Media Editor, Barotseland Post
The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA), African region, has unanimously elected Barotseland as its continental President for the rest of the year.
And announcing its election, Royal Barotseland Ambassador-designate, His Excellency Hon Christian Luzongo Kalaluka, who will officially hold the continental CONIFA presidency on behalf of the elephant Kingdom of Royal Barotseland, has said that his tenure will run up to January 2021 when the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) will sit to elect the next president, which Barotseland will still be eligible to contest.
“I was voted unopposed by the Global ExCo (Executive Committee) after being endorsed by all African Member Countries," announced the notably excited Hon Christian Luzongo Kalaluka, who will also be a member of the CONIFA Global Governing Body by being President for Africa.
His Majesty, The Litunga, King Imwiko II, sanctioned the Barotse Royal Establishment, BRE, to observe the day of Likando Pelekelo’s burial as 'Moonda', a royal holiday, at all regional Kuta in the Kingdom.
As such, the Ngambela (Barotseland's Prime Minister), Manyando Mukela, after consultations with the Saa Kuta, the highest royal court, instructed that Moonda be observed on Likando’s burial day, and the day before it, to mourn the dearly departed Barotseland independence campaigner.
Moonda is a special royal holiday accorded mostly to royal individuals and serving or past ministers, such as the Prime Ministers, upon their death. However, in very special circumstances, the Moonda is observed upon the death of a highly distinguished non-royal who has been deemed deserving the rare honour.
After some initial controversy between a section of the family and Barotseland activists, it has been resolved that Likando Pelekelo’s burial proceeds today in harmony.
And the family has requested the Barotseland independence campaigners to lead the burial program, supported by the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) who have assigned two Senior Limulunga Induna (Royal Council Members) to represent the royal establishment as the other members of the wider independence movement share responsibilities in the procession.
The youthful Barotse Imilema (BI) have been assigned as pallbearers of the casket wrapped in one of Barotseland's old flags, while each participating movement will be allowed to give their messages of solidarity.
Other speeches will be presented by the BRE, Linyungandambo and the Barotseland Transitional Government (BTG), while Barotseland's national anthem has characterised the procession alongside some church dirge.
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Zambian born Canadian Lawyer, Elias Munshya, has taken a swipe at Chitimukulu Kanyanta-Manga II for proposing that the current Constitutional (Amendment) Bill 2019, Bill 10, includes a new clause that will create a Council for Paramount Chiefs in the Republican Constitution comprising the Litunga, King of Barotseland, Kalonga Gawa Undi, Nkosi yama Nkosi Mpezeni and Mwinelubemba Chitimukulu Kanyanta-Manga II of the Bemba.
To achieve his proposal, Kanyanta Sosala, the Chitimukulu (Paramount Chief of the Bemba) has challenged the opposition UPND parliamentarians who hail from Barotseland in the Western Province of Zambia to vote for the controversial and disgraced bill so that their King, the Litunga, would supposedly be accorded his venerated position in the constitution of the Republic along with his Zambian counterparts, the named Paramount Chiefs.
However, Elias Munshya has accused the Chitimukulu of deceitfully riding on the Lozi people and the emotive issue of Barotseland to create for himself a constitutional status never before accorded to any Chitimukulu in the entire history of Zambia.
A few days after concluding to engage the Zambian government through dialogue for the restoration of the defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964, the Privy Council is set to reconvene to possibly reconsider its earlier resolutions, a Limulunga source has reported.
The decision to reconvene the Privy Council came barely a day after the extended Privy Council had concluded its sitting with the conditional resolution to engage the Zambian government over the defunct 1964 agreement on Friday, 29th November.
“Yes! The Privy Council had concluded that the Zambian Government be engaged in a dialogue to restore the agreement on the condition that the current Zambian Bill 10 immediately includes a clause for the restoration of the defunct 1964 agreement, however, the Council may now have to reconvene, possibly on the 9th of December, to consider new matters that have arisen since the Council resolution,” the source revealed.
Reportedly, there was panic shortly after the resolutions of the Privy Council when information filtered through to them that the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) of Zambia had made a ruling in favour of embattled Webby Mulubisha contesting the Mwene Mutondo chieftaincy against the long-held cultural procedures of the Kingdom of Barotseland.
Mulubisha, a well-known rebel against the Litunga of Barotseland, using the recent 2016 amended Zambian Constitution, had petitioned the Attorney General of Zambia at the ConCourt asking whether he needed the recognition of the Zambian President to be a Chief.
This was in the matter of Article 1 and 165 of the constitution of Zambia and another related matter of the constitutionality of sections 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the Chiefs Act, Cap.287 of the Laws of Zambia.
However, in passing judgment on 27th November 2019, the ConCourt ruled and declared Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the named Chiefs Act to be inconsistent with the named Article 165 of the Zambian Constitution as amended in 2016, and are, therefore, unconstitutional and void.
The ConCourt further ordered that the sections in question be expunged from the statute book.