News Editor, Barotseland Post
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.
A LEGACY OF INDIGENOUS AFRICAN NATIONALISM
Edited by Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika
This book expands into the neglected history of Pan African Cross-Border and African traditional leadership in the Southern African liberation struggle. It pays homage to African indigenous leadership, such as illustrated by the seven African Kings appointed as Honorary Presidents of Congress, at its founding at Bloemfontein on January 8, 1912. These were Dalindyebo of the Thembus; Montsioa of the Barolong; Lewanika of Barotseland; Letsie II of Lesotho Khama of Mangwato of Botswana; Marclane of Pondoland and Mopei of the Bakgatla. King Lewanika of Barotseland is the subject of the memorial lecture. Nelson Mandela, named his second son, Makgatho Lewanika, in honour of Sefako Mapogo Makgatho, the second President of the ANC and King Lewanika of Barotseland.
PRESS STATEMENT: Issued by a Diaspora Group of Barotseland Nationals at Mongu
09 February 2017
We the undersigned, being a consultative group of Barotseland Nationals within the Diaspora, hereby confirm our meeting with the KUTA at Limulunga yesterday the 8th February 2017 which was followed by the courtesy call on His majesty Lubosi Imwiko II, Litunga of Barotseland, to express grave and growing concerns on the non-implementation of Barotse National Council (BNC) resolutions 2012.
The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has charged that Barotseland is a separate and independent country from Zambia, and therefore, the constitution of Zambian has no effect in Barotseland.
The royal establishment has further declared that the law suit against the Litunga in the Mongu High Court is null and void.