Barotseland mourns a freedom fighter of great repute

24 February 2018
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Liuwa Huyawa - Photo Courtesy of Mwangala Waikiki

 

A dark cloud fell over Barotseland on 21st February as death robbed the nation of a gallant freedom fighter in the struggle for Barotseland, Hon. Liuwa Muyawa, a long-serving member of the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA).

Mr. Liuwa Muyawa was admitted at Zambia’s University Teaching Hospital (UTH), the day before his passing, for high blood pressure and sugar related illness but sadly died on the night of 21st February 2018 in the same hospital.

Meanwhile, family sources have confirmed that Mr. Muyuwa will be put to rest on Sunday, 25th February, 2018 in Zambia’s capital at Lusaka Memorial Park in a funeral procession that will start with a church service at the Gospel Outreach Fellowship, Go Centre, next to Muvi TV studios on Nangwenya Road at 12:00hrs.

The procession will then move to the Memorial Park at about 13:30hrs.

And the BNFA have regretted the loss of their gallant member who they have eulogized as a long-serving and founder member of the struggle for Barotseland having joined the struggle in the early 1980s, or before, while he was still working for the Zambian government as a civil servant at the time when it was uncommon for any civil servant to talk about Barotseland related issues as that could have landed such a person into treason under Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda.

“After the signing of the Barotseland agreement in 1964 in the United Kingdom, Kenneth Kaunda with intentions of silencing the Barotseland issue completely decided to burn all the Barotseland Agreement 1964 copies that were in Zambia at the time. All the copies that were at State House, Parliament, and National Archive of Zambia and other state institutions were burnt in his (Liuwa’s) presence at State House by Office of the President Officers, and it became a challenge for any person to talk about the Barotseland agreement without the signed copies produced,” read a statement from the BNFA.

It was at that time, around early 1990s, that Mr. Liuwa reportedly started fighting to have some copies brought in Zambia from the United Kingdom, but it was not easy at that time as the United Kingdom had a law that such a document could not be produced until it had clocked thirty (30) years in U.K.

Accordingly, he was prompted to seek another route of having the document,

“He then decided to contact the Queen’s office and it was after two years or so of struggling that a bundle of copies of the Barotseland (Agreement) document was delivered at his office in Lusaka,” stated the BNFA.

Mr. Liuwa is further reported to have served in many Barotseland organizations in his quest to free Barotseland, some of which include Barotse Cultural Association (BCA), Movement for the Restoration of Barotseland Agreement (MOREBA), and Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) where he contributed massively in its activities.

“He was a BNFA member at the Lusaka Branch and was among those Barotse activists who fought hard to have the famous Limulunga Barotse National Council (BNC) of March, 2012.

“Like Old Major in the animal farm novel, where Old Major, the prize-winning boar whose vision of a socialist utopia serves as the inspiration for the rebellion among other animals on the farm. But three days after describing the vision and teaching the animals the song “Beasts of England,” Major dies, leaving Snowball and Napoleon to struggle for control of his legacy. The old man Mr. Liuwa had time to teach both the young and the old about his vision about Barotseland. Unfortunately, he has died before he could reach the independence day of Barotseland.” ended the statement available on BNFA.INFO

The funeral gathering has been held at his Long Acres home of residence in Lusaka.

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