A Barotse Prince has stated that the significance and symbolism of the court case against the Litunga should not be downplayed because it represents the feelings of the majority of the people of Barotseland.
The Prince who asked for anonymity said the court case commenced by Induna Nabiwa Imikendu and three others is an opportunity to ‘clean the house’ and put things back in order once and for all.
He charged that Edwin Lubosi Imwiko (Litunga) would rather be a Zambian minister than Litunga of Barotseland adding that the court case was a public testament to set him free so that he can join his accomplice, Edgar Lungu.
‘Lubosi has time and again shown where his heart belongs and its only fare to free the man, let him peacefully abdicate,’ the Prince charged.
He further stated that the court case was a means to create awareness and provide a shakeup and ensure that the Litunga was accountable to the people of Barotseland and not the other way round.
The affidavit filed in the High Court in Mongu reads in part that the court ‘declare that the said Edwin Lubosi Imwiko voluntarily abdicates failure to which the applicants together with the people of Barotseland be at liberty to invoke options of customary nature open to the Lozi tradition.’