Litunga happy with heavy military presence in Barotseland

The Litunga of Barotseland Lubosi Imwiko ii has praised the Zambia army that is heavily deployed in Western province (Barotseland) for ‘maintaining’ peace in the region.

He said this Wednesday morning when Zambia army Commander Lieutenant General William Sikazwe paid a courtesy call on him at Limulunga palace.

The Litunga expressed happiness with the presence of the Zambian troops claiming that they have brought peace in the region. The Zambia army has maintained a heavy presence in Barotseland since 2012 when the region through the Barotse National Council (BNC) accepted Zambia’s abrogation of the 1964 Barotseland Agreement that joined the former British protectorate of Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia to form Zambia.
The 2012 BNC meeting was sanctioned by the Litunga but he was later compromised by the Zambian government. Some of the key leaders among them Linyungandambo leader Afumba Mombotwa are now in prison serving 15 year jail terms for attempting to implement the 2012 BNC independence resolutions.
Most local people in the region view the Zambian troops as an occupying force whose main duty is to ensure that Barotseland is maintained as an integral part of Zam

File picture: Zambia army platoon in training

bia by intimidation and force. Most districts in the region have military camps.
And General Sikazwe pledged that he will ensure that there is continued peace and security in the province while Western province Permanent Secretary Sibanze Simuchoba urged the Zambia Army and Zambia National Service (ZNS) to exploit the abundant timber resources in the region.

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    BENE BANYEKE 1 week ago

    SO IT MEANS LITUNGA DOESN`T CARE ABOUT HIS COLLEGUES SPENDING 15 YEARS JAIL SENTENCE???
    HE MUST BE OVER-THROWN,HES NOT WORTHY HOLDING THAT SEAT!!!

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    Mutangelwa 1 week ago

    How stupid it is to promote exploitation of timber and create jobs in Lusaka while Barotseland wallows in poverty? Why justify environmental degredation? Go to school and learn about poverty before you make stupid pronouncements.

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    Black Sabath 1 week ago

    The Litunga is just an idiot…

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    Lubinda 2 weeks ago

    this is bullshit look at the last sentence how do you allow them to exploit local timber

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    Musumali Liyunga 2 weeks ago

    If story is true then the Litunga is a big sell out. You cannot claim to be the one ruling your country if you have a big force propping you up because this means that it is the foreign power in charge. I do not understand why our leaders, traditional rulers included make rubbish pronouncements just to please those that govern from Lusaka. The heavy military presence in Barotseland are also spreading the HIV virus and who can be happy with that.

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      Observer 1 week ago

      Dear Musimali, the Litunga cares NOT! He has more to gain for himself from Lusaka