The Litunga has been sued by his subjects; they want him to vacate the throne

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His Majesty the Litunga Lubosii Imwiko II (r) shares a light moment with Western Province Permanent Secretary Mwangala Liomba (c) during the 15th Anniversary of the Coronation of His Majesty the Litunga in Limulunga Royal Village of Limulunga District
His Majesty the Litunga Lubosii Imwiko II (r) shares a light moment with Western Province Permanent Secretary Mwangala Liomba (c) during the 15th Anniversary of the Coronation of His Majesty the Litunga in Limulunga Royal Village of Limulunga District

The Litunga of Western Province Edwin Lubosi Imwiko the second has been sued by his subjects. According to the originating notice of motion by the subjects issued through the Mongu High Court today, the traditional leader has been asked to relinquish his position as the reigning Litunga of Western Province lawfully in accordance to the law.

The traditional ruler has been sued for alleged gross incompetence and abuse of authority.

Speaking to Journalists soon after suing the Litunga at the High Court premises in Mongu, Induna Charles Mutemwa said 92 percent of the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) structures that includes Sub-Chiefs have disproved the Litunga’s leadership and have since called for his immediate resignation.

Induna Mutemwa challenges that among other things, the traditional leader has, since the Litunga’s inception into power on the 13th of October 2000, always been prioritizing his personal interests and pays little attention to the governance system of his Litungaship within which the Barotse Royal Establishment was anchored.

The current Litunga goes around many times doing his personal business at the expense of governing and caring the core-value of the Barotse governance system.

And Induna Nabiwa Imikendu who is also among the senior most Indunas in the BRE structure disclosed that advising the Litunga has proved futile saying doing so has been met with fierce resistance from the traditional leader.

He has described the Litunga Edwin Lubosi Imwiko the second as a stumbling block to the development of Western Province adding that since his enthronement he collects market revenues docking fees and sitting on traditional land without making any improvements to such strategic facilities.

Induna Nabiwa reiterated that failure by the King to observe the Lozi traditional, norms, decency and discipline has compromised the file of hierarchies of his subjects within the Barotseland structure.

The Indunas accused that the Litunga is highly hoarding the the traditional land ads well adding that it is only given to affluent land developers to put up structures even in in proximity of cemetery for money.

The notice of motion for the Litunga Lubosi Imwiko the second to resign has been filed in at the Mongu High Court by four Indunas namely; Nabiwa Imikendu, Litia Charles Mutemwa, Mukubesa Ilukena and Mumbisho Liswanio.

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    • Why would he want to hang on if his subject don’t want him ?

      Another example why Zambians are all backwards and mildly retarded.

      Thanks

      Bb2014,16

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    • Sounds like treason, imagine suing Ba Lungu?
      Anyway, Lozi’s you have disappointed us on so many issues. Your “King”, No Kuomboka can you imagine? the boat Nalikwanda may have even used as firewood.

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    • If I were president I could do away with chiefs and kings. Often times they are dictactors , this story is a confirmation.

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    • Seems time has come for our traditionalist to undergo elections every after 5 years. Why? Because they have become political, they are no longer behaving as traditional leaders.

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    • The sovereign can not appear in court and is only answerable to God ,not the people; the only institution that could force him to abdicate is the Barotse National Council and even that is just encouraging him to, not forcing him.

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    • I know people expect the Litunga to be a freedom fighter, but, just like those before him, he just goes with his subjects’ wishes. Like Litunga Mwanawina,who chose to join the union with Zambia at the bidding of his subjects, His Majesty, is too, demonstrating neutrality. Whatever is decided democratically, by Lozis, he will follow. he does not take part in politics.

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    • LITUNGA CAN NOT SUED IN HIS PERSONAL CAPACITY
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      Litunga can’t be used that’s what we call in African ” taboo”.
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      Nabiwa imikendu, Mukubesa Ilukena leading the case. On what the term it as obtageting the Lozi traditional customs and cultural.
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      Will start with mr nabiwa imikendu first.
      Nabiwa imikendu was the senior induna as Induna imbwae. His responsibility among them is to install a person as a King/Litunga.
      He actually installed the current Litunga Edwin Lubosi Imwiko II, on the 13th October 2000.
      His majesty the Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II fired mr nabiwa imikendu as Induna imbwae in early 2007.
      Infact it didn’t not go well with him mr nabiwa as he started attacking BRE and the Litunga himself on the personal level.
      In 2007 there was a by-election in Liuwa constituency he…

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    • There is oil in Kaoma and the land there has been dished out to Ala Bee and Vodiga Rungu under the pretext of “building” an oil pipeline coming from Angola. Villagers will be displaced sooner rather than later and there is nothing they can done to stop this apparently inevitable triumph of greed and power.

      This is just one of the many grievances for which the people want this arse licker removed. He forgets that is was under Ala Bee’s watch that innocent villagers in Mongu were shot in cold blood when they protested.

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  1. i don’t see these allegations to be admissible or is it the usual poor way of reporting by uncritical lusaka times

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    • Is Zambian high court has jurisdiction to handle Barotseland issues? Constitutional Court will be tested again.
      This gonna be a classic case.
      Is this why Ndobo not seen here these days?

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  2. Is there such a provision in their tradition where a sitting litunga is forced to resign? Someone to shade light on this one please!

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  3. Works of a group of good-for-nothing idlers. What role do subjects play in the enthronement of the Litunga? It’s not the duty of the Court to decide how and when the Litunga should vacate office. The action lacks merit, it stands dismissed with costs

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  4. I was of the view that the Litungaship is vested in the people of Bulozi and as @ Mungwala more light needs to be shed for us that were not raised in Bulozi. Is it not only God’s call that removes the one enthroned from the seat?

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    • Historical precedent shows the people have the last say. The rumbles have been there a while. There are online sites that can help you with the history or books if you prefer. Well worth the read. Maybe one day when we stop being so caught up in tribes we will be able to tell all our histories and admire the strengths as well as learn from the weaknesses. We have a lot of rich history hidden under the surface I hope we don’t lose. Happy reading pal.

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  5. This is one Litunga who has suffered the most abuse by his team advisers and people in recent years. All because he wants Western Province to develop as an integral part of the country as opposed to meaningless militancy. This is a man who has been wished dead by his adversaries, his own people – remember reporting of the defunct Watchdog on the Litunga? Under his reign, Western Province has received a very good share of the national cake, and will continue to do so even if dreamers do not want to support the government of the day but continue to be polarized with tribal inclinations. All the best Litunga Lubosi Imwiko – be focused on the development of Western Province. Posterity will judge King.

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  6. Mushota. A Zambian in the habit of insulting herself. Unless you tell me you are tell me you have an inferiority complex there is something mentally wrong with Mushota. As a Zambia herself she is insulting herself and the insult includes her father, mother and all related to her. Since they are Zambians they are all backward and retarded. Bushe abafyashi bakwe balabelenga ifintu alemba umwana wabo.

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    • Mushota suffers from chronic inferiority complex and excessive self hate, so my fellow country man ba Adage please show compassion. This lady is a patient that needs further treatment.

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    • And to make such “impeachment” enforceable, you need ruling that Indunas have such “power”.
      Or you prefer for Indunas to impeach Litunga based on “Customary Law” and the same be overturned by the Judiciary?

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    • Its not my preference. Its an interpretation. Unfortunately this can only be enforced customarily since we Africans prefer to insubordinate our values to those of the coloniser. We chose to make western laws dominant over ours. Has the customary law been well accommodated in our Western laws?

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  7. Lozis surprise me. They call ‘Zambia’ a foreign country YET they run crying to ‘Zambian Courts’ nga fyapena na Litunga wabo !

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    • Ask yourself why they did that instead of showing your superficiality? Or, as a “Good Zambian”, your inbred tribalism does not allow you to think rationally?

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  8. Wow, this is new territory. Is this doable? Sounds like voting by default. This could well set a precedent in future in ‘voting in or out’ heirs to the throne in traditional leaders and their hierarchy.
    What is also jaw-dropping is that former ‘Barotseland’ has been rumblings in the background for years and years like a volcano about to erupt, or so we thought, regarding breaking away from Zambia blah blah…. So, was it all a smoke screen?. Is it imploding now?

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  9. These are very serious allegations for the subjects to refer to the courts…Lozis are a learned people but the traditional leadership are highly compromised to the govt of the day behind doors. Surely can they Litunga be removed from his throne?

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  10. Why do you like talking about Barotseland when we are not studying history? Please refer this to Western Province or specifically to the land The Litunga is in charge of!

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  11. The last Litunga was a member of Unip Central Committee in charge of western province but nobody wanted him out for being used by politicians.

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  12. The only way o remove a Litungu is during Kuomboka, kauke kiku tibisa Nalikwanda fa buliba kuli cwale haiba Kaongolo ka Nyambe sicaba sakona sisa katokwa sita ka yowaniseza fa likamba. Haiba kuli sicaba sika shunguzi sibata kuka tulula sa kasiya kalinosi kuli kabu yowane bulena. It’s a good impeachment process but this Litunga does not do Kuomboka! The other way ki kuka kushulisa ngulu ni mwaati ona mone ipazuhezi maande ya ndata kona.

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  13. Ah ah ah ah cannot believe this ! Highest blasphemy. Amama neo ! Whats going on? The Lozi nation is a built in self sustaining autonomous Nation. How dare them go sue the Litunga in another country that has no jurisdiction over the King eeh? This is Treason. Indunas be grateful that you have a Modern Litunga modernising your nation. He loves living life, if you understand. Just follow his footsteps and be forever happy with the freebees that come with power. Ask King Mswati !

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  14. Many have asked if there’s a precedent in law. If there is perhaps, the Indunas perhaps can do it in Council, but who is the final authority over chiefs in the amended constitution?

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  15. Thank goodness Africa is removing itself from the ICC. This way anyone cannot apply for hearing at The Hague and its biased clowns.

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  16. Bemba Royals (Bashi Lubemba) have a way to appoint or remove their chiefs. One thug from state house (now dead) tried to interfere in Bembaland affairs, he was rebuffed and reprimanded. Traditional affairs should be handled in traditional courts, don’t they have such facilities in Barotseland?

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  17. The litunga has done nothing but supporting development under Pf government….but as usual, enemies to development are not happy. I really don’t understand y most lozis hate Pf wen the same Pf is busy developing western province..! Just wondering y these disgruntled indunas have taken the case to a Zambian court wen they say that they are not part of Zambia…! Just for your own information, the litunga can not be dethrone by a court..! U are fighting a losing battle. I strongly suspect Upnd invisible hand pushing….!

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  18. It’s so laughable that the King ? can be taken to court. Indunas have forgotten that they too are subjects who are just favoured to dine with the King. No matter what, they are fighting a losing battle. Kingship is by blood not by vote. If I can recall so well this man was picked all way from his farm in the copperbelt in the year 2000 when they were alot of indunas in western province. Being an induna doesn’t mean you belong to the royal family.leave the King alone to develop your area imwe

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  19. SURELY MY TRIBE COUSINES YOU DO NOT WANT DEVELOPMENT IN YOU AREA. LOOK AT MONGU UNDER PF AND MONGU UNDER MMD AND UNIP. LIVING LIKE BUSHMEN IS LONG GONE THAT IS WHY YOU HAVE A SHOPPING MALL NOW. VIVA LITUNGA VIVA KING WANGA.

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  20. Residents of Zambezi district in NWP should emulate and do the same to the ka thin and goatee white bearded stubborn chief on the east bank who treats his people like slaves.He is a threat to peace and stability.

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  21. I beg to oppose the idea that the litunga cannot be moved by his subjects or using law.of the land. Suppose he commits a case of murder or indeed comes in conflict with the law, would he be left free? Remember no one is indispensable, even Trump is not. Let the chief try to slap a bemba or eastenet and see how he will be dragged in Zambia court.

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  22. This the so called INDUNAS are fighting a losing battle, a KING or CHIEF, these people are chosen by GOD.
    USELESS

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