Edgar Lungu will not attend this year’s Kuomboka ceremony of the Lozi people of Barotseland and this has forced the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) to invite Paramount Chief Gawa Undi of the Chewa people of Eastern Province in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
Lungu suffered humiliation at last year’s Kuomboka ceremony as local people did not want to listen to him and walked out before he could read his speech forcing him to abandon the speech and tell the people that he was not there to read any speech but just to attend the ceremony.
After the Kuomboka embarrassment Lungu said through his Minister of Tourism Charles Banda he would no longer attend traditional ceremonies because they were too ‘numerous’ for him to attend all.
Lungu missed this year’s Ncwala ceremony of the Ngoni people of Eastern Province and decided to attend a fundraising march for the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) in Lusaka on the day the ceremony was taking place.
Following Lungu’s ‘refusal’ to be guest of honour, the BRE conveniently claimed that they have opted to invite a traditional leader as opposed to the usual politicians as a way of avoiding politicising of the ceremony.
Ngambela of Barotseland, Nyambe Mwenda announced today when Western Province Minister Richard Kapita and his Permanent Secretary Sibanze Simuchoba paid a courtesy call at Saa Kuta in Limulunga Royal Village.
The Ngambela added that the establishment is non-partisan and did not want to mix tradition with politics.