Zambia’s founding president, Kenneth Kaunda, has died at 97 from an undisclosed short illness at the impoverished country’s premier military hospital.
In Barotseland, however, his death has been received with mixed feelings as the contested territory remembers nothing but Kaunda’s treachery and downright oppression and forced assimilation.
While the rest of the world joins Zambia in mourning her founding president and a man considered to have helped many other nations of southern Africa attain political independence from colonialists, Barotseland would rather not join those hailing the man as a liberator because to Barotseland, he is nothing but a traitor, an oppressor and usurper of the once proud and autonomous Kingdom.
Mrs Emetrude Situmbeko Mwanangombe, incarcerated Barotseland campaigner Afumba Mombotwa’s wife, who died at the hands of Mukobeko Prison Serial Killers in Kabwe, central Zambia, has been put to rest in her homeland of Barotseland.
She met her cruel end when she went to visit her husband at Kabwe’s Mukobeko prison where he continues to serve a 15-year treason sentence for his peaceful campaign for Barotseland’s self-determination.
At the maximum prison, she was lured by the assailant who pretended to be a prison warder and called her on her personal mobile phone, supposedly to update her on the pending release of her husband from jail through a presidential pardon.
Unbeknownst to Mrs Mombotwa, James Chiteta, the supposed Prison Officer, was nothing but a cold-blooded killer inmate who had been luring female relatives of fellow inmates in the same elaborate criminal scheme and would go on to rape and murder his unsuspecting victims including her.
Barotseland campaigner and political prisoner Afumba Mombotwa has objected to the idea of burying his late wife, Emetrude Situmbeko Mwanangombe, in Kabwe, the place of her gruesome murder, as he wants her to go and rest in her homeland.
Objecting to the Zambian state’s directive that she be buried in Kabwe due to the decomposed state of her remains, Mr Afumba insisted that his wife will not rest in the place of her horrific murder.
And many Barotzis and family members have also vehemently refused to have Mrs Mombotwa buried in what they regard as a foreign land, regardless of the decomposed state of her remains. Mrs Mombotwa was murdered by the infamous Mukobeko Prison serial killer when she had gone to visit her husband at the maximum correctional facility.
Accordingly, her burial has now been slated for Wednesday, the 2nd of June 2021, in Limulunga, Barotseland.
Her remains have since arrived in Mongu in the early hours of today.
Emetrude Situmbeko Mwanangombe (51), the wife to Barotseland campaigner and political prisoner, Afumba Mombotwa, has been confirmed to be among the ten victims so far discovered in a spate of murders carried out by two serial killers impersonating prison officers to lure mostly female relatives of known inmates to their horrendous death.
Mrs Mombotwa, who had left her home in Barotseland to central Zambia on April 2nd, 2021 to visit her husband at Kabwe’s Mukobeko prison, was never to be seen or heard from until news of women disappearing after they had visited their loved ones at the correctional facility surfaced in the media this past week.
And those who were last with her have disclosed that Mrs Mombotwa had informed them that she had received a phone call from a man who had introduced himself as a Prison Warder at Kabwe’s Mukobeko prison and that she was required to go back to Kabwe where they were to discuss her husband’s pending release from jail on Parole.
However, news emerged last week that two inmates, who had escaped from the correctional facility, had gone on a rampage killing women, after they had raped them, before burying them in shallow graves around the prison.
Barotseland campaigner’s wife, Emetrude Situmbeko Mwanangombe, has not been seen and her whereabouts are still unknown since her last trip to Mukobeko State Prison to visit her husband in early April of 2021 where Afumba Mombotwa (61) continues to serve a 15-year maximum sentence for his peaceful campaign for Barotseland’s self-determination which the Zambian state has deemed treasonous.
The news of her disappearance has come in the wake of Zambian media reports of serial murders around the penitentiary stating that two escaped inmates pretending to be prison officials had been luring particularly female relatives of some serving prisoners to the correctional facility only to rape them, murder them and bury them in shallow graves in the vicinity of the prison grounds.
Zambian media reports have stated that all these murders have taken place in the last two or three months coinciding with the disappearance of Mrs Mombotwa making some Barotse nationals fear she too may have fallen victim to the horrendous serial killers.
Afumba Mombotwa, the sworn Barotseland Administrator General imprisoned for his peaceful campaign for Barotseland self-determination, is reportedly very sick in Zambia’s state maximum prison where he continues to serve a controversial 15 years treason sentence.
Independent Mukobeko Maximum Prison sources have indicated that Mr Mombotwa was hospitalized at the state prison's infirmary three days ago due to some unspecified illness, as the Zambian state reportedly tries hard to conceal his hospitalization from his family and the public.
Afumba’s hospitalization comes barely six months after his co-imprisoned Barotseland campaigner, Likando Pelekelo, died in the same state penitentiary in unclear circumstances last year.
The Zambian government has been accused of repeatedly refusing to yield to national and international appeals to release the peaceful Barotseland campaigners in its prisons.
The Zambian High Court has ruled to dismiss Nabiwa Imikendu and others in their litigation against the Litunga of Barotseland with costs.
A full High Court bench of judges comprising Judges G.C Chawatama, Charles Zulu and W.G.K Muma on Wednesday, 30th December 2020 unanimously ruled in favour of the defendant, His Majesty Imwiko II, with costs awarded.
The plaintiffs namely Nabiwa Imikendu, Litia Charles Mutemwa, Mukubesa Ilukena and Mumbisho Liswaniso will have to pay all costs of the litigation including those incurred by the Defendant.
This is in a case where on February 3, 2017, the Plaintiffs took out an originating notice of motion in the High Court at the District Registry at Mongu.
And in their affidavit in support of the originating notice of motion, the Plaintiffs, who described themselves as Zambian Nationals and traditional loyalists with vested interests aimed at ensuring that Lozi tradition and custom is upheld, promoted and sustained for the cultural heritage, wanted the court to order that the defendant, Edwin Lubosi Imwiko, who they sued in his capacity as Litunga of the Western Province of Zambia, abdicates for what they termed as gross incompetence and abuse of authority.
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.
Many people can claim to be members of Linyungandambo, Barotseland’s leading independence movement, but very few know what it takes to be a true Linyungandambo.
A true Linyungandambo must subscribe to the movement’s core ideals and beliefs sometimes called the Linyungandambo Philosophy, which was later developed and integrated into what is now Royal Barotseland’s Nationalist Guide.
It was in their quest to build a cadre of knowledgeable followers that the independence movement developed and formulated the Nationalist’s Guide which they then distributed through the Barotseland National Information Centre system whose objectives were:
Another prominent Barotseland campaigner, Nayoto Lyamba, has died after an illness barely a month following the death of Barotseland independence campaigner, Likando Pelekelo, who died in a Zambian state penitentiary while serving a treason jail sentence for his peaceful Barotseland activism.
Mr Lyamba died yesterday, Thursday, 17th September 2020, at Lewanika General Hospital where he had been hospitalized for some time.
Nayoto Lyamba, 81, joined the Linyungandambo Barotseland Independence Movement right when it started in 2010 as its regional Chairperson for Mongu region.
Mr Lyamba, however, retired from Barotseland activism shortly after his arrest in January 2011 during the Rupiah Banda Zambian administration which arrested over two hundred peaceful Barotse who were headed to a peaceful public gathering at Limulunga Royal Kuta grounds.
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.
The Litunga la Mboela, Barotseland’s Queen of the South, who is second in the hierarchy and co-ruler with the Litunga, King of Barotseland, is shocked to learn of the sudden death of Likando Pelekelo, the Barotseland independence campaigner who died in Zambia’s Mukobeko maximum prison on 15th August 2020.
Speaking through Acting Sambi (Ngambela), Malitela Malitela, when Her Royal Highness conferred with a team of Linyungandambo leaders at the Nalolo Royal Palace on Tuesday 1st September 2020, the Litunga la Mboela, Mbuyu, said the death of Likando was painfully shocking and saddening not only to the people of Nalolo domain but also to the entire nation of Royal Barotseland.
And Acting Sambi, the Ngambela or Prime Minister at the Nalolo Kuta, Malitela, said that Her Royal Highness, The Litunga la Mboela, has invited the Linyungandambo leaders for a courtesy visit to enable Her Royal Highness and the Nalolo Kuta offer their condolence to the independence movement, the Likando family and the people of Barotseland after Likando shockingly died in Zambian state prison.
Her Royal Highness said the Kuta was unable to participate directly at the funeral and burial in Senanga because everything happened so shockingly sudden.
Consequently, Her Royal Highness has urged the Linyungandambo to freely visit the Litunga la Mboela’s Kuta as often as was possible and necessary so that the Kuta would also be up to date with the independence movement’s continued peaceful campaign for Barotseland self-determination.