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.
Catholic Oblate Liseli radio presenter, Situmbeko Sikuka, has been summoned by Zambia police for allegedly inciting the Lozi community against Zambian government officials after he hosted a show to discuss an apparent unfairness emanating from the just ended Teachers’ recruitment exercise which has sparked much discontent among suitably qualified teachers hailing from the contested Barotseland region.
Mitete constituency UPND Member of Parliament Misheck Mutelo on Friday morning told parliament that the Zambian government should not think the people of Barotseland have forgotten about the Barotseland issue or that the matter was quite.
With human rights conditions aggravating against the people of Barotseland, the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) participated in the 28th pre-sessions of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), held on 10 October 2017, in which the Republic of Zambia was under review. It was a chance to engage on an international level to bring attention to the wrongdoings of the Zambian Government. As a Civil Society Organization, the BNFA particularly addressed Zambias occupation of Barotseland from 2002 on and the ongoing discrimination against their people.
After wide condemnation from various Barotse nationals and organizations, the Zambian Correctional Services have finally taken gravely ill political prisoner Sylvester Inambao Kalima back to Kasama General hospital for medical attention. He was admitted to the hospital yesterday, Tuesday, November 2017.
The Barotseland Transitional Government (BTG) has warned that should Inambao Sylvester Kalima die in prison, Zambian president Edgar Lungu will personally be held responsible for his death and any other consequential action that would follow as a result.
Sylvester Kalima Inambao, one of the three Barotseland leaders imprisoned for allegedly usurping the power of the Zambian state executive for their role in implementing the 2012 Barotse National Council declaration of independence from Zambia, has once again been hospitalized.