Among the matters that have frustrated the King of Barotseland, sources have said, is the Zambian government’s apparent continued support of some dethroned Chiefs, such as Josiah Nyumbu Mubukwanu who the Litunga fired as Mweene Cheengele for gross indiscipline and land mismanagement who President Lungu has kept on government payroll.
It is claimed that Josiah Nyumbu is now using this government funding to mount a sustained rebellion against the Litunga and the Royal Establishment!
The other contention is ‘the issue of late Mweene Kahale’ who was denied burial in Kaoma due to Zambian government interference, who, for some unexplained reasons, decided not to accord him a burial befitting his chiefly status in spite of the late chief having been duly recognized by the Litunga as Mweene Kahale!
Still in Kaoma, the Zambian government has decided to recognise Webster Mulubisha as Mweene Mutondo, without him going through the cultural succession procedure undertaken by the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) and the King of Barotseland as the Principal governing authority in Western Province of Zambia!
“The visit of not only the Vice President but also the Presdent of Zambia to unrecognized Mweene Mutondo is unfortunately a clear sign of strained relationship between Lusaka and Limulunga” lamented a source, revealing further that Lubosi Imwiko II has finally opted to stand with his subjects to totally separate from Zambia because the government in Lusaka is now undermining his kingly authority.
Reportedly, Zambia’s Vice President, Mrs Inonge Mutukwa Wina, a member of the Barotse Royal Family herself, was assigned ahead of the President’s visit to try and calm the King down but allegedly failed, according to some other sources quoted by the Zambian Watchdog.
Accordingly, President Lungu’s two visits on Saturday, did not yield much either!
“Lungu was here in the morning for two hours but failed (to persuade the King). This evening, between 17:20hrs to 20hrs, another meeting was on but yielded nothing’, said the source claiming further that Lubosi Imwiko II was receiving some international pressure over the Barotseland impasse.