A petition started by the Free West Papua in the United Kingdom to be delivered to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has reached nearly 40,000 signatures from across the world on AVAAZ.org with over 20,000 others on social media giants Face Book and Twitter.
“Indigenous peoples have sought recognition of their identities, way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years, yet throughout history their rights have always been violated.” - United Nations
A Barotse national has called upon His Majesty the Litunga of Barotseland, Lubosi Imwiko II and the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) to travel to Lusaka and speak to the Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the church and the Commonwealth Secretary for the unconditional release of Mr. Afumba Mombotwa and all other Barotse activists currently serving prison sentences in Zambia over Barotseland related matters.
The famous and legendary lioness fondly known as Lady Liuwa has died.
Confirming her death in a press statement, Peter Fearnhead, CEO of African Parks, has reported that the ‘Last Lioness’ of Barotseland’s Liuwa Plains died from natural causes on 9th August, 2017, on the eve of World Lion Day.
Imprisoned Barotseland independence leader Afumba Mombotwa has castigated the Zambian state for its continued arrests, torture and imprisonment of the Barotse people as that was neither the solution to the Barotseland quest nor would it stop them from agitating for their homeland.
The Kufuluhela annual festival, the less publicized festival than Kuomboka, is set to take place this weekend.
While Kuomboka is the coming out of the flooded plains, Kufuluhela is the return to the rich soils of the plain once the water has subsided.
It is in reality the reverse of Kuomboka, and therefore, as spectacular as the Kuomboka water festival itself.