Media Editor, Barotseland Post

Media Editor, Barotseland Post

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Barotseland is indeed endowed with plenty of wildlife with an extensive variety of animal species of all kinds, including the Big Five game animals; the Barotse elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros.

The pangolin is the most heavily trafficked wild mammal in the world, often trafficked because their scales are prized in traditional Chinese medicine.

Last month of September 2016, the Pangolin was again in the international media because they were a subject at a big conference about protecting wildlife that took place in South Africa. The pangolin is such a rare and endangered species that it even has its own special commemorative day, the world pangolin day, which takes place on the third Saturday of February every year.

Barotseland is, therefore, truly blessed to be home to a couple of pangolin varieties.

 

A Moving Tribute to Honorable Paul J Masiye Masiyaleti by Nalule Mukelabai Chiyomba.

May I take this opportunity to convey my message of condolences, tribute and farewell to the Late Hon. Paul Masiye Masiyaleti.

I knew your name since I was a small boy because of the great relationship you shared with my own late father Mr Mukelabai Eric Nawa who died in 2005 while serving as a teacher at Lukona Secondary School (MHRIP).

You two looked alike, loved and cared about each other as if you were born from one and the same mother.

When your friend my father died, we his children and family had hope because you his partner was still there. Unfortunately, today you too have gone where your best friend is. Will you, please, greet him for us and tell him that we miss him dearly?

In national duty, you did your job professionally as a teacher, and many successful individuals today enjoy a happy and fulfilled life because of your contribution through the knowledge you imparted in them.

They will remember and miss you.

Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best this wonderful holiday has to offer, and may this incredible time of giving and spending time with family bring you the joy that lasts throughout the coming year.

May each day of the New Year bring you pleasant surprises like the curled petals of a flower that spread sweet fragrance slowly as it unfolds layer by layer.

No Year can be a bed of roses. But we wish you the courage and confidence to turn each obstacle into opportunity during the coming New Year.

Genuine success comes only to those who are prepared for it!

Therefore, never step back and always have the courage to accept new challenges in this coming year.

Today, as the world commemorates the World Toilet Day, we must take time to appreciate the powder room, the lavatory, the outhouse, the ladies, the gents, the convenience, the washroom, the men’s room, the women’s room, the bathroom, the dunny, the bog, the garderobe, the necessary, the restroom, the potty, the privy, the smallest room, the cloakroom, the latrine, the place of easement, the water closet (WC), the John, the Can, the little girls’ room, the little boys’ room, the ‘throne’ room and the facilities or whatever name you are most comfortable to call it.

In Barotseland, we may prefer to call it ‘Ndu ye tuna’, the Big House, because of its great importance!

While we are at it, we must make a stand against and work towards eradicating open defecation in Barotseland!

 

Barotseland Activist, Munyinda Munukayumbwa, has accused Zambia’s Vice President Inonge Wina and her government of deliberately disregarding long established customs of the Kingdom of Barotseland, thereby causing instability and open rebellion by some chiefs in the region.

Munyinda has warned that, by visiting a rebellious and self-imposed Mwene Motondo of Kaoma and allowing Zambia’s national broadcaster, ZNBC, to refer to him not only as Mwene Mutondo but also as ‘Senior Chief’ of Kaoma District, the Vice President was deliberately violating long established customary norms and that her visit was tantamount to an official recognition of Webster Mulubisha as Mwene Mutondo when, in fact, the Barotse Royal Establishment and the Litunga had neither installed or recognized him as such.

“Sadly, the visitation of the Vice President Inonge Wina, who should know better that the only person who installs Chiefs in Barotseland is the Litunga of Barotseland, entails that the Government of Zambia has, in fact, already recognized the self imposed Chief Webster Mulubisha as the legitimate Chief, Mwene Mutondo, of Kaoma area.”

What is even worse, Munyinda writes, is that ZNBC, in their report, referred to Mulubisha as the Senior Chief of Kaoma District, when in fact, ZNBC, as the national public broadcaster, should have known that the only Senior Chief in Kaoma District is HRH Chief Amukena Isiteketo, while the Mwene Mutondo title, which Mulubisha has usurped, is that of a mere area Chief!

As reactions continue to flow over the Supreme Court of Zambia’s verdict on Barotseland Independence leaders, one prominent Barotse independence advocate, Saleya Kwalombota, laments as he questions the silence of the Zambian media, international community and the Barotse elite;

HARD TO BEAR

The recent Supreme Court ruling in Ndola where Barotseland provisional government leaders have been sentenced to an additional five years from the initial 10 years following their appeal against the Kabwe High Court judgment of 2016 that handed them a 10-year sentence each is hard to bear.

The people of Barotseland and the world over should stand to condemn this kind of mistreatment of Barotseland independence advocates by the Zambian courts.

It has become clear that taking issues relating to Barotseland in any Zambian courts is not of any help as it will never receive a fair judgment in the face of Zambian courts.

This has further been demonstrated by Zambian media silence over the Supreme Court Judgment in Ndola.

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