Litunga constitutes illegal committee to ‘negotiate’ with Lungu

Embattled Litunga Lubosi Imwiko ii has handpicked a list of people to constitute an illegal committee which he wants to negotiate the restoration of the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964 with outgoing President Edgar Lungu in direct violation of the 2012 Barotseland independence resolutions.
The team that was ‘single sourced’ by the Litunga is composed mainly of Lozis who are opposed to the 2012 resolutions adopted by the Barotseland National Council which was sanctioned and approved by the Litunga himself in consultation with the Litunga in-council.
The scheme is aimed at gaining votes for outgoing President Lungu who lacks support in the region.
The team is composed of six lawyers but the Watchdog has withheld three names for now as they were not consulted by the Litunga. The other three lawyers are Mwangala Zaloumis, Christopher Mundia and Inambao Inambao.
Church leaders nominated are Bishop Chinyama Chinyemba from the Catholic Church and Apostle Ingombe Ananyatela.
Other members representing ‘politicians’ are Lioko Mbaimbai, Samuel Akende Namakando and Mutete Kashimani.
The last group styled as ‘activists’ is composed of some people who have never been heard talking about the Barotseland impasse.
The names in this group include former Speaker of the National Assembly Amusa Mwanamwambwa, Mutumba Mainga, Bernard B Silumesi and Maswabi Maimbolya.
Others are former Drug Enforcement Commission Director Mukutulu Sinyani, Yuyi Lishomwa, Joe Mwala, Mushokabanji Wamui and compromised activist Chazele Mulasikwanda.
But Barotseland activist groups are opposed to the Litunga and Lungu’s attempt to ‘restore’ the Agreement because it is in violation of the 2012 Barotseland National Council (BNC) which voted to accept Zambia’s abrogation of the agreement.
All genuine Barotseland activists have been left out of this committee as Lungu does not want to face them because they will not accept his scheme.
The BNC is the highest policymaking body under Barotseland governance structure and the Litunga has no power to reverse its decisions.
Lubosi was imposed on the Barotse throne by Frederick Chiluba in 2000 following the death of Litunga Ilute Yeta, the father to Senior Chief Inyambo of Mwandi in Sesheke.
Ilute died in ‘suspicious circumstances’ after he sanctioned the ‘Kuta’ to engage the Organisation of African Unity, now African Union and the United Nations over Zambia’s abrogation of the 1964 unity treaty.
Lubosi was strategically handpicked by President Frederick Chiluba on advice from the entelligence because he (Lubosi) had unfinished business with the people of Barotseland.
Lubosi’s father Imasiku Imwiko only ruled for three years and was assassinated through food poisoning on 24th June 1945 for disregarding the voice of his people forcing Lubosi and his siblings to flee to Lukulu where they spent some time in ‘exile.’

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