Govt ‘proposes’ to drop clause that undermines Litunga’s authority

The Zambian government is ‘proposing; to amend the constitutional clause that deals with recognition of chiefs following pressure from the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE).
The current constitution is in conflict with the Chiefs Act which provides that chiefs in Western Province (Barotseland) shall be installed or dethroned by the Litunga but the government amended the republican constitution and placed a clause directly targeting the authority of the Litunga and the Barotse Royal Establishment in matters of installation or dethronement of chiefs.
National Dialogue Forum Spokesperson Isaac Mwanza recently told a media briefing that among the 78 constitutional amendments to be considered is the one dealing with recognition and withdrawal of recognition of chiefs.
Article 165 (2) of the amended constitution states that Parliament shall not enact legislation which –
(a) Confers on a person or authority the right to recognise or withdraw the recognition of a chief.
The government then used this clause to sponsor ‘rebel’ chiefs in Kaoma and Mongu and allowed them to operate without being installed by the Litunga through the Barotse Royal Establishment as had always been the case and as stipulated by the Chiefs Act which provides for separate guidelines for Western Province (Barotseland) different from the rest of Zambia in matters of installation of chiefs.
In November 2018, Vice President Inonge Wina and President Edgar Lungu made separate visits within a space of one week to chief Mwene Mutondo of Kaoma, one of the .rebel’ chiefs but this did not go well with the BRE forcing it to hold a media briefing at which it warned the Zambian government against undermining the authority of the Litunga.
At that briefing, the BRE had stressed that chiefs in Barotseland, unlike elsewhere in Zambia, are installed by His Majesty the Litunga from time immemorial and they hold office by strictly following the diverse traditions and customs of all the 38 ethnic groups in the region.
This was followed by a ‘rift’ in the Litunga’s relationship with President Lungu. A situation which worried the Zambian authorities as it could force the Litunga to side with his people’s wishes to separate from Zambia as resolved through the March 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC)
With this government ‘assurance’ to drop the clause that targeted his authority, the Litunga has since reverted to his position of ‘cooperating’ with the Zambian government and making sure that the Barotseland independence movement is derailed.

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    Bihar 1 week ago

    The problem is that u guys u think u are too special than any other tribe if the country corrupt it’s not the grantee to start sharing the country

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    Muntu Bulyo 3 weeks ago

    If the Litunga has the interest of his people at heart, he should by now realise that the Zambian Government does not mean well for the Lozis and other inhabitants of now Western Province. Since Barotseland was brought in the country called Zambia with collaboration of Barotse Kingdom, he should now ensure that the Kingdom is taken out of this corrupt and deceitful country otherwise his people will remain poor.

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    Musumali Liyunga 3 weeks ago

    You may be rest assured that this is not the last time that the so called Zambian Government will try to undermine the authority of the Litunga. I always wonder why Zambian laws are always targeting at fixing individuals from former North Western Rhodesia. Surely, the Zambian Government can have better things to do like promoting the growing of tobacco and reducing corruption.

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    Muntu 3 weeks ago

    Believe me. These chaps are trying to propose clauses that will put UPND in bad light when it rejects the constitution amendment in parliament. Yet their intention is to find any means to stop HH from becoming president.