News Editor, Barotseland Post
As he celebrates his 63rd birthday, Zambian President Edgar Lungu has pardoned five prisoners, among them Barotseland independence leader, Afumba Mombotwa, who was serving fifteen (15) years in maximum prison for taking an oath of office as Barotseland administrator general in his formed Barotseland transitional government in August of 2013 which would facilitate the peaceful and legal implementation of the 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) unanimous resolutions for Barotseland independence from Zambia.
Afumba Mombotwa (60), has been in maximum prison since his arrest on 5th December 2014 with two other Barotseland compatriots and fellow prisoners, Inambao Kalima (59) and Likando Pelekelo (64).
Meanwhile, the fate of Kalima and Pelekelo is yet to be determined.
In a press statement by the Special Assistant to the President (Press and Public Relations) at State House, in Lusaka on Monday, 11th November 2019, to mark Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s 63rd birthday, the President of the Republic of Zambia pardoned the five inmates from various correctional facilities.
Hundreds have turned up at Limulunga Palace to celebrate Litunga Imwiko II on His Majesty’s 19th coronation anniversary ceremony known as Coliso.
His Majesty the King of Barotseland is this week celebrating 19 years on the throne.
Lubosi Imwiko was enthroned Imwiko II, on 13th October 2000 in Lealui, the Royal capital of Barotseland.
His Majesty, Imwiko II, whose birth name is Lubosi Imwiko, has been the King of Barotseland since 2000.
He is the oldest surviving son of Litunga Imwiko the First, whose birth name is Imasiku Mwanang’ono Lewanika, who ruled Barotseland from 1945 to 1948.
University of Zambia (UNZA) Dean in the School of Veterinary Medicine, Professor King Shimumbo Nalubamba has been installed as the new Senior Chief Nalubamba of Namwala district.
In a colourful ceremony attended by top Zambian government officials and Butoka traditional leaders held yesterday, Sunday 13th October 2019, Chief Nalubamba thanked government most profoundly for the support that has been rendered by the government to his Chiefdom from the time the late Chief Bright Nalubamba passed on until now.
Prof. King Shimambo said he considered it a privilege to be installed as the new Chief Nalubamba, and would work hard for the subjects who his father, the late Chief loved most dearly.
PROMINENT lawyer Christopher Mundia was on Tuesday, 8th October 2019 put to rest with a call on lawyers to be honest, just and compassionate.
Mundia who once served as Law Association of Zambia president died aged 79 on Friday 4th October 2019, leaving behind a wife, 11 children and 28 grandchildren.
Speaking during the funeral mass at Lusaka's St Ignatius Parish yesterday, Father Charles Chilinda said there was more to life than the glamour of the profession and wealth.
Scores of mourners, including former president Rupiah Banda, former first lady Maureen Mwanawasa, Socialist Party president Dr Fred M’membe and former information minister Chishimba Kambwili turned up to pay their last respects to Mundia.
Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) president Eddie Mwitwa and solicitor general Abraham Mwansa led lawyers to the funeral mass which was also attended by former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito.
Chipangali Member of Parliament, Vincent Mwale, who is also the cabinet minister in charge of Housing & Infrastructure Development, raised a point of order in parliament on Tuesday afternoon, 8th October 2019 to forbid Sikongo constituency lawmaker, Mundia Ndalamei, from mentioning ‘Barotseland’ claiming that the word was un-parliamentary, the Zambian Watchdog has reported.
Mwale claimed that Hon Ndalamei was not in order to say that the Patriotic Front (PF) government had promised to honour the Barotseland Agreement because what is there is Western Province.
“Madam Speaker, is the honourable member of parliament for Sikongo in order to say that the PF government promised Barotseland Agreement knowing very well that a ruling has been made in this house that in this country we have Western Province and not Barotseland, I need your serious ruling,” Mwale said.
In her ruling, First Deputy Speaker of parliament, Catherine Namugala, reserved her ruling to allow her to research on the matter.
But Monze Central parliamentarian, Jack Mwiimbu, rose on another point of order and wondered if the executive members were in order to have been referring to the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) in the past seating of the house, and asked if mentioning the ‘Barotse Royal Establishment’ was also un-parliamentary.
Mwiimbu’s point of order was, however, not sustained because a decision had already been taken by the chair to reserve ruling on the earlier point of order.
His Majesty the Litunga, King of Barotseland, Imwiko II has arrived in Livingstone to grace the 5th Zambezi International Regatta scheduled to take place on the 14th of September.
On hand to receive him as his aeroplane touched down on Wednesday afternoon, 11th September 2019, were several Batoka chiefs, among them, their Royal Highnesses Chief Chikanta and Chiefteness Sekute of Kalomo district, covering Dundumwezi and Kazungula districts respectively.
The chiefs were at the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport alongside the Provincial Minister, Edify Haamukala, to welcome the Litunga who is in the tourist capital for an official royal visit to grace the International Regatta and South investment Expo at the invitation of the Provincial leadership and the government of Zambia.
Batoka, now largely the Southern Province of Zambia, was once a District of Barotseland and its people continue to enjoy a very special relationship with the King of Barotseland.