My fellow Barotse compatriots at home and in the Diaspora, I wish you All a prosperous and fruitful 2018. This is the year of manifestation of our aspirations.
As we deeply reflect on our achievements for 2017 and as you make your resolutions for 2018, I bring to you my special 2018 New Year greetings and message.
This letter is here reproduced for public records only. While the content remains unchanged, an emphasis was added by capitalizations in some cases. It is here published to show how Litunga Yeta IV, as king of Barotseland, expounded the Linyungandambo philosophy to confront then president of Zambia, FTJ Chiluba, and his government who had sought to undermine his authority as King of Barotseland.
As explained in a previous article, ‘LINYUNGA-NDAMBO’ is that which shakes the neighbor to awaken them to real facts they may have ignored, overlooked or not known for one reason or the other, to make them acknowledge the situation as it really is, making them see the elephant in the room or admit that the emperor has no clothes.
Following the infamous clash of motorcades on Barotseland’s Mongu-Limulunga Road at April’s Kuomboka festival that saw him and five others imprisoned for four months on treason charges, Zambia’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema on Wednesday made an emotional return to Mongu.
The Catholic Church in Zambia has observed that the 2016 signed national constitution undermined the possibility of resolving the Barotseland self-determination question which they consider a source of simmering tension since Zambia's Independence.
‘LINYUNGANDAMBO’ is that which shakes the neighbor to awaken them to real facts they may have ignored, overlooked or not known for one reason or the other, to make them acknowledge the elephant in the room or admit that the emperor has no clothes.
Incarcerated Barotseland Administrator General Afumba Mombotwa and his team have epitomized this Linyungandambo philosophy and made it a national Barotseland philosophy.