Barotseland’s premier water pageantry and migration celebration for the year 2018 has been officially set to take place on Saturday, 21st April.
Ku-Omboka is the centuries old annual movement and evacuation of the King of Barotseland and his people from the rising waters of the Barotse floodplain to higher ground where they shall be until the floods recede later in the year when a return movement, Ku-fuluhela, is undertaken.
Seeking independence is always considered illegal in countries with no clear legal or constitutional guidelines for dependent territories to follow should they decide to pursue self-determination outside of the ‘parent’ state. However, in certain countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada and some other unitary or confederated states, a demand for independence may actually be regarded as a constitutional ‘right’ for such nations rather than an act of illegality.
Zambia’s main opposition leader and presidential challenger, Hakainde Hichilema, has taken a swipe at Zambia’s ruling party and the Republican President, Edgar Lungu, for once again seeking cheap votes from the people of Barotseland by promising that he was going to restore the defunct pre-independence Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
Addressing a press conference at the UPND secretariat in Lusaka yesterday (Wednesday), on the serious matter of uncovered sinister plans by the PF led government to convert all customary land into State land and later abolish chiefdoms and traditional leadership in Zambia, the UPND leader warned that the Patriotic Front government was once again trying to deceive the Lozi people in order to gain votes from the contested territory.
Barotseland’s main independence movement, Linyungandambo, has warned that those pre-occupied with discussing the impossible restoration of the dead 1964 Barotseland Agreement risked rendering themselves irrelevant because the 2012 unanimous declaration for Barotseland independence was resolute and final.
The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has refuted social media reports purporting that this year’s Kuomboka will be held on the 7th of April.
Ngambela Nyambe Mwenda, appearing on Zambia's national broadcaster, ZNBC, Yesterday (Wednesday) said that it was not true that this year’s Kuomboka ceremony will take place on April 7th because the date for Kuomboka had yet been set.
A long-standing member of the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) has described the late Liuwa Muyawa who was put to rest on Sunday as a bank of information on Barotseland matters.
Speaking at the burial of Mr. Liuwa at Lusaka’s Memorial Park Cemetery, Hon Mutungulu Wanga stressed that Mr. Liuwa played a major role in what is rightly referred to as the struggle of Barotseland’s emancipation, work that is intended to recover the rights of the people of Barotseland to statehood, autonomy and independence.
Somaliland is a proud independent African Country that unilaterally declared its independence from Somalia in 1991, like what Barotseland did in March 2012 when it unilaterally declared its own independence from Zambia. Twenty seven years later, however, no single member of the AU or UN has officially recognized the independence of Somaliland for fear of encouraging other ‘break-away’ states on the continent of Africa.
Nevertheless, Somaliland has persevered and upheld their independence, and Barotseland should draw lessons from this proud African country and uphold their own declared independence from Zambia without any fears.
It is the current position of the government of the Republic of Zambia that the Litunga, King of Barotseland, and the Lozi people have no special claim under the Zambian constitution because all the legal and constitutional provisions which had given them such rights have all been effectively ‘revoked’ by progressive constitutional and legislative reforms.
This Zambian government legal pre-supposition and the claim of ‘long passage of time’ is so far the only legal response ever made by the government regarding the matter of the pre-independence Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
A dark cloud fell over Barotseland on 21st February as death robbed the nation of a gallant freedom fighter in the struggle for Barotseland, Hon. Liuwa Muyawa, a long-serving member of the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA).
Mr. Liuwa Muyawa was admitted at Zambia’s University Teaching Hospital (UTH), the day before his passing, for high blood pressure and sugar related illness but sadly died on the night of 21st February 2018 in the same hospital.
A young activist is reportedly on police’s wanted list after writing a letter in which he challenged Zambia’s regional minister in ‘western province’, Nathaniel Mubukwanu, to resign on moral grounds for what he termed as the minister’s ‘alien position’ by remaining mute over numerous issues affecting the people of Barotseland.
It is a legal fact that Barotse people are not Zambians without the now-defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964. This is according to many eminent Zambian legal minds, two of whom are here below featured.
Dr. Rodger Chongwe, a renowned Zambian constitutional and human rights lawyer of international repute, has more than once advised the Zambian government to revisit the national laws to make sure that the Lozi people’s constitutional and human rights of self-determination in Zambia were not violated.
Zambian government propaganda machinery is reportedly brewing to parade known disgraced elderly men purporting to be senior and founder members of Barotseland’s leading independence movement, Linyungandambo, on national television prime time, renouncing ‘separatist’ activities of the movement in favor of continued harmonious co-existence with the rest of Zambia.