The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has officially announced April 21st, 2018 as the date for the Kuomboka Ceremony of the Lozi Speaking people of Western province.

BRE Prime Minister Nyambe Mwenda, also known as the Ngambela, made the announcement at a press briefing held at the Kuta in Limulunga District yesterday, explaining that the date had been permitted and blessed by the Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II.

Mwenda also cautioned Zambains against wearing party regalia at the ceremony, emphasising that anyone dressed in any political party outfits would not be allowed to attend the ceremony, regardless of the party they represent.

“The Barotse Royal Establishment has set 21st April, 2018 as the date for this year’s Kuomboka Ceremony of the Lozi Speaking people of the Western province of Zambia. This was after consultations with the Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II, who permitted and blessed the set date,” he said.

“The Barotse Royal Establishment would, however, like to explicitly state that no one should come to this ceremony dressed in the party regalia because this is not a political event. The traditional ceremony should not be used as a political arena for anyone. The only regalia that will be allowed is the red berets, commonly known as ‘Mashushu’ in Silozi.”

And Mwenda disclosed that Kuomboka was for everyone, thus no one is officially written to requesting for their attendance because all were welcome.

Meanwhile, Limulunga District Commissioner Litambo Ndombo told journalists in the district that works towards the mending of the Mongu-Limulunga road was progressing well in preparations for the ceremony.