Delayed response irritates BRE
The Barotse Royal Establishment says
President Rupiah Banda’s government is taking too long to respond to its
suggestions on how to resolve the Barotseland
And the Barotse Royal Establishment’s acting Ngambela prime
minister Litia Walubita says people that were circulating rumours that the
Litunga is ‘dead’ are pathological liars.
During an inter-denominational
service attended by Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II at his Limulunga palace grounds on
Friday morning, Ngambela Walubita said the BRE had not relaxed efforts to engage
the government on the Barotseland Agreement issue.
“I know that people
are very anxious about the Barotseland Agreement but we are not just seated,”
Ngambela Walubita told a crowd that came to see Litunga Imwiko. “We are being
prodded by the district royal establishments and the latest is the Imangambwa
chief induna at Naliele in Kaoma, who is here with us and had been asking how
far we are on this issue.”ť
Ngambela Walubita said the Barotse Royal
Establishment BRE was of the view that issues around the Barotseland Agreement
needed to be dealt with one at a time.
“Some people were sent to Lusaka
to go and find out because the other time we Barotse National Council went to
State House and told the government that ‘what we have come here for is not to
secede. What we are here for is to ensure that our Agreement is respected,’”
Ngambela Walubita said.
“The President and his people gave their side and
they said ‘it won't take long, we shall respond to you.’ But there will be a
problem because people are now wondering when that response will
Ngambela Walubita said in view of the silence from the
Another BRE delegation was sent to Lusaka recently to go and
find out the government’s position on the matter.
“They came back the
other day and they told us it was promising and that the government will reply
this week,” Ngambela Walubita said. “That letter from the government will
determine whether we go and meet with them or we call on people to come and
dance the warriors’ dance ngomalume.”ť
Ngambela Walubita, who rubbished
assertions that the Litunga and his indunas had been paid billions of kwacha in
order to kill the discourse on the Barotseland Agreement, urged the people to
wait for the outcome of the BRE's involvement.
“Such kind of mudslinging
is not constructive,” he said. “It is shameful that some people from the royal
family are also involved in this malicious campaign but it shall not take a
while, we will catch them.”
Ngambela Walubita said the Kuomboka Ceremony
of the Lozi people would take place this year and rumours suggesting that it
would not take place were baseless.
“Preparations have already started,”
Ngambela Walubita said. “Next week I might be announcing the date for the
And Ngambela Walubita said the rumour that the Litunga had
passed away was a wake-up call to the BRE.
“Those lies that are
circulating, tell the people that they are all lies. Look, today he Litunga
Imwiko is here. Can you say someone is mad when he is not mad?” Ngambela
Walubita said amidst ululations. “But these rumours have made us realise that
from now on we shall not allow our Litunga to be only in one place. We shall
advise him to be mobile.”
Ngambela Walubita said those that continue to
think that the Litunga was only benefitting by virtue of being on the throne
should go to his village, Nasiyongo, and see the number of cattle he
“The Litunga is self-sustaining,” said Ngambela Walubita.