News Editor, Barotseland Post
Zambia’s founding president, Kenneth Kaunda, has died at 97 from an undisclosed short illness at the impoverished country’s premier military hospital.
In Barotseland, however, his death has been received with mixed feelings as the contested territory remembers nothing but Kaunda’s treachery and downright oppression and forced assimilation.
While the rest of the world joins Zambia in mourning her founding president and a man considered to have helped many other nations of southern Africa attain political independence from colonialists, Barotseland would rather not join those hailing the man as a liberator because to Barotseland, he is nothing but a traitor, an oppressor and usurper of the once proud and autonomous Kingdom.
Mrs Emetrude Situmbeko Mwanangombe, incarcerated Barotseland campaigner Afumba Mombotwa’s wife, who died at the hands of Mukobeko Prison Serial Killers in Kabwe, central Zambia, has been put to rest in her homeland of Barotseland.
She met her cruel end when she went to visit her husband at Kabwe’s Mukobeko prison where he continues to serve a 15-year treason sentence for his peaceful campaign for Barotseland’s self-determination.
At the maximum prison, she was lured by the assailant who pretended to be a prison warder and called her on her personal mobile phone, supposedly to update her on the pending release of her husband from jail through a presidential pardon.
Unbeknownst to Mrs Mombotwa, James Chiteta, the supposed Prison Officer, was nothing but a cold-blooded killer inmate who had been luring female relatives of fellow inmates in the same elaborate criminal scheme and would go on to rape and murder his unsuspecting victims including her.
Barotseland campaigner and political prisoner Afumba Mombotwa has objected to the idea of burying his late wife, Emetrude Situmbeko Mwanangombe, in Kabwe, the place of her gruesome murder, as he wants her to go and rest in her homeland.
Objecting to the Zambian state’s directive that she be buried in Kabwe due to the decomposed state of her remains, Mr Afumba insisted that his wife will not rest in the place of her horrific murder.
And many Barotzis and family members have also vehemently refused to have Mrs Mombotwa buried in what they regard as a foreign land, regardless of the decomposed state of her remains. Mrs Mombotwa was murdered by the infamous Mukobeko Prison serial killer when she had gone to visit her husband at the maximum correctional facility.
Accordingly, her burial has now been slated for Wednesday, the 2nd of June 2021, in Limulunga, Barotseland.
Her remains have since arrived in Mongu in the early hours of today.
Emetrude Situmbeko Mwanangombe (51), the wife to Barotseland campaigner and political prisoner, Afumba Mombotwa, has been confirmed to be among the ten victims so far discovered in a spate of murders carried out by two serial killers impersonating prison officers to lure mostly female relatives of known inmates to their horrendous death.
Mrs Mombotwa, who had left her home in Barotseland to central Zambia on April 2nd, 2021 to visit her husband at Kabwe’s Mukobeko prison, was never to be seen or heard from until news of women disappearing after they had visited their loved ones at the correctional facility surfaced in the media this past week.
And those who were last with her have disclosed that Mrs Mombotwa had informed them that she had received a phone call from a man who had introduced himself as a Prison Warder at Kabwe’s Mukobeko prison and that she was required to go back to Kabwe where they were to discuss her husband’s pending release from jail on Parole.
However, news emerged last week that two inmates, who had escaped from the correctional facility, had gone on a rampage killing women, after they had raped them, before burying them in shallow graves around the prison.
Barotseland campaigner’s wife, Emetrude Situmbeko Mwanangombe, has not been seen and her whereabouts are still unknown since her last trip to Mukobeko State Prison to visit her husband in early April of 2021 where Afumba Mombotwa (61) continues to serve a 15-year maximum sentence for his peaceful campaign for Barotseland’s self-determination which the Zambian state has deemed treasonous.
The news of her disappearance has come in the wake of Zambian media reports of serial murders around the penitentiary stating that two escaped inmates pretending to be prison officials had been luring particularly female relatives of some serving prisoners to the correctional facility only to rape them, murder them and bury them in shallow graves in the vicinity of the prison grounds.
Zambian media reports have stated that all these murders have taken place in the last two or three months coinciding with the disappearance of Mrs Mombotwa making some Barotse nationals fear she too may have fallen victim to the horrendous serial killers.
The Zambian High Court has ruled to dismiss Nabiwa Imikendu and others in their litigation against the Litunga of Barotseland with costs.
A full High Court bench of judges comprising Judges G.C Chawatama, Charles Zulu and W.G.K Muma on Wednesday, 30th December 2020 unanimously ruled in favour of the defendant, His Majesty Imwiko II, with costs awarded.
The plaintiffs namely Nabiwa Imikendu, Litia Charles Mutemwa, Mukubesa Ilukena and Mumbisho Liswaniso will have to pay all costs of the litigation including those incurred by the Defendant.
This is in a case where on February 3, 2017, the Plaintiffs took out an originating notice of motion in the High Court at the District Registry at Mongu.
And in their affidavit in support of the originating notice of motion, the Plaintiffs, who described themselves as Zambian Nationals and traditional loyalists with vested interests aimed at ensuring that Lozi tradition and custom is upheld, promoted and sustained for the cultural heritage, wanted the court to order that the defendant, Edwin Lubosi Imwiko, who they sued in his capacity as Litunga of the Western Province of Zambia, abdicates for what they termed as gross incompetence and abuse of authority.