Royal Establishment (BRE) has said it would soon
install a new chief Chiengele as per tradition.
Induna Katema, Moowa Zambwe, explained that the
tradition had its way of dealing with customs
and is not dictated to by Zambian courts.
higher court has ruled in favour of Josiah Litia
Nyumba’s appeal against his dethronement by the
Barotse Royal Establishment, and consequent
degazetting as a chief by the president of
Zambia on 29th May 2015.
‘‘When we read
the High Court judgment that ruled in favour of
Chief Chiengele, actually the courts of law did
not include us as traditional leaders, but it
targeted the State.
‘‘In this case
we are patiently waiting to hear the stance of
the Government through the office of the
Attorney General because we are not a party to
the lawsuit that resulted in the judgment that
cleared Chief Chiyengele,” he said in a
statement to Zambia’s Daily Nation tabloid.
said it was unfortunate that Chief Chiengele was
claiming that he represented the Mbunda speaking
people when Western Province (Barotseland)
chiefs represented all the people living under
their jurisdiction regardless of tribe, a
practice that has been enforced since time
saddening is that some chiefs want to divide
people by tribe, and if it were so then it means
most of the chiefs are not going to be in a
traditional hierarchy, but the case at hand is
that all the chiefs are the same and
representing all the people,” he said.
said Western Province accommodated all the
chiefs and that the issue of tribe in the area
was not a priority.
He appealed to
Government to investigate the operation of the
judiciary which was a backbone of democracy,
adding that issues that confront the judiciary
BRE is reported by some sources to have further
advised Mr. Josiah Nyumbu, together with his
friends and the Lusaka high court judge, to find
a place else where they could create a Mbunda
kingdom not in Barotseland, because as far as
Barotseland is concerned the BRE is the official
process through which all chiefs in Barotseland,
including chief Chiengele, were installed or
dethroned and not courts of law.
But the disputed
and recently constituted ‘Mbunda Royal
Establishment’ condemned the BRE and said they
must respect public institutions of high
standing such as courts of law which constitute
Establishment’ spokesperson, Kennedy Mubanga,
said it was not fair for the BRE to have called
for an ‘indaba’ to deliberate on a judgment in a
case of Chief Chiengele.
wish to once again call upon the Government to
urgently resolve the deadlock on the Barotseland
Agreement 1964 through the only legitimate and
democratic means of resolving disputes,” he
In a twist of
events, however, the Cheke-Cha Mbunda Cultural
and Writers Association have disowned the ‘Mbunda
Royal Establishment’ arguing that it is not
possible to have two royal establishments in one
their chairman, Ndandula Libingi, the
association has argued that the reason that the
Mbundas had their own monarchy in Angola was
evident enough, and therefore, it would be
impossible to have two kingdoms in the same
area, thus, it would not be proper to have both
the Barotse and Mbunda Royal Establishments in
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
consulted and are, therefore, not involved.
Further, Mbundas have no such spokesperson
(Kennedy Mubanga), because Mbunda people in
Barotseland have seven Mbunda chiefs with their
separate chiefdoms and none is more senior over
the other,” he said in a statement posted on
social media network, BBN.
Mr Libingi said
as much as all the chiefs should be supported,
it was also important to follow traditional
He said the
association objective was to revive, promote and
protect the cultural heritage and traditions of
the Mbunda speaking people.
The High Court
ruled and reinstated Josiah Litia Nyumbu as
Chief Chiengele of the people of Nañoko area (Mongu)
last month after he was dethroned by the Barotse
Royal Establishment in 2014 and consequently
degazetted as chief by Zambian president Edgar
Lungu for alleged insubordination in May 2015.