Although Ku-Omboka, the annual movement and evacuation of the King of Barotseland and his people from the rising waters of the Barotse floodplain to higher ground, has been taking place from time immemorial, it was during the reign of King Mulambwa Santula that Kuomboka became the national spectacle it is today.
Among Barotse kings, perhaps the pivotal personage is that of Santulu.
Born Maimbolwa Santulu, he became Litunga Mulambwa in 1780 as the tenth King of Barotseland. He was a younger son of Mwanawina the First and is King Lubosi Lewanika the first’s grandfather.
In a program called Home Coming Project to help African- Americans trace their original roots, hundreds have reportedly traced theirs back to Barotseland and are now working towards an official home coming.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has joined thousands of protesters in Barcelona to call for independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia.
He made a strong plea for voters to take part in an independence referendum scheduled for 1 October.
"We will vote, even if the Spanish state doesn't want it," Guardiola told the crowd. "There is no other way."
WINDHOEK-In response to the support and solidarity shown by the Namibian government towards the people of Western Sahara in their quest to gain independence, Morocco has reportedly threatened to institute an investigation over Namibia’s apparent domination of what was once known as the Caprivi Strip.
Namibia has on many occasions vowed it would not tire nor rest in its quest to see Morocco – which was recently re-admitted into the African Union (AU) – give up its continued occupation of Western Sahara.
Munyinda Munukayumbwa, the Barotse youth who was arrested over a facebook posting, lost his father last night at his home in Mongu, while he remains incarcerated without trial or opportunity for bail over some unclear but politically motivated charge of ‘sedition’.
His father, Mwiya Munukayumbwa, was sick since November last year but his condition worsened by the fact that his son was no longer able to offer him the valuable care.
The funeral is at the family house in Lubosi compound (township) at the airport in Mongu.
The Barotseland National Youth League (BNYL) has warned that any negotiations on the future of Barotseland that do not involve critical stakeholders, such as the liberation movements, will not be acceptable.
This warning came in the wake of the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) – Zambian government (GRZ) initiated negotiation processes over the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
As Zambia and the rest of Africa commemorate Africa Freedom Day, Dr. Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika has demanded the immediate unconditional release of all political prisoners incarcerated over the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.The Prince of Barotseland has wondered why Zambia should have political prisoners 53 years after its independence, adding that his demand was not only for the release of Afumba Mombotwa and his Lozi colleagues but also all political prisoners in Zambia.