The Litunga of Barotseland Lubosi Imwiko ii has been dragged to court by Lozi traditionalists for abrogating culture and traditions of the Barotse people.
Information received by the Zambian Watchdog in Mongu indicates that Lubosi Imwiko ii has been sued in the Mongu High Court in his capacity as the Litunga by Nabiwa Imikendu, the 1st respondent and Litia Charles Mutemwa, Mukubesa Ilukena and Mumbisho Liswaniso as 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents respectively.
It is the first time in the history of the Barotse throne that a seating Litunga has been sued by his subjects.
Imikendu is the traditionalist who carries out the rituals of enthroning a Litunga and is also key in dethroning one.
From the time Lubosi was put on the Barotse throne with the help of then Zambian President Frederick Chiluba through the entelligence system, he has been entangled in many scandals and deals seen by many of his subjects and traditionalists as bringing into disrepute the image and reputation of the Barotse people and governance system.
Currently the Litunga has betrayed his subjects by attempting to frustrate their fight for self determination which was voted by the Barotse National Council with his approval but has become a stumbling block after he was bribed by the Zambian government.
During last year’s general elections, the Litunga reduced himself to a campaign manager for the PF candidate Edgar Lungu but his people rejected Lungu across the entire Barotseland.
Following the Litunga’s move to go against the resolutions of the Barotse National Council, he has lost support not only among his subjects but even within the royal family and District Chiefs.
Currently the Litunga is involved in secret deals to sell mineral rich land in Sikongo district to former President Rupiah Banda, the man he connived with to kill his subjects in 2011.
And some residents of Mongu have welcomed the attempts to dethrone the Litunga on grounds that he has been violating their customs from the time he became Litunga.
‘He has turned Barotseland into a personal business venture and he is joining hands with criminals against his own people,’ said one Mongu resident.