News Editor, Barotseland Post
When the Barotse complained and cried about the apparent suspension and blatant violation of their basic human rights such as freedom of speech, expression, conscience and assembly under successive Zambian regimes, more especially under the current Edgar Lungu led government, many Zambians laughed and mocked that the Lozi ‘secessionists’ deserved to be treated with such heavy handedness.
The statement popularly attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, that our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter, must inspire all Barotse to continue speaking for Barotseland because silence is no longer an option.
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.