Media Editor, Barotseland Post
SILIMBA, the Barotse xylophone, is one of Barotseland’s national symbols in music, the other being the MAOMA drums, although the latter is reserved for official functions.
The silimba, however, is a social instrument that can be heard playing in every county of Barotseland at any given time of day or night. Prince Kaluwe is here seen demonstrating his skill on the xylophone as he plays a manjabila tune, and then another piece of siomboka.
Thousands of villagers in Sikongo District of Western Province (Barotseland) may be displaced following a corrupt land deal involving Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II. The land in question is said to be containing oil and precious minerals. Sikondo village lies along the Angolan border.
A lot has been said and written about the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 (BA’64) but not a whole lot from those that actually participated in the negotiations leading up to the signing of the 1964 agreement, either because they are now long dead or conspicuously quiet, maybe for fear of ‘opening the can of worms’.
A surviving member of the 1963-65 Barotseland Government Cabinet and member of the Barotse National Council (BNC) elected Legislative Katengo (parliament) has warned the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) not to mortgage Barotseland with the Edgar Lungu – Lubosi Imwiko II arranged deals that seek to water down and completely ignore the March 2012 Barotse National Council resolutions for Barotseland self-determination.
THREE suspected poachers, including a Zambian police officer, have been arrested for alleged possession of 47 kilogrammes of elephant ivory worth over K500,000 (USD 51,000.00).
Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) officers in Kalabo and Mumbwa districts arrested the trio at Maseka Guest House around 07:00 hours on Thursday for alleged illegal possession of elephant ivory and a leopard skin worth over K10,000.00 (USD 1,000.00).
A Mungu based popular broadcaster and journalist, Liwena Mukeya, has bemoaned the state of ruin of significant historical spots in Barotseland.
He has asked probing questions why, for instance, famous French missionary Francis Coillard’s house should lie in the state of ruin that it currently is. His post to his own social media wall has sparked emotional reactions on both sides of the debate from Barotse of various societal standing.