The Linyungandambo, Barotseland’s main independence advocates, were at the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) Limulunga Kuta on Thursday morning to officially convey their gratitude to His Majesty, The Litunga, King of Barotseland, for allowing the BRE’s active participation during the burial of Barotseland independence campaigner’s funeral and burial.
In his message of gratitude, Linyungandambo’s National Chairperson, Silumesii Mubita, thanked His Majesty King Imwiko II, the Ngambela and the entire BRE Kuta for their show of solidarity during this moment of national loss.
“On behalf of the Likando family, Linyungandambo movement, Barotseland activists and the people of Barotseland, and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to sincerely convey our overwhelming gratitude to His Majesty - the Litunga, King of Barotseland, Your Honour and through you, the entire Kuta for the love, empathy and solidarity showed to our departed gallant compatriot, Likando Pelekelo, who we put to rest on Tuesday, 18th August 2020, as well as your demonstrated support for the emancipation of Barotseland through the 2012 BNC Resolutions.”
Linyungandambo, the main Barotseland independence movement, has vowed to continue the campaign for Barotseland as they blame the Zambian state and President Edgar Lungu, in particular, for the death of their leader.
Likando Pelekelo (65), a member of Linyungandambo and the Afumba-led Barotseland Transitional Government, BTG, died in a Zambian state penitentiary in unclear circumstances last Saturday, 15th August 2020 while serving a 15 –year sentence for his role in the peaceful campaign for Barotseland independence from the Republic of Zambia.
Speaking shortly after the burial of Likando Pelekelo, the Linyungandambo Spokesperson, Samuel Kalimukwa, said the Zambian state must accept responsibility for the Barotseland campaigner’s death, while President Lungu is personally held responsible because he has had several opportunities to release Likando Pelekelo and his compatriots, Afumba Mombotwa and Inambao Kalima, from jail over the years but refused to do so.
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.
Some known Patriotic Front (PF) cadres, who are related to deceased Barotseland leader, Likando Pelekelo, have threatened to involve Zambia state police to arrest all Barotseland activists who will insist on according Likando a heroes’ funeral and burial.
The named family members, Washanga Eddie Maswabi and a former District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) - now Commissioner at the Teaching Council of Zambia, Mulonda Sendoi, who are known active members of Zambia’s ruling party, want to bury Likando Pelekelo early Tuesday morning without involving Barotseland Political leaders in a low key family procession while threatening to call on state police to arrest all those who will insist on making any other arrangements.
The latest turn of events has emerged after the duo was informed that the Barotseland activists had requested for a parcel of land from the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) to serve as a memorial park where heroes like Likando Pelekelo would be put to rest.
Messages of condolence have continued to pour from all sectors of the Barotse community following the untimely death of Likando Pelekelo in Zambia’s maximum prison yesterday where he was serving a 15-year jail sentence for his peaceful campaign for Barotseland’s self-determination.
Likando Pelekelo, 69, a political prisoner, died in unclear circumstances but possibly connected to Zambian state neglect and deplorable prison conditions in Zambia’s Mukobeko maximum prison.
And a Barotseland transitional government (BTG) spokesperson, Mr Lubinda Kunangela, has commended the united solidarity that has ensued as the elephant Kingdom mourns what he called a ‘gallant soldier’ and a ‘strong pillar’ in the struggle for peace, justice and freedom of Barotseland.
Likando Pelekelo (65), one of the three Barotseland political leaders imprisoned for peacefully advocating the independence of Barotseland, has died in Zambia’s Mukobeko maximum prison in very unclear circumstances early Saturday morning.
And unconfirmed reports by the Zambian Watchdog indicate that Mukobeko state prison has been hit by COVID-19 while accusing prison authorities and the Zambian government of covering it up.
The Zambian Watchdog, in a social media post, was quoting a Zambian politician who bemoaned the COVID-19 unpreparedness at Mukobeko in the face of the looming pandemic with three deaths already suspected to be COVID-19 related.
However, an independent source at the state penitentiary has said that Likando suddenly took ill the past week or so, presenting body swelling and chest pains.
He collapsed and died after returning from some private infirmary this morning as the prison medical facility reportedly offered him no meaningful help.
CONIFA, the Confederation of Independent Football Associations, is the football federation for all associations outside FIFA, with members from all the continents of the world.
Among its North American members is the French-speaking Canadian region of Québec and Cascadia representing the Cascadia region of the US and Canada.
From Europe, CONIFA has members such as Monaco, Western Armenia and Northern Cyprus, among many others, while some of the members from Asia are Tibet, Kurdistan and Western Papua to name but a few.
Hawaii and some Australian first nations form part of the CONIFA membership from Oceania while Mapuche and Rapa Nui are among those drawn from South America.
CONIFA was founded on the 7th of June 2013 and organized its first World Football Cup in June 2014 in Ostersund, Sweden, to support representatives of international football teams from nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports isolated territories share in the joy of playing international football.
Although Barotseland is yet to have a national football squad that would participate in the continental and world tournaments under CONIFA, Barotseland gained its membership in July of 2017.
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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.
We have warned before now that the so-called Barotse Dialogue Council (BDC) planned by the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) and the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) is nothing more than a sinister attempt to force UPND Members of Parliament to break their UPND party ranks and support the disgraced Zambia Constitutional Amendment Bill 2019 (Bill 10) instead.
The proposed BDC has nothing to do with the restoration of the defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964, but everything to do with using the institution of the Litunga, King of Barotseland, and the unsuspecting BRE to pressure the ten United Party for National Development (UPND) members of the Zambian Parliament to vote in favour of Bill 10 on the pretext that the disgraced Bill would allegedly restore the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964 or that it will prescribe the Litunga’s venerated position in the Republic of Zambia.
The Zambian President’s remarks on arrival in Mongu on Monday have not gone well with many Barotseland independence advocates who are now warning Mr Lungu to desist from deliberately provoking the peaceful people of Barotseland through such remarks they consider reckless and insensitive.
President Edgar Lungu, who was in the region on Monday and Tuesday for electioneering and party mobilization, veiled as an official working visit, declared on arrival that he had come to the territory to show and prove that the region, whether called Western Province or Barotseland, would forever be a part of Zambia, in apparent challenge to all those advocating either the change of name for the region to Barotseland or the total independence of the territory.