Litunga rejects PF’s latest manoeuvres to tamper with constitution

Litunga rejects PF’s latest manoeuvres to tamper with constitution

The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has rejected the Constitutional Amendment Bill of 2019, indicating that some proposed articles are not consistent with the traditional system of Barotseland.

Addressing the press in Limulunga on Tuesday 6th August, 2019 afternoon, Ngambela Mukela Manyando, the Litunga’s Prime Minister, stated that the Kuta had observed with grave concern that some of the proposed articles would derogate the authority and stature of the Litunga of Barotseland and, therefore, he questioned the motive of passing such legislation whose effect was the destruction of traditions and customs of one section of the same country!

The BRE feels that some articles if passed would have the potential to create anarchy in the region because others will have powers of declaring themselves chiefs.

Prime Television’s Lloyd Kapusa reported that in a meeting held on July 30th – 31st 2019 by the District Palace Kutas which convened in Limulunga, the Winter Capital of the Litunga (King) Lubosi Imwiko II, the BRE sat to analyze the constitutional Amendment Bill of 2019 and resolved not to support the National Dialogue Forum, NDF, resolutions.

“The BRE observed with grave concern that some of the proposals in the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2019 will if passed, derogate the authority and stature of the Litungaship – the very foundation of our tradition and identity.

“We, therefore, question the motive of passing such legislation, whose effect is the destruction of traditions and customs of one section of the same country!” Ngambela Mukela Manyando was quoted reading out the Kuta’s resolutions opposing the controversial NDF resolutions.

On the specific reasons why the BRE had resolved not to support the National Dialogue Forum resolutions, the King’s Prime Minister singled out ARTICLE 149 which gives unilateral powers to the president to create, divide or merge provinces without the approval of Parliament and the Traditional Authorities.

This, the Ngambela fears, will have a direct negative bearing on the Barotse traditional governance system because a Zambian President with such excessive powers might use it to the alienation of parts of Barotseland which could be merged with land outside the jurisdiction of His Majesty the Litunga.

“ARTICLE 149 – This article is being amended to give the President unilateral powers to create, divide or merge provinces without the approval of Parliament and the Traditional Authorities.

“This excessive power may be used to the alienation of parts of Barotseland and merge them with land outside the jurisdiction of His Majesty the Litunga!” stated the Ngambela.

The BRE has since encouraged the withdrawal of these proposals for the preservation of peace and order in the land.

The Constitutional Amendment Bill 2019 was the outcome of a controversial National Dialogue Forum (NDF) which excluded many stakeholders such as the church mother bodies, the main opposition political party and traditional authorities such as the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) among others!

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    SONTA DONATION YOBE 2 weeks ago

    THIS COUNTRY WILL ONE DAY AS SEPARATE AS THE CRACKS ARE SLOWLY BECOMING REAL,I THANK THE LATE HARRY MWANGA NKUMBULA FOR MENDING THE FIRST CRACK IN 1972,BUT THE LATE PRESIDENT MICHEAL CHILUFYA SATA PIERCED THE WOUND BY PROMISING THE LOZI ROYAL ESTABLISHMENT OF THE RESTORATION OF THE SIGNED AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT AND HIS PATRIOTIC FRONT GOVERNMENT ONCE ELECTED INTO POWER.FOLLOWING THE HAPPENINGS NOW IT SEEMS ALL IS NOT WELL AS THE WORSE IS GOING TO HAPPEN.PLEASE LET PF NOT DIVIDE THIS COUNTRY.

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      Muntu Bulyo 2 weeks ago

      So who is to blame for the cracks in Zambia. In my humble opinion, it is those that wish to dominate and plunder the country’s resources and will not accept to be ruled by anybody from former North Western Rhodesia. Let us all remember that it is not wise to surrender sovereignty of a nation in the name of so called unity and peace.

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    Muntu Bulyo 2 weeks ago

    As long as Barotseland remains in so called Zambia, it will remain a threatened state and un peaceful.

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    Musumali Liyunga 2 weeks ago

    The Zambian Government has again showed it true colours and that it does not mean well for the people of former North Western Rhodesia. The world trend now in good governance and democratic behaviour is to consult people on all aspect. However in Zambia we seem to be doing the opposite by placing too much power in the Presidency an institution that has failed us since our so called independence. Lubinda and Inonge sure, how on earth could you be champion of such evil against your people.

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    Kamuti 2 weeks ago

    Kapusa, you should have just said that the BRE is not happy with one clause and not the whole document. Mind the way you report. You are still young with plenty of future in you. Don’t be biased in your reporting. Advise from your big brother, kamuti, Mwandi.

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      When the PF was in opposition it did not support constitutional amendments that the RB MMD had moved in Parliament in 2010. Now that they’re being given a test of their own medicine they want to complain.

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    Barotseland 2 weeks ago

    Barotseland is for the Litunga . Bana ba poho yensu.

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    Barotseland 2 weeks ago

    Barotseland is for the Litunga .Bana ba poho yensu.

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    abilima 2 weeks ago

    But President Sata did this for the rest of the country without this Article in place.