15 November 2012

Zambia: Ngambela Sinyinda Quits

OUTSPOKEN Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) Ngambela, Clement Wainyae Sinyinda, has resigned his position citing lack of protection from the office of the Litunga, among other reasons.

In his resignation letter dated November 10, 2012 and obtained by the Times, Mr Sinyinda said the Litunga, the paramount chief of the Lozi, neither sufficiently protected his office nor accorded it the authority that it deserved.

"In my own humble understanding, Your Majesty, the Ngambela's office is higher than that of the Indunas and Likombwas who, under normal circumstances, ought to recognise the authority and direction of the sitting Sope (Prime Minister)," he said in the letter addressed to the Litunga.

The Ngambela wondered why such authority was being flouted with the knowledge of the Litunga who he said showed little sign to protect him.

Mr Sinyinda says he is concerned with the Litunga's marginalisation of the office of the Ngambela in a number of strategic issues that concerned the BRE.

"When the Vice-President Guy Scott, through the Provincial Administration, communicated to the Kuta that he wishes to pay a courtesy call on Your Majesty and after I was summoned to come back even before the Mutwaleti saga was finally resolved, I genuinely believed that the Kuta saw value in my presence for this special visit," he said.

He said a statement was even prepared for delivery to Government but when the vice-president changed his mind about coming, the Litunga decided to keep him (Ngambela) in the dark.

"After reflecting deeply on the issues above, I would like to inform His Majesty that my family and I have reached a decision that I step aside."

Mr Sinyinda, who was Education Deputy Minister in the MMD regime, was installed as BRE prime minister on January 31, this year at a ceremony held at the Lealui Royal Village.

He has in the past one year been in the forefront spearheading Barotseland reforms and the most recent being the incident in which he appealed to the people in the region to reject the constitution-making process.

In June this year, he told the United Nations (UN) that only an amicable and peaceful resolution of the Barotse question could resolve the many challenges facing Barotseland today.

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