News Editor, Barotseland Post
As rightly observed by the Ngambela last week, the cholera epidemic currently ravaging Zambia has now crossed Barotseland’s borders with three cases recorded in Kaoma and Senanga respectively in the past one week.
The victims in all case recorded so far are reported to be Zambian traders coming from the plagued nation’s capital, Lusaka, on their routine trading activities in Barotseland.
Zambia is currently grappling with the worst cholera epidemic in recent years, if not ever, that has spread across the country beyond the usually susceptible unplanned slums of the large metropolitan capital, Lusaka, with the military deployed to combat the diarrheal disease which has already claimed several hundreds of its victims out of the more than two thousand cases recorded so far in Lusaka since October, 2017.
Following the infamous clash of motorcades on Barotseland’s Mongu-Limulunga Road at April’s Kuomboka festival that saw him and five others imprisoned for four months on treason charges, Zambia’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema on Wednesday made an emotional return to Mongu.
The Catholic Church in Zambia has observed that the 2016 signed national constitution undermined the possibility of resolving the Barotseland self-determination question which they consider a source of simmering tension since Zambia's Independence.
Catholic Oblate Liseli radio presenter, Situmbeko Sikuka, has been summoned by Zambia police for allegedly inciting the Lozi community against Zambian government officials after he hosted a show to discuss an apparent unfairness emanating from the just ended Teachers’ recruitment exercise which has sparked much discontent among suitably qualified teachers hailing from the contested Barotseland region.
Mitete constituency UPND Member of Parliament Misheck Mutelo on Friday morning told parliament that the Zambian government should not think the people of Barotseland have forgotten about the Barotseland issue or that the matter was quite.