Halt all Kuomboka preparations until our house is in order – Barotse Royal Establishment advised

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Hosting the Kuomboka ceremony amidst the current confusion and tension will do more harm than good for the Kingdom of Barotseland, governance and cultural expert Muyendekwa Sishekano has advised.

“While the ceremony has been the pinnacle of the Barotse Kingdom in terms of marketing its rich and diverse cultural heritage, it would be counterproductive if the ceremony were to be held in the present ‘charged’ atmosphere. It is no longer a secret that the citizens of the kingdom are frustrated with their monarch and royal establishment for their apparent reluctance in supporting the speedy implementation of the unanimous 27th March 2012 Barotse National Council independence resolutions,” Muyendekwa has observed.

The Litunga (King) of Barotseland, Lubosi Imwiko II, is currently embattled amidst accusations of gross incompetence and lack of personal support for the citizens’ calls for complete independence from the oppressive Zambian state that opted to annex the Barotse territory in 1969 rather than honour the 1964 pre-independence deal which would give shared sovereignty of the two previously separate British protectorates of Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia-come-Zambia. Since then, calls for honoring of the defunct agreement have attracted heavy reprisals from the Zambian state under archaic treason laws, with many Barotse people killed, arrested and tortured or left to languish in Zambian jails without fair trial or no trial at all.

The Kuomboka ceremony has not taken place in recent years, and although many official reasons have been advanced for its non-hosting, ranging from low water levels in the Zambezi River to royal family bereavements, it may seem that the real reason is because of the political transition Barotseland is currently undergoing.

In March 2012, Barotseland officially accepted Zambia’s 1969 unilateral termination of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964, essentially declaring independence and since then it has been very difficult to stage the ceremony which would amount to Zambian interference in its national activities.

To counter growing calls for Barotseland self-determination, the Zambian state has increased its human rights abuses on the people and citizens of Barotseland, arresting and imprisoning hundreds of citizens and their leaders putting the contested region in the perpetual state of emergency, with thousands of security personal roaming the territory.

As such, many Barotse like Muyendekwa are calling for the complete halting of all fundraising ventures for the hosting of the Kuomboka until the royal establishment puts their house in order because although the ceremony has not successfully taken place lately, fundraising activities for its hosting have always taken place.

“What I am saying is that we should ban the hosting of Kuomboka fundraising functions as this is synonymous to ‘fraud’ due to lack of accountability on the monies realized in past years. We should also call upon all individuals and well wishers, especially the Business community, to stop donating towards any purported Kuomboka ceremony related activities until we sort our ‘house’ and restore order back home.

“Organizing it now amidst this tension and all these reports of fraud in BRE will only give us a bad name as a people.  Our tradition will not suffer as irreparably for this brief period than it will if we organized it badly,” concluded Muyendekwa in a written submission to Barotseland Post.

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4 Responses to Halt all Kuomboka preparations until our house is in order – Barotse Royal Establishment advised

  1. This now is RUBBISH KUOMBOKA is a lozi ceremony & for the lozis- its not an individual event. am going to contribute to the fund raising activities of my dear brothers & sisters efforts for koumboko- this unites the lozis!!! As i understand nkoyas, bundas, luvales, lambas, lenjes, & lunda will support these anarchists!!!

    why do we politicizes everything – learn fron DAFUR in sudan:
    war affects the poor villages mostly –

    VIVA KUOMBOKA!!!! abash imperialists

    Angoni Bull
    February 20, 2017 at 11:53 am
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  2. Western Province is really beautiful. I would not be against their breaking away if what we are going through at present as Zambia is what beholds for our future. I hate political intolerance and the rigging of elections plays into the hands of forces of evil for our country. If I were ECL, I would resign forth-with in order to bring normalcy to our beautiful country. No one has a right to impose themselves onto fellow citizens to be their boss. No one has a right to kill another citizen for power, especially where all power is aimed at SERVING citizens. So killing the very citizens one is to serve is illogical and insane!

    Songwe
    February 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm
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  3. Total nonsense. Stay committed to development other than giving out poor comparisons of Darfur, election rigging and self-imposition by ECL. Did ECL declare himself a winner or the body entrusted to do the work of holding elections generally announced who the winner was?? Just like the guilty does not accept the verdict from the Judge(s) so too with you the loser have not accepted the ECZ’s hard work. Hence you resort to violence and you think the Law to remain watching your impunity.

    SENIOR BINO
    February 21, 2017 at 3:28 pm
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    • It is clear that ECZ did a very bad job of announcing wrong and delay of results,,,Simply because they were highly bought to do so!!!!IF not not after this mounting pressure of the petition to be heard why are the senior people like AKUFUNA,Director of finance and latest The where snouts of ESSAU CHUULU and Priscilla lsaac,,,DO not take ZAMBIANS for granted and think we are all stupid to accept forged self lmposed leadership mind you we will all want to know the winner of 2016 elections without fear or favour let the petition be heard why is illegalLungu so scared to let the petition being heard????LUNGU knows he stole victory and he should step down

      SHARON MULENGA
      February 22, 2017 at 11:47 am
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