Barotse people at home and abroad have united to launch a ‘Tweet for Freedom’ campaign initiative aimed at rallying all their supporters to utilize the social media giant Twitter, on a specific date to be announced, to highlight the anguish of the Barotse people regarding the long-standing and unresolved pre-independence Barotseland Agreement 1964, demanding that it be resolved now!
The campaign has so far solicited and united the support and endorsement of all the major Barotse communities and Barotse social media groups and networks home and abroad!
The ‘Tweet for Freedom’ campaign initiative is simply aimed at bringing to the attention of those who occupy positions of influence issues that the larger Baroste society holds dear but have been neglected by Zambian government policy makers because they are supposedly not of national importance or priority!
Most specifically, in this regard, is the all important matter of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964, which some Zambians not directly affected by it believe is no longer an issue! One Zambian High Commissioner even called it a non-issue on an international television platform recently!
Tempers flared up at the Limulunga Kuta this afternoon when the much anticipated Press Briefing called upon by the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) fell short of the people’s expectations!
Late on Tuesday evening, word went round the royal capital and social media that the BRE would be addressing the press at the Limulunga Kuta on Wednesday morning concerning the recent events that saw the BRE accuse the Zambian government of undermining the authority of the Litunga, King of Barotseland by recognizing chiefs seen by many to have rebelled against the monarch.
Well, whereas many nationals and activists expected this to be the day when the BRE would tell the Lusaka government that ‘enough was enough’ they were very shocked to hear the BRE deliver a very soft worded demand, merely asking the government to prove that it was in fact not behind the recent spate of rebellion spearheaded by some people masquerading as chiefs in the region!
A source close to the recently enthroned Mwene Chengele has called for the immediate securing of the Mwene after what they suspect is an attempt to harm him by those opposed to his enthronement! Kashengula Nyumbu was recently enthroned as Mwene Chengele of Nañoko area by the Litunga of Barotseland to replace the dethroned Josiah Nyumbu!
And the Mwene Chengele’s confidants have reported that some unknown people suspected to be those opposed to his enthronement have been seen driving around his Mushuwa palace located along the road going to Makapaela, back and forth, probably with the view to attack him!
Although he was enthroned by the Litunga on 7th April 2018, Kashengula Nyumbu is still waiting for the government of Zambia to gazette him as the new Mwene Chengele to take over from the dethroned Josiah Nyumbu who has refused to relinquish the title.
Zambia’s President, Edgar Lungu, held a couple of meetings in Limulunga yesterday with Lubosi Imwiko II, the King of Barotseland but failed to agree, prompting the president to request that he meets the King again today, Sunday afternoon, before heading back to Lusaka after a hectic campaign trail in Mangango constituency where a parliamentary by election is scheduled to take place in a couple of days.
On his arrival in the contested region and at the Mongu airstrip before heading to the Limulunga Royal Palace yesterday, President Lungu publicly stated that he does not want to be the president in whose tenure the country broke into segments, declaring further that the ‘Western Province’ would forever be a part of Zambia, a statement he directly aimed at the separatists.
And informed sources say the Litunga, King of Barotseland, feels that the Zambian government is undermining his authority over his Kingdom and that he is now threatening to support separatists in their push for Barotseland independence from the unitary state of Zambia.
This is the latest development in the long standing matter surrounding the defunct pre-independence Barotseland Agreement of 1964, in which the Litunga, Lubosi Imwiko II, is viewed by many as the main stumbling block to the self determination of Barotseland.
But now the Litunga is reportedly unhappy with Lungu and his Patriotic Front (PF) led Zambian government because despite betraying his own people to align himself with the PF government, the government is now undermining him.
It may surprise many to learn that the world renowned media such as the Associated Press, Reuters and The New York Times, among others, have been covering Barotseland news for over a hundred years!
YES! Starting from as far back as 1899, the big world media has covered Barotseland stories such as the trips the King of Barotseland, Lewanika I, undertook to Europe in 1902, King Lewanika’s greatness and close friendship with King Edward VII, and later King George of the British Empire as well as his death in 1916.
The new York Times have continued their coverage of Barotseland as they have also covered recent events involving Afumba Mombotwa and the Linyungandambo, including the March 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) Barotseland Independence declarations!
A mild Spoiler warning for those who have not yet watched episode 6 of the highly rated and world-renowned crime investigative police drama, NCIS, Season 16 which has featured BAROTSELAND several times, as a destination in Africa where some of the ‘unresolved’ murders they are investigating were allegedly committed by some hitman named Anderson Kohl.
Kohl, who had various fake passports, had a list of names of unsolved murders from all over the world with victims in Guam, Tokyo, London and Barotseland among several other world locations.
As Agent Torres lists the locations; Zurich, Tokyo, Guam, Barotseland, another is heard asking, “Who goes to Guam and Where is Barotseland?” to which Agent Gibbs responds, “Africa!”
The Focus on Barotseland continues again as Agent Gibbs with yet another NCIS Agent discover that Kohl had not only traveled to Barotseland, Africa, and all those other places, but also that each murder date coincides with the dates Kohl had traveled to those cities and locations, making them conclude that Kohl may have been the Hitman behind all those unsolved murders as can be seen in this excerpt from the script:
Afumba Mombotwa, the sworn Administrator General of Barotseland and his two colleagues currently serving 15 years jail sentences each with hard labour imposed on them by the Zambian state for a political crime of treason felony over Barotseland independence related matters, have now been transferred to Zambia’s Mukobeko Maximum Prison where they are expected to serve the rest of their jail sentences.
And the Barotseland National Youth League (BNYL) says it is not moved or shaken by the conviction and sentencing of their leaders but will continue to push for Barotseland self-determination until self-government was a reality in the contested territory.
The Zambian Supreme Court sitting in Ndola has upheld the conviction of Afumba Mombotwa (60), Pelekelo Likando (64) and Sylvester Inambao Kalima (57) while adding five more years to their sentences for the crime of treason-felony.
In a ruling read by Justice J Chinyama, sitting alone this afternoon, the Supreme Court charged that the State had proved beyond any reasonable doubt that Afumba Mombotwa and others had prepared or endeavoured to carry out by unlawful means an enterprise which usurps the executive powers of the state in any matter of both a public and a general nature.
This Supreme Court verdict, therefore, upholds the conviction, while adding five more years to the initial ten years imprisonment with hard labour slapped on the appellants by the High Court Judge Dominic Yeta Sichinga, SC, on the 9th of March, 2016 because the court has noted that the appellants were unrepentant and self-righteous!
Reports emanating from the Naliele Kuta in Kaoma are that the Senior Chief, His Royal Highness the Reigning Prince, Mulena Isiteketo Amukena II (son of the late ‘Senior Chief’ Amukena I, Isiteketo Lewanika), has forthwith fired Nyambe Namushi as Induna Imangambwa for his role in the ongoing Zambian government sponsored and Limulunga BRE endorsed activities that seek to undermine the popular 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) resolutions for Barotseland’s independence from Zambia.
A source from within the Naliele Kuta has reported that not only has His Royal Highness Mulena Amukena fired Induna Imangambwa for helping organize these clandestine meetings aimed at overturning and suppressing the people’s 2012 BNC independence vote, but that he is also very upset with Lubosi Imwiko II for tolerating these activities which are aimed at undermining the popular will of the people of Barotseland.
“Ba mulelekile Imangambwa kuli ayo ezeza bukuba bwa hae kwa hule hule! (Imangambwa has been fired so that he could take his nonsense away from here),” said the source from the palace confirming the firing of Nyambe Namushi as Induna Imangambwa.
Victor Kachaka, the Defence Lawyer in Afumba Mombotwa and Others vs The People appeal trial at the Supreme Court sitting in Ndola, has revealed that the Court will not accord them the opportunity to make open court arguments but that the Honorable Judges will make a ruling based on their written submissions in this case.
This came to light on Thursday when the much-anticipated appeal hearing could not take place because the court officials informed both the state and defence advocates that the court would only receive the state prosecutor’s written response to the already submitted grounds of appeal and heads of arguments from the defence attorney.
The Supreme Court of Zambia, sitting in Ndola, has given the defence one more day to allow them time to prepare and file grounds of appeal and heads of argument for his clients out of time.
This was after the appellants' lawyer revealed that he and his clients only received all necessary case records on Saturday and hence his request to have more time to file in all his arguments.
And after appearing before Supreme Court Judge, Her Hon. Lady Justice E.C Muyovwe, as lead Judge, sitting together with two other Supreme Court judges, the Hon. Mr Justice E.M Hamaundu and the Hon. Justice J Chinyama, the Defense Counsel was grateful that the judges were very kind to have allowed him and his clients another chance to file all grounds of appeal and heads of argument, and also that the presiding judges were very eager to see that the trial proceeds on Thursday this very week.
As the sworn Barotseland Administrator General, Afumba Mombotwa, and two others appear in the Supreme Court today to begin their appeal against their high court conviction and sentencing of 10 years imprisonment with hard labour for a treason felony, they wish to argue that the lower court erred in judgment when they imposed such a verdict in March of 2016.
And their attorney, Victor Kachaka has declared that both he and his clients are ready for court today, which has been scheduled for 09:00hrs in Ndola, before a number of yet to be known Supreme Court Judges.
Speaking after meeting his clients in Ndola yesterday, Counsel Kachaka assured that he will work hard to overturn both his clients' conviction and sentencing.
“I have met with my clients today (Monday) and we are all ready, physically and mentally. We have gone through our arguments together and can say, with confidence, that we are ready for trial as it begins tomorrow, and our expectations are that the Supreme Court Justices will hear us speedily!”