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Peter Kuthan / AZFA
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« on: October 24 2011 »

Hi Michael Baird,

Thanks for the hint to join the fast growing facebook group "BaTonga People of Zambia". I don't know but I doubt that there is something similar on the Zim side yet. Anyway, I am forwarding this valuable suggestion to some of our friends and partners there cc.
I wish you good sales of your newly released CD
'The Kankobela of the Batonga Vol. 2'
best regards

On 10/21/2011 11:42 AM, Michael Baird wrote:
>> Hi Peter,
>> Thanks so much for putting this up on mulonga.net. Are you aware of the facebook group 'BaTonga People of Zambia'? It is growing fast as a forum, and has over 2 and a half thousand members now. Is there an equivalent for Batonga in Zim? I have stressed to one of the guys (in Livingstone) who set it up, that it is important that they get together with their fellow Batonga in Zim: one people, one culture.
>> With best wishes, Michael
>> visit http://www.swp-records.com for more info, secure online shopping and a sound sample from each album

Peter Kuthan / AZFA
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« Reply #1 on: October 24 2011 »

interesting news from 'BaTonga People of Zambia' facebook group

Darius Sibalwa    24. Oktober 17:31
Musokotwane subjects jeer at chief Mukuni
POST Zambia
By Henry Chibulu in Kazungula
Mon 24 Oct. 2011
MEMBERS of the Musokotwane Royal Establishment of Kazungula on
Saturday jeered at and insulted chief Mukuni as he attempted to
introduce Matthews Musokotwane as their new chief.
Chief Mukuni (right) and his entourage had to be sent back by armed
police officers deployed to quell any possible violence at the palace.
Chief Mukuni and former Livingstone district commissioner David
Siansundi, who is also a village headman, drove to Musokotwane palace
to introduce the new chief to the people.
Village headmen and subjects gave chief Mukuni and the new chief a
cold shoulder, jeering and hurling insults at him before armed state
security officers asked them to leave.
The members of the royal family ordered chief Mukuni to return to his
palace as his actions were illegal and in contravention of their
The irate senior members warned chief Mukuni to stop interfering in
the selection of a new chief.
Royal establishment spokesperson Robson Kagutwe said chief Mukuni
deserved the treatment because of using underhand methods to impose a
chief on the people of Musokotwane.
Kagutwe said angry members of the royal family and village headmen
opposed to Mathews Musokotwane as new chief also razed a structure
erected on instructions by chief Mukuni.
He wondered why chief Mukuni ignored a court injunction which was
granted to one of the candidates, restraining the new chief to take
over office until the matter was determined.
"This matter is still active in the court of law but we wonder where
chief Mukuni is getting the courage to disrespect the court decision.
How could he bring somebody who has been rejected by the royal
establishment, village headmen and their subjects? The new chief, who
was hand-picked has no blessings from the royal establishment because
he has never been a candidate," said Kagutwe.
He praised the armed police officers for exercising professionalism
during the disturbances.
But chief Mukuni's prime minister Jairos Kayama condemned the
behaviour of some members of the royal family as disrespectful of
chief Mukuni.
Kayama said chief Mukuni did not deserve the abusive language which
was used by some village headmen and members of the royal family.
He said the chief was forced to abandon the function at Musokotwane
palace because his life and that of the new chief were in danger
because of the violent behaviour.
Siansundi refused to comment on the matter.
The Musokotwane Royal Establishment has vowed not to recognise Mathews
Musokotwane as new chief because the royal establishment did not
choose him.

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