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.
Honorable Likando Kalaluka imprisoned alongside Barotseland independence leader Afumba Mombotwa and Inambao Kalima has urged all citizens of Barotseland to stand firm for their motherland.
Sensing imminent defeat in the ongoing cases of ‘Seditious intention to secede Western province from the rest of Zambia’ and ‘Seditious practices for unlawful possession of seditious material’ respectively, Zambia police now seek to arrest Barotse activist Muleta Kalaluka indefinitely using Edgar Lungu’s declared state of emergency.
HRH Inyambo Lubasi Yeta of Sesheke, Mwandi and Mulobezi district of Barotseland was a royal guest at this year’s Masubia Annual cultural festival.
A leaked fifty seven (57) year old confidential report has revealed Her Majesty’s government conveniently imposed the union between Barotseland and Zambia in 1964.
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."