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Breaking News - 31st March 2016

MBUNDA ACTIVISTS WRITE TO LUNGU OVER 'INTIMIDATION'

By: Daily Nation Reporter on 31 March 2016.

 

THE Mbunda Royal Establishment has written to President Edgar Lungu asking him to remove civil servants alleged to have been abusing their authority in Western Province.

 

Mbunda Royal Establishment (MRE) spokesperson Kennedy Liale claimed in the letter that the civil servants were intimidating and threatening their chiefs with arrests.

 

He claims Article 165 of the amended Constitution provides that the Government or any other person or authority has no role to play in matters of tradition except the respective traditional institutions.

 

Recently, the representatives of the Mbunda people in Western Province held an indaba at Chief Chiengele’s palace to iron out various matters affecting the Mbundas in the region.

 

But Western provincial chiefs and traditional affairs office says that the chiefs in the region do not represent any tribal group but the people residing in a given chiefdom, a remark which has annoyed the Mbundas who accused the Barotse Royal Establishment of having control over the civil servants who were allegedly biased towards other tribes.

 

Mr Mubanga accused the BRE of having sponsored a group of people to rise against the Mbundas, saying the police officers were not fair and breached the provision of the Constitution.

 

“I may wish to remind your Excellency that this is an election year in which we expect a crucial election and therefore it is not wise to keep around public officers who deliberately antagonize the electorate in a critical election such as this one,” Mr Mubanga said.

 

But the Cheke Cha Mbunda Cultural and Writers’ Association, that revived and protects the cultural heritage and tradition of the Mbunda people in Zambia, said claims by the Mbunda Royal Establishment have no consensus among the Mbunda people, therefore they did not represent all the Mbunda people since not all Mbunda chiefs were members of the so-called MRE.

 

Association chairman Ndandula Libingi said Mbunda chiefs were received by King Mulambwa of Barotseland when they arrived from Angola and given land on which to settle as well as their areas of jurisdiction.

 

Mr Libingi said the so-called Mbunda Royal Establishment must not blame anyone for the present status quo of Mbunda chiefs in Western Province because the authority to install a Mbunda chief still rests with the Litunga as the custodian of the land.

 

“The position of Cheke Cha Mbunda as custodians of the researched Mbunda history is that as we have repeatedly explained, the so claimed Mbunda Royal Establishment has no consensus among the Mbunda people and therefore it does not represent all the Mbunda people since not all Mbunda chiefs are involved. Mr Libingi said the current status quo was that there was no Mbunda chief in Western Province with the authority to install the other, adding that not even King Mbandu of the Mbunda people in Angola had the authority to install Mbunda chiefs in Zambia.

 

We have edited out captions like; 'where they were persecuted by the Portuguese colonialists' and that 'not even King Mbandu of the Mbunda people in Angola had the authority over Mbunda chiefs in Zambia'. Daily Nation have been made aware to retract these misquoting. Watch this page.

 


MBUNDAS WON'T VOTE FOR PF - MUBANGA

By: Fredrick Misebezi - Post Newspaper Reporter, dated 02.04.2016

 

The Mbunda Royal Establishment says its people will not vote for the Patriotic Front because they feel excluded from the governance process under the current regime.

And the establishment has petitioned President Edgar Lungu to remove Western Province deputy commissioner of police Micheal Nkaka from the region for intimidating and threatening their chiefs with arrests.

In a statement issued by the Mbunda Royal Establishment secretary general Kennedy Mubanga, the council reiterated that the Mbunda population in Western Province will support their own candidates in this year's elections.

"The indaba recognised that the Mbunda population was totally excluded from the governance process, especially under the Patriotic Front administration.

Therefore the indaba called upon the entire Mbunda population in Western Province to support their own candidates in August 11, 2016 general elections as the only avenue to participate in Zambia's governance and political processes," Mubanga stated.

And Mubanga stated that his council was petitioning the removal of Nkaka for intimidating and threatening their chiefs with arrests contrary to Article 165 of the amended Constitution which bars government from interfering in matters of tradition.

The petition comes after the indaba held recently at chief Chiyengele' Mushuwa Royal Palace in Limulunga district of Mongu to deliberate on various matters affecting the province.

"At a meeting attended by Bunonge Kanyama as Mwene Mundu and chief Namulibwa of Kalabo, members of the Mbunda Royal Establishment and village headmen from Lyumba in Kalabo and chaired by the Western Province deputy commissioner of police Nkaka were amazed that Mr Nkaka had the courage to intimidate and threaten our chiefs with arrests bearing in mind that the amended Constitution Article 165 provides government or any other person or authority no role to play in matters of tradition except the respective traditional institutions," stated Mubanga.

"The indaba took a swipe at Mr Nkaka for abusing his authority to intimidate and threaten chief Namulimbwa and chief Mwene Mundu with arrests should the installation of Bunonge Kanyama as His Royal Highness chief Mwene Mundu of the Mbunda-speaking people of Kalabo district go ahead. Therefore, the royal council petitions President Lungu to remove Mr Nkaka from Western Province for abusing his authority contrary to Article 165 of the amended Constitution if Mr Lungu should expect any electoral support from the Mbunda population.

 

 

OUR COMMENTS AS SUBMITTED TO THE DAILY NATION NEWSPAPER REPORTER FOLLOWING A PRESS QUERY AND ANALYSIS ON BOTH 'ONE AND THE SAME' ARTICLES ABOVE


"The position of Cheke Cha Mbunda as custodians of the researched Mbunda history is that, 'as we have repeatedly explained, the so claimed Mbunda Royal Establishment has no consensus among the Mbunda people and therefore it does not represent all the Mbunda people since not all Mbunda chiefs are involved. Cheke recognises Mbunda chiefs in Western Province as received so and given settlement lands in Barotseland as areas of there jurisdiction by King Mulambwa and subsequent Kings. Therefore Mbunda chiefs have never been diluted as other tribal chiefs. However, the authority to enthrone a Mbunda chief still lay with the Litunga as the custodian of the land. Currently there is no Mbunda chief in Western Province with authority to enthrone the other, not even King Mbandu of the Mbunda people in Angola has that authority over Mbunda chiefs in Zambia until negotiated for in future".

 

All this follows the confusion in Lyumba, Kalabo currently, the chiefdom of Chief (Mwene) Mundu.

Cheke is aware that Prince Kaunda Mundu son of the late Chief (Mwene) Mundu Likithi deceivingly made a short cut by avoiding Libonda Kuta (traditional court) as per Lozi custom in Kalabo and presented himself to Limulunga Kuta as Chief Mundu chosen successor without under going the Mbunda traditional installation customs by Mbunda traditionalists at home and the Kalabo Lozi traditional custom of being recommended by the Libonda Kuta thereafter. As a consequence he was ceremonially installed by the Litunga against the Mbunda tradition of a nephew or grand child succeeding.

On the other hand, the other candidate Vunonge Kanyama is the rightful successor as a grand child and under went Mbunda traditional installation customs and on that basis was approved by Libonda Kuta for recommendation to be ceremonially installed by the Litunga as per the obtaining Western Province procedure.

Cheke Cha Mbunda equally approves candidate Vunonge Kanyama as such, and therefore negotiations to reverse the anomaly of ceremonial installation of Kaunda by the Litunga were recommended than aggravating the situation by diverting to a wrong installation procedure unilaterally.

So, yes according to Limulunga Kuta there is Chief (Mwene) Mundu Kaunda in Lyumba but Mbunda traditionalists and Cheke call for the reversal of that wrong installation of Kaunda and instead install Vunonge Kanyama as a rightful successor according to Mbunda tradition.

 

However, anarchists do not believe in dialogue! But abuse, violence, discrimination, selfishness, tribalism, character assassination, name calling and excuses.'

 

Cheke Cha Mbunda Cultural and Writers Association as the custodian the researched Mbunda history believes that Mbundas should not remain subordinate to the Litunga and should be able to decide what is good for themselves. It is also true that the world is dynamic and so should be the Mbunda transition in modern Zambia. Yes, Mbunda people like any other tribe that migrated into Zambia before independence should have the right to self determination in terms of culture and including leadership. However, it should also be noted that some tribes settled later than Mbundas but they did not settle in anyone's established territory. Additionally, at the time of settlements there were tribal wars of land conquest to settle like Mbundas did in the now Angola and that is how most tribes attained their autonomy.

That aside, Cheke believes in Mbundas' autonomy in their own affairs, that is why most of these issues were brought to light which some of our colleagues are trying to champion and we continue to bring then in public media, though some might view it as washing linen in public, so that Mbundas in the diaspora can participate and debate on them. It is also worth noting that there should be order in dealing with these matters.

Cheke is opposed to a few people building up structures without consensus and declare representation of all Mbundas, starting to usurp powers on laid down procedures. That is anarchy and does not promote peace and good neighborliness. Two wrongs does not make a right and therefore custodians of the laws would not be expected to watch with folded arms.

Cheke believes in dialogue with the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) and a breaking ground had been made by way of our presentation at the last BNC where we were the only ones to oppose secession and the Mbunda case was presented for the first time to BRE and the Government in the Dr. Rodger Chongwe Commission submission, whose progress was disturbed in 2012 by those that are trying to champion it now. These are the views we share with most Mbunda chiefs in Zambia and His Majesty King Mbandu in Angola during our consultations.

What we stated at BNC are glaring historical facts of truth which should be built on. Mbundas are welcome to continue debating these issues but the truth is that anarchy is not representative of every Mbunda.

It is a fact that Cheke researched the Mbunda history and was collective of the reptesentatives of the Mbunda people including chiefs and therefore it qualifies that Cheke is a mouth piece of all Mbundas in this regard.


 

 

 

 

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