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Secretary of state for international affairs in the provisional Royal Barotseland Government (RBG) which was named by Barotseland Administrator General, Afumba Mombotwa, in August 2013 has died.

Professor Mwenda Mulundano (63) died yesterday, Monday, at 12:30 hrs local time at Lewanika General Hospital in Mongu where he was admitted the previous night following a rise in his blood sugar levels.

 

My fellow Barotse compatriots at home and in the Diaspora, and those visiting with us, as you celebrate Christmas with family and friends; as you deeply reflect on those treasured moments spent with loved ones; and as you renew your faith in Christ Jesus, I bring you my special Christmas greetings and merriment.

 

President, who had conceded defeat last week, changes his position, demanding new polls due to "serious abnormalities".

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has said that he rejects the outcome of last week's election that he lost to opposition leader Adama Barrow, only days after he conceded defeat to him in a public address.

 

Law makers from Barotseland in the Zambian parliament have expressed concern at the grabbing of legally obtained firearms from villagers by Zambian security wings exposing them to attacks by criminals.

Sikongo lawmaker Mundia Ndalamei told parliament on Friday (2nd December) that the move has left villagers unable to protect themselves from criminals who are mainly stealing livestock.

'Why is your government grabbing firearms from villagers leaving them vulnerable to these attacks?’ Hon Ndalamei asked.

The Zambian defence ministry, however, claimed that the guns they were grabbing from people in the region were illegal, and that people were voluntarily surrendering these guns under an amnesty for illegal firearms.

But Shangombo lawmaker Mubika Mubika argued that the guns which were grabbed from villagers were legally owned and registered.

AND the Zambian defence ministry has said that they have increased patrols along border areas in the contested region of Barotseland.

Zambia has since 2011 deployed hundreds of security forces from the army and paramilitary. However, these are not working to prevent criminal attacks on people by cattle rustlers but rather to keep an ‘eye’ on Barotseland freedom related matters.

 

"Although we are not happy to have been imprisoned by Zambia, we believe our imprisonment is helping in highlighting the cause for Barotseland independence,” incarcerated Barotseland Administrator Afumba Mombotwa has said in a Barotseland Post exclusive.

And the Barotseland Post can confirm that Inambao Kalima who was sick from suspected food poisoning at Mwembeshi maximum state prison has improved in his recovery.

“Go and tell the people of Barotseland that we are here (in jail) because God loves Barotseland! We could have delayed in attaining our independence if God had not brought us here. Therefore, we are very contented because (through us) the world now knows why we are here,” explained the highly spirited incarcerated Barotseland government leader.

“They (people of Barotseland) should not worry about us; and must never give up! We feel it is a blessing that we are here, so that the world may quickly know about the issue of Barotseland and why we are fighting to restore her to her original status.”

“We are not afraid of being kept here, and neither should they. We only wish to encourage all the people (of Barotseland) to work extra hard and entrench the Barotseland government,” concluded Afumba Mombotwa emphasizing that Barotseland has a capable government to carry on with the work even in his absence.

He also called for continued personal and collective national prayers for speedy and smooth transition.

Afumba Mombotwa (58), Likando Pelekelo (62) and Sylvester Inambao Kalima (55) are currently serving a ten year Zambian prison sentence each, with hard labor, over treason felony for allegedly usurping the powers of the Zambian executive, the charge and sentencing they continue to deny accusing the Zambian state of playing complainant, Judge, Jury and executioner all in one. This was in connection with their role in implementing Barotseland self-rule resolutions unanimously passed by the Barotse National Council (BNC) meeting of 27th March 2012, which called for Barotseland independence from Zambia after the latter repeatedly refused to restore a 1964 pre-independence treaty that guaranteed Barotseland’s autonomy within the new state of Zambia. The Barotseland Agreement of 1964 was, however, unilaterally annulled and abrogated systematically by Zambia’s first and successive governments without ever being implemented.

Over the fifty years, several appeals to have the agreement restored and honored were denied, while those calling for the honoring of the agreement were often arrested, tortured or killed by Zambian government agents, until the March 2012 BNC called for the independence of Barotseland form Zambia since the agreement that joined Barotseland to Zambia could no longer be restored.

The three were arrested on the 5th of December 2014, for spearheading the setting up of the Barotseland government in 2013. Ever since their arrest, they have been in more than a couple of Zambian jails, where they continue to face deplorable treatment like common criminals, despite their alleged crimes being of a political nature.

 

Donald J Trump won the 8th November 2016 US polls to become America’s 45th president. Mr Trump, 70, defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 69, after she conceded defeat in a phone call.

The billionaire real estate mogul will make history as the first person to enter the top job with no prior experience in public office or at high levels of the military.

Meanwhile, the incumbent president, Barak Obama, had campaigned alongside the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton with the hope to extend his legacy. However, Donald is now set to trump his legacy.

The BBC reports how leaders across the world have reacted to his election win.

TRUMP WINS US ELECTION: HOW WORLD LEADERS HAVE REACTED - BBC

World leaders are reacting to the triumph of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election.

As news of the result was confirmed, they began to send congratulations - some fulsome, some more tentative - to the business mogul.

RUSSIA

President Vladimir Putin has said he is willing fully to restore ties with the US following Mr Trump's victory.

"We heard the campaign statements of the future US presidential candidate about the restoration of relations between Russia and the United States," Mr Putin said on Wednesday.

"It is not an easy path, but we are ready to do our part and do everything to return Russian and American relations to a stable path of development.

"This would be good for both the Russian and American people and have a positive impact on the climate of world affairs."

In Moscow meanwhile senior nationalist MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky threw a party at the parliament building to celebrate Mr Trump's win. Former Soviet Mikhail Gorbachev has also welcomed his triumph.

Relations between the US and Russia have become more tense because of the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria and allegations of Russian cyber attacks in the US during the presidential campaign.

CHINA

Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Donald Trump in a telegram, state TV reported.

Earlier the foreign ministry said that China was hoping to work with the new US government to boost bilateral relations.

"US China trade relations are mutually beneficial. Two mature big powers like the US and China will handle things well," foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.

"We look forward to working together with the new US administration to push forward consistent, healthy and stable China-US relations which could be beneficial to the people of the two countries and to the world."

IRAN

President Hassan Rouhani said the result would not have any impact on Iran's policies. He was quoted by state media as saying the election result reflected internal discontent and instability within the US which would take a long time to be solved.

Speaking in relation to the Iran nuclear deal, President Rouhani asserted that it was a clever move by the Iranian government to establish it as a UN Security Council resolution rather than a deal with a single government.

Earlier Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by the official Irna news agency as saying that the new US president should stick by the deal.

"Iran and America have no political relations, but it is important that the future US president realises his duty to uphold the multilateral obligations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and we expect the international community to require this of the United States of America," he said.

IRAQ

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated Mr Trump, saying he's looking forward to America's continued support in his country's fight against Islamic State (IS).

Mr Abadi said he hopes the "world and the United States will continue to support Iraq in fighting terrorism".

Mr Trump's future policy in the Middle East remains unclear.

AFGHANISTAN

President Ashraf Ghani said that his country and the US are "strategic partners in the fight against terrorism and partners in development".

"[The] Afghan government is hopeful that close co-operation [with] the new president-elect will further deepen ties between the two countries," a statement released by the presidential palace said.

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah added that "combating extremism and efforts to bring peace and stability" are the top priorities of both countries, along with strengthening economic, military, social and cultural ties.

CANADA

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that "Canada has no closer friend, partner and ally than the United States".

"We look forward to working very closely with President-elect Trump, his administration, and with the United States Congress in the years ahead, including on issues such as trade, investment, and international peace and security," he says.

MEXICO

Conspicuously, President Enrique Pena Nieto does not congratulate Mr Trump on his victory.

Instead, he congratulates the US "for its electoral process" and tells the president-elect that he hopes the two countries will work together to form a stronger relationship.

VENEZUELA

The foreign ministry congratulated Donald Trump on his win, adding that they hoped the new chapter would be marked by "respect for non-intervention in internal affairs".

President Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly accused Washington of trying to overthrow the South American country's government, a charge that has been rejected by State Department representatives.

The two countries continue to engage in trade despite not having embassies in their respective capitals since 2010.
UK

In her message of congratulations, Prime Minister Theresa May focused on the "special relationship" between the two countries. She said that she hoped that Mr Trump's win would mean a continuation of shared values, including "freedom, democracy and enterprise".

"We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence," she said

"I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead."

FRANCE

President Francois Hollande said Mr Trump's victory "opens a period of uncertainty".

Speaking in a televised address, he said that there was now a greater need for a united Europe, able to wield influence on the international stage and promote its values and interests whenever they are challenged.

GERMANY

"The US is an old and venerable democracy," Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

"I watched the election result with particular suspense. Someone elected to be president by the American people in free and fair elections has importance far beyond the USA.

"For us Germans, other than with the European Union, we have no deeper connection than with the United States of America."

CZECH REPUBLIC

President Milos Zeman said Mr Trump's election was a victory over "media manipulation" as he congratulated the new US president.

"I would like to cordially congratulate Donald Trump. I had, as one of few European politicians, declared public support for this candidate... because I agree with his opinions on migration as well as the fight against Islamic terrorism," Zeman told reporters in a rare press briefing at the Prague Castle.

"I appreciate Donald Trump's public demeanour, he speaks clearly, sometimes roughly, but understandably, and avoids what is sometimes called political correctness."

INDIA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in tweets said: "We look forward to working with you closely to take India-US bilateral ties to a new height," he said.

JAPAN

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged a continuing close relationship between the US and Japan in his congratulatory message.

"I express my heartfelt congratulations on your election as the next president of the United States," his statement said. "Japan and the United States are unshakeable allies connected by common values such as freedom, democracy, basic human rights and rule of law."

TURKEY

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he hoped Mr Trump's victory would lead to positive steps for the Middle East and more freedom in the world.

He called Mr Trump to congratulate him and the pair spoke about cooperation on issues including fighting terrorism, the Turkish presidency said.

"I hope that this choice of the American people will lead to beneficial steps being taken for the world concerning basic rights and freedoms, democracy and developments in our region," Mr Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has wasted no time in urging the president-elect to extradite exiled US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed for orchestrating a coup attempt earlier this year, a charge he denies.

"If you extradite in a short time the head of a terror organisation who has damaged our historic friendship, I am sure that you can give Turkish-US relations a new start and open a new page," he said.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated Mr Trump in a statement, expressing hope that "peace will be achieved during his term".

ISRAEL

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he hoped to reach "new heights" in relations with Mr Trump, who he described as "a true friend of the state of Israel".

"I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region," he said.
Earlier hard line Jewish Home party leader and Education Minister Naftali Bennett said the notion of a Palestinian state was over after Donald Trump's win.

"Trump's victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the centre of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause," he said.

"This is the position of the president-elect... The era of a Palestinian state is over."

LIBERIA

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf tells the BBC that she is "extremely saddened" by Donald Trump's victory.

"Our concern is whether President-elect Trump will have an African agenda and build bridges," she said. "We can only hope that he will do so in due course."

The president said that she was worried about the future of trade deals between the US and Liberia in particular and Africa in general.

"We do not know what his policy towards Africa will be," she said.

"Obviously we are concerned but we will have to give him the benefit of the doubt."

SCANDINAVIA

Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway may have had concerns about the new president, but were hopeful their close relations with the US would continue.

"Let's give Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt," Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said, as he urged the US not to "close in" on itself.

Any surprise was met with a shrug by Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila, a self-made millionaire, who pointed out the polls "got it pretty badly wrong about Brexit as well".

He said that US relations for Finland, which shares a 1,300km (800 mile) border with Russia, are of "paramount" importance and that Trump's victory wouldn't mean a change in the non-aligned county's defence policy, its close ties to Nato or Finnish-Russian relations.

Meanwhile, Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg congratulated Donald Trump, and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said many Swedes were concerned about the election result, but that they had been "prepared" for it.

POLAND

Polish President Andrzej Duda congratulated Mr Trump in a letter, and said: "We are particularly pleased that during this year's Nato Summit in Warsaw the US decided to increase its military presence in Poland, thereby strengthening the Alliance's Eastern flank.

"We sincerely hope that your leadership will open new opportunities for our co-operation based on mutual commitment."

NICARAGUA

President Daniel Ortega - who won his third term as leader on Sunday - said he believed "it is possible to work with the United States" on the world's problems "giving priority to peace" as he congratulated Mr Trump.

THE UNITED NATIONS

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that "in the aftermath of a hard-fought and often divisive campaign, it is worth recalling and reaffirming that the unity in diversity of the United States is one of the country's greatest strengths".

"I encourage all Americans to stay true to that spirit. Today's global challenges demand concerted global action and joint solutions. As a founding member of the United Nations and permanent member of the Security Council, the United States is an essential actor across the international agenda," he said.

Mr Ban added that "people everywhere look to the United States to use its remarkable power to help lift humanity up and to work for the common good" which included the battle against climate change, advancing human rights and "promoting mutual understanding... to achieve lives of peace, prosperity and dignity for all".

THE VATICAN

Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin says the Vatican "respects the American people's choice" and hopes that Donald Trump will "serve the wellbeing and peace of the world".

"There is need for everyone to work to change the world situation, which is in great distress", he is quoted by La Repubblica newspaper as saying.

THE EUROPEAN UNION

Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that trans-Atlantic ties with the US went beyond the election of Donald Trump.

"We'll continue to work together, rediscovering the strength of Europe," she said.

EU Parliament President Martin Schulz said the result must be honoured and that Mr Trump "managed to become the standard-bearer of the angst and fears of millions of Americans".

PHILIPPINES

President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines' tough-talking leader, offered his "warm congratulations" to the US president-elect.

According to his communications secretary, Mr Duterte "looks forward to working with the incoming administration for enhanced Philippines-US relations anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the rule of law".

SEVERAL LEADERS OF RIGHT-WING PARTIES IN EUROPE HAVE ALSO WELCOMED MR TRUMP'S VICTORY.

MARINE LE PEN, the leader of the far-right French National Front (FN), sent her best wishes to Mr Trump, tweeting: "Congratulations to the new president of the United States Donald Trump and the free American people!

DUTCH ANTI-ISLAM populist lawmaker Geert Wilders also tweeted his congratulations.

NIGEL FARAGE, the leader of the UK Independence Party who played a key role in the referendum leading to Britain's exit from the EU, tweeted:

"I hand over the mantle to @RealDonaldTrump! Many congratulations. You have fought a brave campaign."

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