Media Editor, Barotseland Post
LUSAKA – While commenting on a Zambian lawyer’s explanation of the difference between a presidential pardon and parole, prominent Zambian Media commentator Kasebamashila Kaseba has wondered why many Zambians, particularly the legal fraternity, have remained mute on a glaring error that happened last year in which a Minister of Home Affairs reportedly cancelled and reversed a presidential pardon of Barotseland campaigner, Afumba Mombotwa, several hours after the political prisoner was publicly and formally announced to have been pardoned by the Republican President.
To this day, Mr Afumba Mombotwa's name is still listed on President Edgar Lungu's verified Facebook profile as having been pardoned unconditionally by the President from his 15-year prison sentence, while he remains in jail for treason under the laws of Zambia.
The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA), African region, has unanimously elected Barotseland as its continental President for the rest of the year.
And announcing its election, Royal Barotseland Ambassador-designate, His Excellency Hon Christian Luzongo Kalaluka, who will officially hold the continental CONIFA presidency on behalf of the elephant Kingdom of Royal Barotseland, has said that his tenure will run up to January 2021 when the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) will sit to elect the next president, which Barotseland will still be eligible to contest.
“I was voted unopposed by the Global ExCo (Executive Committee) after being endorsed by all African Member Countries," announced the notably excited Hon Christian Luzongo Kalaluka, who will also be a member of the CONIFA Global Governing Body by being President for Africa.
His Majesty, The Litunga, King Imwiko II, sanctioned the Barotse Royal Establishment, BRE, to observe the day of Likando Pelekelo’s burial as 'Moonda', a royal holiday, at all regional Kuta in the Kingdom.
As such, the Ngambela (Barotseland's Prime Minister), Manyando Mukela, after consultations with the Saa Kuta, the highest royal court, instructed that Moonda be observed on Likando’s burial day, and the day before it, to mourn the dearly departed Barotseland independence campaigner.
Moonda is a special royal holiday accorded mostly to royal individuals and serving or past ministers, such as the Prime Ministers, upon their death. However, in very special circumstances, the Moonda is observed upon the death of a highly distinguished non-royal who has been deemed deserving the rare honour.
After some initial controversy between a section of the family and Barotseland activists, it has been resolved that Likando Pelekelo’s burial proceeds today in harmony.
And the family has requested the Barotseland independence campaigners to lead the burial program, supported by the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) who have assigned two Senior Limulunga Induna (Royal Council Members) to represent the royal establishment as the other members of the wider independence movement share responsibilities in the procession.
The youthful Barotse Imilema (BI) have been assigned as pallbearers of the casket wrapped in one of Barotseland's old flags, while each participating movement will be allowed to give their messages of solidarity.
Other speeches will be presented by the BRE, Linyungandambo and the Barotseland Transitional Government (BTG), while Barotseland's national anthem has characterised the procession alongside some church dirge.
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Zambian born Canadian Lawyer, Elias Munshya, has taken a swipe at Chitimukulu Kanyanta-Manga II for proposing that the current Constitutional (Amendment) Bill 2019, Bill 10, includes a new clause that will create a Council for Paramount Chiefs in the Republican Constitution comprising the Litunga, King of Barotseland, Kalonga Gawa Undi, Nkosi yama Nkosi Mpezeni and Mwinelubemba Chitimukulu Kanyanta-Manga II of the Bemba.
To achieve his proposal, Kanyanta Sosala, the Chitimukulu (Paramount Chief of the Bemba) has challenged the opposition UPND parliamentarians who hail from Barotseland in the Western Province of Zambia to vote for the controversial and disgraced bill so that their King, the Litunga, would supposedly be accorded his venerated position in the constitution of the Republic along with his Zambian counterparts, the named Paramount Chiefs.
However, Elias Munshya has accused the Chitimukulu of deceitfully riding on the Lozi people and the emotive issue of Barotseland to create for himself a constitutional status never before accorded to any Chitimukulu in the entire history of Zambia.