The status of the Litunga of Barotseland in transition is regulated by our founding freedom charter (signed and assented to by over 20,000 signatures in 2012 and sent to the international community, including the United Nations) which places the Litunga of Barotseland as 'Ngocana Molyetu', Head of State of the Kingdom of Barotseland. In this capacity, The Litunga, King of Barotseland, enjoys and will continue to enjoy immunity from all forms of litigation and uncustomary embarrassment. If, however, the occupant of the office exhibits behavior uncharacteristic of this office, he must and will only be subjected to the relevant vetting processes existing within our great kingdom.
As such, the Royal Barotseland Government (RBG), even in transition as Barotseland Transitional Government (BTG), will seek to respect the office of the Litunga as a distinct Barotseland institution which should never be dragged to any foreign court as doing so will be surrendering our sovereignty and independence to another power. Therefore, as a government in transition, we have not initiated any litigation nor are we party to any litigation in any court, in Barotseland or on any other soil seeking to dethrone the current Litunga of Barotseland.
In fact, such acts, from the Barotseland government and freedom charter point of view, are to be regarded as subversion bordering on treason against our own Head of State.
However, since this litigation is a process initiated by some ‘Zambians’ in a Zambian court and in the context of Zambia, it is there where the case will be given due legal determination. The only caution we can give to the litigants is for them to reflect deeply whether they wish to be Zambians or Barotzish. If they are free as Zambians to drag Lubosi Imwiko II to a Zambian court, it would be unbecoming for them as Barotseland citizens to do the same as he is currently the Litunga of Barotseland even in this transition.
We, therefore, wish to appeal to all those seeking to be loyal and royal citizens of Barotseland, regardless of tribe and creed, to at all times conduct themselves in behavior that is in line with our declared sovereignty in conformity to all our transitional laws.
We are currently in a very important transition as a nation, heading to a place where we wish to fully govern ourselves, independent of every other country on earth, therefore, looking back to Zambian institutions, such as courts, for dealing with our own national problems and challenges is like biblical stubborn Israel who kept looking back, craving onions, spices and lentils they left behind in Egypt every time they faced imminent hunger instead of looking to God, who was leading them out of bondage and subjugation. They were freed from Egypt, but their minds were still bound, even when God had already delivered them!
Secondly, the current litigation is not BAROTSELAND versus LUBOSI IMWIKO II but rather IMIKENDU and OTHERS versus LUBOSI IMWIKO II, and both parties in their capacities as Zambians. Therefore, The Royal Barotseland Government will not and must not be dragged into activities of citizens of another country, Zambia.
The Barotseland government in this transition is busy and preoccupied with finding ways and means of raising money and other resources to support a complete take over of governance of our independent Barotseland Kingdom, including but not limited to how we will run our hospitals, schools, civil service, security, commerce, industry and ensuring that all our institutions, including the Litungaship, are completely divorced from foreign domination and foreign state capture. It is in these efforts that we wish all our citizens’ cooperation and general involvement; remembering also that our leaders Afumba Mombotwa, Kalima Inambao and Likando Pelekelo need to be rescued from cruel political imprisonment by another foreign power. In the meantime, their individual needs such as food, health and protection while in prison should be our top priority.
This is the Royal Barotseland Government (RBG/BTG) perspective on how we can further entrench our declared independence and sovereignty.
God bless Barotseland. Tukongote, Litunga ni Lyetu!