Linyungandambo Press Statement on Current Events and happenings in Barotseland

16 October 2015


It is essential and imperative to issue a Press Statement about the position of the Linyungandambo. This will give a clear guidance and leadership to all the people of Barotseland.


It must be clear that Barotseland is not part of Zambia. Whatever is declared by the Zambian President should not in any way affect Barotseland. Zambia has dedicated the 18th day of October, 2015 to be a day of prayers for Zambia. We advise the people of Barotseland not to join this meaningless scheme.
Barotseland is still held captive by Zambia under bondage of occupation. Our leaders are still held in Zambian Prisons, there is no reason why sensible, right thinking Barotseland Nationals should accept such a ruse of deception and double standards.

The people of Barotseland have been going to Church as Christians for a very long time. This time around you should go to church on Sunday, the 18th October, 2015, but we advise you to pray normally without the irrelevant directives of the Zambian President.


It is essential to trace the history of Mr. Edwin Lubosi Imwiko and how he ascended to the position of the Litunga. It is a well-known that Mr. Lubosi was put there by the GRZ MMD Government. He was not the popular person the people of Barotseland would have chosen. The Zambian Government had imposed him on Barotseland so that he could continue to derail the crusade to independence. The people of Barotseland cherish and value the Litungaship as an institution of their heritage. There is a distinction between the Litungaship and the man who is called Lubosi Imwiko, and he should be separated from this revered and highly placed title because his conduct is very much at variance with the norms and personality of a true and normal Litunga.

Lubosi Imwiko and his BRE should be considered irrelevant to the issues of Barotseland. The BRE was Kaunda’s creation as a vessel by which Zambia would continue to weaken the effectiveness of the Barotse people. The BRE was created for the purpose of robbing the people their voice. Zambia would continue to manipulate. The infamous “one Zambia one nation motto,” and this slogan is not Kaunda’s creation or innovation, it is paragraph number 3 of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.

Therefore, you cannot pick one that suits you and leave the rest. This time around we are wide awake. So Zambians continue to be duped by a treacherous and untrustworthy government period!


The Barotseland case is already on the working files of the African Union awaiting the deliverance of the judgement to the Head of State summit at their next sitting. We expect the AU to advise Zambia as the people had resolved at the 2012 BNC. Barotseland wants to be an independent state free of foreign control and occupation. Zambia should be advised to leave Barotseland without bloodshed. Kaunda should be answerable to the atrocities committed against Barotseland.

No one in Barotseland wants any new agreement with Zambia. The death of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 means that the two countries can never be together again, and we are very watchful and we shall never allow it to take place again. Zambia and its citizens in nature have a diabolic attitude and they cannot respect agreements.


Currently Barotseland is awaiting the decision of the International Court of Justice to declare that Barotseland Kingdom as a sovereign and an independent state, can sue or be sued in that court. The application for jurisdiction was well tabled on 17th August, 2015 and was well accepted.

Zambian Government can never or temper to withdraw this case in that particular court. Let’s understand and support our identity of being a God chosen nation and people of Barotseland.

Sensible scholars of history fail to understand why Kaunda is hailed in some circles as a saint. Kaunda caused death and destruction to his own people of Northern and Luapula Provinces during the Lenshina uprising. Hundreds of people were killed in 1964 and property destroyed. He has caused misery to Barotseland and he must be regarded as a criminal of a worst kind. He had brought poverty even to his own country Zambia.


This slogan is hollow and void of any meaning. People should not be duped by it when they have not learnt its proper meaning. The curriculum that was supposed to show how Barotseland and Zambia came together was routinely excluded from the educational system. Zambia as a one nation cannot be defined by a mere slogan without proper legislation.


Zambia celebrates the 24th October each year as the country’s Independence Day. To the contrary, 24th October of each year is the dooms day when Barotseland lost her identity and was plunged into occupation of Zambia. It is unthinkable for any sane and right thinking Barotzish National to join Zambia in its celebrations. How does a slave join his occupier the day he was enslaved?

An appeal is made to the people of Barotseland to examine the meaning of this day to both Zambia and Barotseland.

Northern Rhodesia became Zambia on the 24th October, 1964. On the same day, Barotseland became a colony of Zambia. The relationship between Zambia and Barotseland is like that between the colonizing, occupier and the colonized or occupied. Sensible and understanding people of Barotseland will not therefore take part in the celebration.

Barotseland should press harder and fight for her real independence. Those that care and have a heart for Barotseland let us stand and sing hymn number 183 for the youth, 218 and 223 alongside 222 our National Anthem and at the same time national prayer so that God hears our cry.

We leave you with the following readings:

Arise because the dawn is here, 2 Chronicles 20:20-22, Isiah 44:26 ….. “That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof.”

Therefore, Barotseland shall be restored says the Lord.

To all the traitors of Barotseland, read 2 Samuel 17:23 “And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.” Surely, that will happen to you.

The time when King David was standing facing Goliath in the name of the Lord, and Goliath was defeated. David had praised the Lord previously with the Psalms in Psalms 23. So even us as Lozis we stand with God, and one day, we will sing this Psalm. Because at the moment we are singing Psalm 137:1-9. Please take time to read these verses!

But remember, AS LONG AS ZAMBIA HOLDS ON TO BAROTSELAND, THE LORD OUR GOD will plunge it in severe social, political and economic upheavals, just like the Pharaohs of Egypt when they held Israel captive.


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