgation, the ruling Patriotic Front party is now set to fire two of their most hardworking members, Nabiwa Imikendu and Charles Mutemwa, who have dragged Lubosi Imwiko II to a Zambian high court, demanding that he abdicates as Litunga of ‘Western Province’ of Zambia for alleged gross incompetence.
Hosting the Kuomboka ceremony amidst the current confusion and tension will do more harm than good for the Kingdom of Barotseland, governance and cultural expert Muyendekwa Sishekano has advised.
“While the ceremony has been the pinnacle of the Barotse Kingdom in terms of marketing its rich and diverse cultural heritage, it would be counterproductive if the ceremony were to be held in the present ‘charged’ atmosphere. It is no longer a secret that the citizens of the kingdom are frustrated with their monarch and royal establishment for their apparent reluctance in supporting the speedy implementation of the unanimous 27th March 2012 Barotse National Council independence resolutions,” Muyendekwa has observed.