THERE will be anarchy in Western Province
should the Barotse Royal Establishment continues
to interfere in the affairs of other people’s
tribes, says Chief Chiengele of the Mbunda
Chief Chiengele said the BRE officials
must accept the outcome of the courts of law
and stop fanning chaos in the region because
they had their own agenda.
He reminded the BRE that there was a new
amended Constitution that saw the omission
of the Barotse Agreement of 1964, which he
said the Lozis were using the same to
oppress other tribes in the province.
Chief Chiengele maintained that it was
impossible to be under the Lozis because all
the tribes had their own culture and
“We cannot merge with the Lozis because
we are totally different and above all, our
custom is totally different, we have our own
chiefs in Angola,” he said.
Chef Chiengele said it was illogical for
the BRE officials to claim that all the
chiefs were same in Western Province when
they (BRE) had continued to undermine other
He was reacting to BRE who rejected him
as the chief for the Mbunda people,
following the court judgment
But Cheke-Cha Mbunda Cultural and Writers
Association chairman Ndandula Libingi argued
that the reason that the Mbundas had their
own chief in Angola was evident enough that
it was impossible to have two chiefdoms in
the same area, thus the Barotse and Mbunda
Royal Establishments respectively.
“The cardinal point is that as Chief
Chiengele is one of our traditional leaders,
we will continue supporting him in matters
of consensus, but however, we are still
opposed to non-consensus issues such as the
Mbunda Royal Establishment and its Mbunda
Royal Council in Zambia.
“That is so because all the other Mbunda
chiefs were not referred and are not
involved and therefore Mbundas have no
spokesperson, because Mbunda people in
Western Province have seven Mbunda chiefs
with their separate chiefdoms and none is
senior over the other,” he said.
Mr Libingi said as much as all the chiefs
should be supported, it was also important
to follow traditional guidelines.
He said the association objective was to
revive, promote and protect the cultural
heritage and traditions of the Mbunda
The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE)
rejected Josiah Litia Nyumbu as Chief
Chiengele of the Mbunda speaking people of
Western Province, claiming the tradition had
its way of dealing with customs and was not
dictated to by the courts.
The BRE explained that Western Province
had no chiefs for any tribes but that all
the chiefs represented all the people under
their jurisdiction regardless of tribe, and
that it was for that reason all the tribes
hailing in the region had an opportunity to
be part of traditional hierarchy.