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Not to be confused with Litungu.

The Litunga of Barotseland (now in Zambia) is the king or paramount chief of the Lozi people. The Litunga resides near the Zambezi River and the town of Mongu, at Lealui on the floodplain in the dry season, and on higher ground at Limulunga on the edge of the floodplain in the wet season. The Litunga moves between these locations in what is known as the Kuomboka ceremony.

The current Litunga is Lubosi II.

List of Litungas[edit]

Rulers (title Mbumu wa Litunga)[edit]

Makololo chiefs (title Morêna)[edit]

  • Sebetwane (1838 - 1851)
  • Mamochisane (female) (1851) – Daughter of Sebetwane
  • Sekeletu (1851 - 1863) – Son of Sebetwane and Setlutlu
  • Mambili (1863)
  • Liswaniso (in rebellion) (1863)
  • Mbololo (1863 - 1864) – Brother of Sebetwane

Rulers (title Mbumu wa Litunga)[edit]

  • Sipopa Lutangu (1864 - 1876)[2]
  • Mowa Mamili – Regent (1876)
  • Mwanawina II (1876 - 1878)
  • Lubosi I (1st time) (1878 - 1884)
  • Akufuna Tatila (1884 - 1885)
  • Sikufele (in rebellion) (1885)
  • Lubosi I (Lewanika I) (2nd time) (1885 - 1916)
  • Mokamba - Regent (1916)
  • Yeta III (1916 - 1945)
  • Shemakone Kalonga Wina -Regent (1st time) (1945 - 1946)
  • Imwiko Lewanika (1946 - 1948)
  • Shemakone Kalonga Wina -Regent (2nd time) (1948)
  • Mwanawina III (1948 - 1968)
  • Hastings Ndangwa Noyoo -Regent (1968)
  • Godwin Mbikusita Lewanika II (1968 - 1977)
  • Ilute Yeta IV (1977 - 2000)
  • Lubosi II Imwiko (2000–Present)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Egerton Sykes, Alan Kendall (2001). Who's who in non-classical mythology. Routledge. p. 144. ISBN 9780415260404. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  2. ^ Family tree of Litungas

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272 news items

Lusaka Times

Lusaka Times
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 20:38:20 -0800

Speaking when RDA officials led by Board Chaiperson Samuel Mukupa called on him at his palace in Limulunga yesterday, the Litunga said the Agency should ensure that works on roads such as the Katunda –Lukulu road are worked on in order to ensure ...

Times of Zambia

Times of Zambia
Mon, 19 Oct 2015 10:26:02 -0700

THE Lusaka High Court has ordered the Litunga of the Barotseland to be joined to a matter where Chief Chiyengele of the Mbunda speaking people of Western Province has obtained an injunction restraining the Litunga's Royal Establishment from interfering ...

Mail & Guardian Africa

Mail & Guardian Africa
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 23:29:47 -0800

Barotseland, the kingdom of the Lozi people ruled by the Litunga (king or paramount chief), was a protectorate under British colonial rule and became part of Zambia at the country's independence in 1964. In 2012, a group of traditional Lozi leaders ...


Sun, 22 Nov 2015 03:15:00 -0800

This happened yesterday in Mongu when UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema was in the area to pay homage to Litunga Limboela in Moyo. The irate cadres stormed Mrs Wina's place demanding to see her sister but found that she was not at home at the time.
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 18:30:00 -0700

The Litunga is currently 'exiled' to Lusaka where he is living under 24 hour police protection after he entered into a pact with president Edgar Lungu to stop his people's demands for the restoration of the Barotseland 1964. The Litunga' son has ...


Sun, 16 Mar 2014 05:33:45 -0700

Government says it will ensure that the late Litunga's wife Queen Moyo Imwambo is given a befitting send off on Monday. Western province Minister, Josephine Limata says Queen Moyo Imwambo's body will arrive in Mongu from Lusaka at 14:30 hours aboard ...
Zambia Reports
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:18:46 -0700

There are currently running battles in Mongu between supporters of the United Party for National Development (UPND) and more than 300 Police Officers after State House directed that UPND President Hakainde Hichilema who is in Western Province should ...

Lusaka Times

Lusaka Times
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 04:41:20 -0700

First Lady Esther Lungu welcomed on arrival in Limulungu District where she paid a courtesy call on the Litunga at Limulunga Palace on August 12,2015. The First Lady is in Western Province on the outreach Programme for People with Special needs ...

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