Incarcerated Barotseland leader, Likando Pelekelo’s third born son has died barely six months after his first born son died earlier in the year. Joe Likando died on the 25th September 2017 after a short illness.
“Yes! I wish to sadly confirm that Joe was admitted to the hospital after a sudden illness but could not recover, and within five days he passed away,” announced a friend of the family.
In the early hours of Wednesday, 28th March 2017, Hon. Likando Pelekelo’s first born son, Suya Likando, 28, died, also after a sudden short illness, at Induna Akashambatwa's home in Namayula area of Lukulu Region.
Likando Pelekelo, Barotseland Administrator General Afumba Mombotwa and Inambao Kalima are currently serving ten year jail sentences each with hard labour far from their families and loved ones in the remotest parts of Luapula and Northern provinces of Zambia for their role in establishing a transitional government in the contested territory of Barotseland after it unanimously declared independence from Zambia in 2012 prompted by the latter’s rejection of repeated appeals to honour a pre-independence 1964 treaty that had provided for the autonomy of the Barotse territory within the republic of Zambia.
Their political imprisonment continues to be officially denied by the Edgar Lungu led Zambian government, with the latest denial being that of Vice President Inonge Wina, who when queried about the political imprisonment of the trio in parliament in October last year, lied alleging that the three were mere ‘remandees’ still awaiting trial, in spite of them having been sentenced and condemned earlier in the year on 9th March, 2016.
The Barotseland Agreement of 1964 had been unilaterally abrogated by 1969 with successive Zambian governments rejecting periodic Barotse appeals to have the pre-independence agreement honored until March of 2012 when Barotseland unanimously elected to pursue self-determination outside of Zambia, a move that has seen the Barotse suffer heavy reprisals from the Zambian government.
Honourable Pelekelo Likando was appointed Secretary of State in charge of Agriculture in the Afumba led Barotseland transitional Government.
Because of his disputed political imprisonment, Likando Pelekelo was not able to bury his first born son, and now his third born son.
Zambia Correctional Service authorities in Luwingu have blocked a letter which incarcerated Barotseland independence leader Afumba Mombotwa recently wrote to the Litunga (King) of Barotseland, Lubosi Imwiko II, the Zambia Watchdog has revealed.
This October, all roads will lead to Mwandi Royal Village at The Royal Palace Water Front Court Yard, as Barotseland is set to celebrate the 40th Coronation Anniversary of one of their great Prince Regents, Inyambo Lubasi Yeta, also known as Senior Chief Inyambo Yeta, currently reigning at Mwandi (Sesheke).
A member of the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has charged that Zambian president Edgar Changwa Lungu cheated the BRE and the people of Barotseland that he was ready to dialogue on the Barotseland Agreement impasse, the Zambian Watchdog has reported.
Afumba Mombotwa, the Barotseland independence activist and Linyungandambo freedom fighting movement leader remains forgotten in Luwingu state prison in Northern Province serving a 10 year jail sentence.
A petition started by the Free West Papua in the United Kingdom to be delivered to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has reached nearly 40,000 signatures from across the world on AVAAZ.org with over 20,000 others on social media giants Face Book and Twitter.
“Indigenous peoples have sought recognition of their identities, way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years, yet throughout history their rights have always been violated.” - United Nations
A Barotse national has called upon His Majesty the Litunga of Barotseland, Lubosi Imwiko II and the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) to travel to Lusaka and speak to the Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the church and the Commonwealth Secretary for the unconditional release of Mr. Afumba Mombotwa and all other Barotse activists currently serving prison sentences in Zambia over Barotseland related matters.
The famous and legendary lioness fondly known as Lady Liuwa has died.
Confirming her death in a press statement, Peter Fearnhead, CEO of African Parks, has reported that the ‘Last Lioness’ of Barotseland’s Liuwa Plains died from natural causes on 9th August, 2017, on the eve of World Lion Day.
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.