News Editor, Barotseland Post
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.
THE Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) says there is nothing to frighten them over the petition to the Mongu High Court by four individuals to have the Litunga vacate the throne.
The BRE’s Induna Imandi told The Mast that none of the 19 allegations of incompetence and fraud raised by the quartet had credibility.
He said what the petitioners were claiming was “all rubbish” and that “there is nothing to frighten us”.
The embattled Litunga of Barotseland, Lubosi Imwiko II, has been dragged to a Zambian court by some of his subjects for alleged gross incompetence and abuse of authority.
After a successful launch in Australia and Lusaka Zambia, the TLS Foundation held its official launch in Mungu on Saturday 14th January, 2017 at 13:30hrs at Barotseland’s King Lewanika General Hospital.