A brand new vehicle given to His Majesty,
Mbandu III by the Angolan
Government for his personal use, found parked in the
year the ceremony took place on the second weekend of August
2010, 12th to 14th
August 2010 to be precise. It was attended by the
Administrator for Lumbala Nguimbo and
Angolan Government officials, the Zambian Consul and the
First Secretary of Luena in
a delegation from
which included Mwene Katwiya, Senior Chief (Mwa) Kanyenge
Luena of the Chokwe (tribal cousins of the Mbundas),
Mbunda Chiefs in
leader. Others in attendance was a delegation from
which included the National
Chairman for Cheke Cha Mbunda Cultural & Writers
Association and Prince Kalyangu of Kaoma, who kept and
helped educate the now
Mbandu III in Zambia.
Zambian Consul and 1st Secretary paying a Zambian
Delegation paying a courtesy
courtesy call on His Majesty,
Mbandu III call on His Majesty, King Mbandu III at
Yambayamba Palace. the Yambayamba Palace on arrival.
Animals being slaughtered for the occasion.
Thursday morning 12th August 2010,
started with the Makithi artifacts raising from
the graveside, followed by a masquerade in the city.
13th August 2010,
were full of traditional dances day and night.
August 2010, dignitaries and invited guest eagerly waiting for His
Mbandu III arrival in the main arena.
Finally His Majesty,
Mbandu III enters the main arena and everybody goes
on their knees to pay homage to their
.....while the invited dignitaries and the guest of
honour, Senior Chief (Mwa) Kanyenge rise
to their feet to recognize the
Mbandu III entry in the main arena.
Mbandu III finally joins the dignitaries, as seen with His
on the left, Administrator for Lumbala Guimbo on the
extreme left and the invited guest of
honour, Senior Chief (Mwa) Kanyenge of the Chokwe people
on the right. What is happening
in front is obviously giving respect to His Majesty,
King (Mwene) Mbandu III.
was followed by speeches from:
1). The National Chairman for Cheke Cha Mbunda
Cultural and Writers Association,
who called on the Mbunda Speaking People in Lumbala
Nguimbo and many parts of
unite and work with the Government in order to allow His
King (Mwene) Mbandu III
and the Governor of Moxico through the Administrator of
Lumbala Nguimbo to work together in harmony for the
development of their land which lacks in development because
of the war which ravaged the country for 30 years. Jehovah
God the Creator is Supreme, followed by the Government and
2) The Adminstrator for Lumbala Nguimbo, who
equally called for the need by the people to respect the
Government and its laws. he stressed that the Government
realized the missing link between the people and the
Government and so recognized the traditional leaders which
it continues to support. He agreed with the Chairman for
Cheke Cha Mbunda that God is Supreme under Him are Governments
and under Governments are Traditional Authorities. The
Government cannot turn its back on any traditional leader.
He thanked the Zambia Government through the Zambian consul
for accommodating and protecting many Angolans who fled into
because of the war. he further requested the Zambian
and the Zambian
delegation led by the National Chairman of Cheke Cha
Mbunda Cultural & Writers Association, to help disseminating
information to Zambians with Angolan origin that war is no
more, and that they should come back and help their mothers
land develop by using the education they have acquired in
3) His Majesty,
in a speech read by His representative described
"Lithathi Lya Miondo Ya Mbunda Ceremony" as day the
Mbunda Speaking People of Angola thank their Creator, the
Almighty God Jehovah for His blessings upon them in
providing good agricultural season leading to a good harvest
according to his On this day the Mbunda Speaking People
praise their Almighty God Jehovah by their traditional
dances such as; Kalukuta, Shombe, Chinjangila, Chisho, Nduko.
Mbunda Speaking People use this day to showcase their
traditional works such as;
smelting in production of tools, wood carvings, basketry and
different kinds of handcrafts.
Mbunda Speaking People value their culture and believe
that this is one channel of teaching their offspring to
respect the older generation and good manners such as modest
dressing. He warned especially the younger generation not to
neglect their culture because of what they watch on
television. Neglecting culture in is like selling yourself
in slavery. A nation without culture is like a house
without foundation or a tree without roots. He thanked the
Government through the
Province for the support they are giving to Him.
Speeches were followed inspection of display the Mbunda
Speaking Peoples' tools, musical
instruments and utensils which were displayed for invited
In the afternoon traditional dances continued, followed
by dancing and raveling throughout the night.