Zambian president Edgar Lungu has boasted about him appointing the Litunga's son, Brian Mwanang'ono Imwiko to Brazil as first secretary. He was speaking when he met Zambians living in New York yesterday as he wound up his United Nations assignments.
Although Lungu said he wasn't really trying to please anybody or the Lozi's when appointing the young man from Barotseland, he however, said he merely wanted the people of Barotseland to feel included, and boasted that, so far, he had appointed two from Barotseland. Although the second person was not mentioned, he was categorical in his self defense when he said that, if the action was interpreted to be a political gimmick, then so be it as he also wanted to win votes.
“Some people are saying that I want to buy Barotseland (votes) just because I have appointed a Lozi man in Foreign Service” said Lungu, in a ZNBC’s TV2 news clip monitored by Barotseland Post, as he (Lungu) brimmed with confidence in apparent reference to Mwanang'ono Imwiko, Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II’s son who many Lozis believe was awarded the diplomatic job as part of the trade off for Barotseland independence.
The Litunga of Barotseland Lubosi Imwiko II is currently accused of having traded off Barotseland independence for some unspecified personal aggrandizements.
Lungu assured the people living abroad that, with his powers, he will make sure that Zambia remained unitary and that the division will soon come to an end. He said he will co-operate with the people from Barotseland.
Speculations further indicate that upon returning, president Lungu may hold a public briefing where he is going to announce a superficial restoration of the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964, a move unilaterally decided upon by Imwiko II with Lungu, against the express wishes of the people of Barotseland who have made it very clear that they no longer wished to be part of Zambia.