16 November 2012

Zambia: Mbundas, Nkoyas Hail Ngambela Resignation

THE Mbunda and Nkoya tribes of Western Province have welcomed the resignation of Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) Ngambela Clement Wainyae Sinyinda, saying he was an impediment to the process of dialogue with Government over the Barotseland Agreement.

But the Groups Liaison Committee (GLC) of the Barotse National Activists comprising the Barotse Freedom Movement (BFM) Barotse National Youth League (BNYL) Linyungandambo and Movement for the Restoration of the Barotseland (MOREBA) described the Ngambela's resignation as a "blow".

Mr Sinyinda resigned his position citing lack of protection from the office of the Litunga.

In his resignation letter dated November 10, this year, Mr Sinyinda accused the Litunga, the paramount chief of the Lozi, of neither sufficiently protecting his office nor according it the authority it deserved.

Chief Chiyengele of the Mbunda said the Ngambela was the source of problems surrounding the Barotseland Agreement especially his strong stance to agitate for the secession of Western Province.

"We the Mbundas feel that his resignation is an issue that cannot go without commenting on. The Ngambela was someone very oppressive to other native tribes of Western Province and it is good that he has resigned," Chief Chiyengele said in an interview yesterday.

In a separate interview, the Nkoya Cultural Association also expressed similar views over the Ngambela's resignation.

Association chairperson, Lytone Kaushuku said the resignation had been long overdue and blamed him for the confusion surrounding the Barotseland Agreement.

"This decision has been long overdue, because he should have left a long time ago. If we look at the confusion and the fracas surrounding this issue, he (Ngambela) is the one responsible because of his line of thinking in calling for secession," Mr Kaushuku said. But the GLC said in a statement: "The resignation as a devastating blow below the belt to the Barotse cause of which we are aware that Ngambela Sinyinda was genuinely passionate about."

The GLC said Mr Sinyinda's resignation was, however, a minor setback and that they were consoled that he would remain Ngambela until he handed over the instruments of power.

"We can hope that the conditions that led to his declaration of intent to step down can be seriously addressed so that tranquillity can return to this Kingdom and that we can forge ahead with the struggle,"the GLC said.

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