Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) Prime Minister (Ngambela), Clement Wainyae Sinyinda has resigned his position citing lack of protection from the office of the Litunga, among other reasons.
In his resignation letter dated November 10, 2012 addressed to the Litunga, Mr Sinyinda said the Litunga neither sufficiently protected his office nor accorded it the authority that it deserved.
He said he arrived at his decision after spending several weeks of introspection and extensive consultations with his family.
“In my own humble understanding, Your Majesty, the Ngambela’s office is higher than that of the Indunas and Likombwas who, under normal circumstances, ought to recognise the authority and direction of the sitting Sope (Prime Minister).
The Ngambela wondered why such authority was being flouted with the knowledge of the Litunga who he said showed little sign to protect him.
“When the Mutwaleti established that I possessed a gun that I was advised by security to keep on my person at the climax of the challenges that faced the Kingdom, he convened a meeting on both Kutas where, in a strange show of arrogance and disrespect to me as Ngambela, demanded to know who amongst us was moving around with a gun, a situation that he saw as a serious threat to the safety of the Litunga.
“Your Majesty, the real issue of concern for me was less the fact that he demanded to know the person that carries a gun but that he opted to use the opportunity to dramatise the issue in a manner that exhibited utter disrespect of my Office. It is inconceivable that a Sikombwa could have stage-managed such a disrespectful show of insolence,” he said.
Mr Sinyinda said the aim was to cause maximum embarrassment and the fact that his protest did not attract reprimand from the Litunga left him depressed.
“It is my prayer that nobody within the Establishment, including you, Your Majesty, felt that what Mutwaleti did was appropriate. My protestations over this issue remained a lone voice in the wilderness as nobody came to my aid. I strongly feel that that singular action seriously demeaned the office of the Ngambela.
“As part of the Coronation Anniversary activities, a team of people assisted the Office of the Ngambela by putting together a draft Speech. As is the tradition and in accordance with our royal etiquette, I sought the audience of Your Majesty so that you could clear the contents of what I was to say on behalf of the Kuta and, indeed, on behalf of His Majesty. I asked Mutwaleti to convey my wish, in my capacity as the Ngambela, to see you,” he said.
He was concerned with the Litunga’s marginalisation of the office of the Ngambela in a number of strategic issues that concerned the BRE, which could testify to the reality that the King’s trust in him had dwindled irreparably.
“When the Vice-President Guy Scott, through the Provincial Administration, communicated to the Kuta that he wishes to pay a courtesy call on Your Majesty and after I was summoned to come back even before the Mutwaleti saga was finally resolved, I genuinely believed that the Kuta saw value in my presence for this special visit,” he said.
He said a statement was even prepared for delivery to Government but when the vice-president changed his mind about coming, the Litunga decided to keep him (Ngambela) in the dark.
“A team from the Provincial Administration, including the Provincial Minister, were allowed to get into the palace and discuss with Your Majesty minus me, much to the chagrin of the people that were there at Namoo who witnessed this – and, indeed, to my embarrassment. By by-passing me in information and/or decisions around an event of that importance, it is clear to me that the level of distrust is quite deep-rooted now.
“Your Majesty may wish to know, if you are not yet privy to this information, that a serious taboo was committed by those that allowed and ushered in the Provincial Minister into the Palace when a couple of days earlier, he attended the funeral/burial of the late Hon. Manjata,” he said.
He said the process that supported the visit by an “important emissary” of the President, in the person of Sikota Wina, further reconfirmed his strong belief that the Litunga had lost faith in him and as a result decided to step aside gracefully.
“After reflecting deeply on the issues above, I would like to inform His Majesty that my family and I have reached a decision that I step aside and avail His Majesty the opportunity to appoint another Ngambela who will be acceptable to both the Litunga and members of the Establishment, including Likombwa.
“Notwithstanding this decision, I would like to assure His Majesty of my fullest cooperation as the BRE and the people of Barotseland strive to find a lasting solution to the challenges currently facing the Kingdom. I remain your humble servant,” he said in his letter.
Mr Sinyinda, who was Education deputy minister in the MMD regime, was installed as BRE prime minister on January 31, this year at a colourful ceremony at the Lealui Royal Village.