News Editor, Barotseland Post
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.
This September, His Majesty the Litunga, King of Barotseland, will ceremoniously travel to Livingstone on the Zambezi River, the first such royal travel by any Litunga since his father did it in April 1947 when he travelled on the incredible Zambezi to meet King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at the Zambezi Boat Club.
The Litunga will travel to Livingstone to grace the 5th Zambezi International Regatta scheduled to take place on the 14th of September.
For this royal tour of duty to Livingstone, the King and his royal entourage will travel the traditional way called Kupuwana, when the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) will come with their royal boats and barges for a flotilla on 13th September 2019.
Kupuwana is a distinct water ceremony the King of Barotseland undertakes when on an official or ceremonial tour of duty different from the annual Kuomboka or Kufuluhela festivals.
Consequently, alternative but equally spectacular royal barges, such as the Indila, are used for the voyage in the place of the Nalikwanda and the Notila royal barges that are the main features during the Kuomboka water festival and its reverse voyage, Kufuluhela.
Induna Iñunde, Ms Irene Muyenga, who is the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) minister in charge of foreign relations, has led a delegation of other BRE Senior Induna, as emissaries of the Litunga of Barotseland to this year’s Kulamba ceremony of the Chewa speaking people of Eastern Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
Kulamba is the annual ceremony at which all the Chewa people and their chiefs gather at Mkaika village in Katete district of Zambia, to pay homage to their paramount ruler, Kalonga Gawa Undi.
During the ceremony, the chiefs brief the Gawa Undi on the situation in their chiefdoms, highlighting major issues and also to present their gifts to him.
LUSAKA. Zambia’s Tourism and Arts Minister, Ronald Chitotela, has called for the need to integrate and connect Black-African Americans, who have chosen to track and reconnect with their ancestral roots, to the rest of Zambia.
Mr Chotela said this when a 12 - member delegation of the Homecoming Project led by their president Eric Sheppard of the United States of America and Induna Namamba of the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) paid a courtesy call on him.
“Through this, the Americans behind the initiative will be able to appreciate what Zambia has to offer in terms of tourism and become tourism ambassadors for the country,” Mr Chitotela said.
He said his Ministry would support the project and ideas that come with it as it has the potential to promote Zambia as a tourist destination of choice for international travellers Worldwide.
The Minister said the Americans need to have a broader view of the country so that they can tell a detailed and sellable story when they go back home.
And Eric Sheppard said Diversity Restoration Solutions, the organization behind Homecoming Project, has established a strategic partnership between The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, a US Federal Government Agency, and Barotseland which needs to be turned into a tourism partnership.