In a royal communiqué to the Mbunda fraternity in Barotseland and Zambia dated 6th April, 2017, through the National Chairman of the Cheke Cha Mbunda Cultural and Writers Association National Headquarters in LUSAKA, the Mbunda monarchy based in Angola, King Mbandu III, Mbandu Lifuti, has implored all his subjects based in Barotseland and parts of Zambia to submit to the Litunga of Barotseland and the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) as it was the right and appropriate thing to do.
On Friday, the 14th of April, 2017, the Kuomboka ceremony for the Litunga la Mboela, Mulena Mukwae Makwibi (Princess Mbuyu Imwiko) of Nalolo and Senanga districts, took place.
While the Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II migrated from Lealui to Limulunga, the Litunga la Mboela (Litunga of the South), the Litunga’s sister and co-ruler, HRH Princes Mbuyu Imwiko, moved from her Nalolo Royal village to Muoyo in Senanga district.
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LAW professor Muna Ndulo says Zambia is rapidly degenerating into a police state as numerous citizens are getting detained without regard to their human rights.
In a statement following police’s arrest of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema who has since been charged with treason, Prof Ndulo, the director of Berger International Studies Program at Cornell Law School and Cornell Institute for African Development, stated that police must realise that they were not above the law and wondered how President Edgar Lungu, a lawyer by profession, was allowing the absence of rule of law in the country.
Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been charged with treason for allegedly obstructing President Edgar Lungu's motorcade on a main road, according to police.
On Saturday, Lungu had passed through Mongu - 500km west of the capital, Lusaka - and his motorcade was obstructed because Hichilema's convoy refused to give way, police said.
The 2017 Kuomboka took place in magnificent splendor and beauty. Or did it really?
To the casual observer and those not particularly conversant or concerned with the intricate Lozi etiquette regarding the ceremony, the 2017 Kuomboka will pass as the most spectacular and grandest ever witnessed. In fact, the new Ngambela of Barotseland was quick to acknowledge so in his vote of thanks. It was indeed a beautiful display of the rich culture of the Barotse nation as thousands of local and international tourists euphorically witnessed the 2017 Kuomboka, with million others watching the event through various media.
The 2017 Kuomboka has kicked off in splendor and style with the sounding of the Maoma royal drums to not only signal the start of the Kuomboka festivities but also officially summon all royal paddlers to Lealui for the Kuomboka voyage.
The heavy deployment of security forces of the Zambia army, police and paramilitary troops for this year’s Kuomboka ceremony of the people of Barotseland is a sure sign of strained relations between the two territories, some Lozi nationals have observed, alleging further that the unprecedented move proves that Zambia currently administers Barotseland only by the barrel of the gun.