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 people.
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 traditional norms.
“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 tribes.
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 speaking people.
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.