BAROTSE CHANGE: Reflecting on the Ten Elements that can make Silozi Culture great again – Part 2

BAROTSE CHANGE: Reflecting on the Ten Elements that can make Silozi Culture great again – Part 2

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By Lindunda Wamunyima, Barotseland Post / Featured News / Friday, 02 June 2017 04:22


A great culture starts with a vision or mission statement. These simple turns of phrases guide an organisation’s value ecosystems and provide it with purpose. In Barotseland case, that purpose, in turn, orients every decision citizens make. We must know that our national ethoses are deeply authentic and prominently proclaimed since 2012 BNC and therefore, our good vision statement should help orient every Barotzish national. A vision statement is a simple but foundational element of culture. With time, in Barotseland, these will be clearly displayed in offices and other publics accordingly. Here is a reminder once again of the very basis of our New Barotseland Great Culture:


a)    “We now inform Zambia and the international community that we finally accept the unilateral nullification and the abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 by the Zambian government, which action has freed Barotseland from being part of Zambia.

b)    In line with the postliminium doctrine we can no longer be obliged to honour an International Agreement that the other party has nullified and abrogated, which has reverted us to our original status”.

c)    We the people of Barotseland declare that BAROTSELAND IS NOW FREE, to pursue its own self-determination and destiny..[Emphasis supplied]

d)    We are committed to a peaceful disengagement with Zambian government in the same manner that we attempted integration as a state with Zambia.”


Here below are some selected five (3) clauses from a list of twelve (12) in the Position Statement:

CLAUSE 6. The people of Barotseland shall exercise their right to revert Barotseland to its original status as a sovereign nation, so that the PEOPLE OF BAROTSELAND SHALL DETERMINE THEIR POLITICAL, CULTURAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.[Emphasis supplied]

CLAUSE 9. We mandate the Barotse Government to immediately  engage the Zambian government with the sole purpose of working out transitional arrangements towards self-determination for Barotseland within the shortest possible under the auspices of the United Nations.

CLAUSE 10. The Barotse Government should embark on reforms to modernize its functions and enhance accountability and transparency.


In today’s business world a country and company’s values are the core of its culture. While a vision articulates a company’s ultimate purpose, values offer a set of guidelines on the behaviours and mindsets needed to achieve the vision on daily basis. Values refer to those permanent beliefs or ideals which govern the way of life and are held to be very important in influencing thought and behaviour in a society. The originality of those values is less important than their authenticity usually. Various classifications of values exist and one such puts them into two categories namely Terminal (Ultimate) Values and Transactional (Interim) Values. It is Transactional values which ensure that our Mission Business gets done on daily basis while terminal values are the Fundamental outcome (Goal) sought ultimately.

Examples of Barotseland terminal values include the following: self-determination, a land free of war and corruption, comfortable life, equality, self-respect, dignity, rule of law, responsible, ambitious, broadmindedness, capability, self-controlled and benevolence to fellow mankind.

When as Barotseland nationals we become passionate about the values and mission, as expressly embodied in the 2012 BNC Resolutions and UDI Mandate, then will be the great culture of dedication to achieving the goal at all costs; with or without BTG because it is Team Barotse Spirit at work.


Of course, Silozi values are of little significance unless they are deeply enshrined in our country’s practices. If Barotseland professes that people are our greatest asset then we should also be ready to invest in people in visible ways. For example, we need, as heralds of values like dignity and caring more visible ways of sympathising with our jailed RBG officials and others with the magnitude of national attention it deserves, taking advantage of trending ‘Zambian’ politics. It is said that actions speak louder than words! We are coming from an era whereby every facet of Barotseland tradition has suffered a severe disfiguring blow right from Namuso to the remotest village. We need to go back and practice our traditions for what they are to us; practice makes perfect! It does not matter whether in foods, ceremonies, art crafts, work ethics, sports, commerce, politics, education, worship and others. Modernisation does not mean discarding our own way of life but improvement thereof! Getting to the point, since Barotseland became independent in 2012 by action of 2012 BNC our life practices should seriously display the real context of our current status quo. This in itself is another tool to making great our Silozi culture again – when we our individual or personal cultures are such as to augment the corporate Silozi culture right from our home settings, then into workplaces and others imagine how beautiful!


Our very own adage says it all that “Tukongote wa Mwana a nongolo” why? There is power in unity and knowing that no one has all the answers to life’s different questions, in Barotseland. Therefore, every Barotzish with a mouth will always want to have a voice and a meaningful impact on our country’s affairs and direction. They know that anyone can win by contributing the most critical idea to our leaders at various levels. Great successful cultures recognise this virtue and require that its members are given this type of inspiring freedom that isn’t impeded by hierarchy or unnecessary red tape. Therefore, knowing that good decisions can come from anywhere expands citizens’ freedom and is cornerstone of attracting ingenuity and talented individuals who will fit in the great culture being sought in New Barotseland.


In its very essence culture entails a web of individual beings sharing a common way of living or working, and such is our country Barotseland. This common way of life is solidarity, Team spirit or unity of purpose. Teamwork happens to be one of the most valued watchwords reminiscent with the 21st century key themes. Everywhere you go and in almost all organisations working as a team is the common byword. Teamwork means having COMMON COMMITMENT, COMMON ENEMY AND COMMON GOAL or VISION. In Christendom the common enemy is Satan. Therefore, if any member befriends the enemy it leavens the fabric of the team to weaken it and ultimately blur and thwart the vision. Our common commitment implies unity of purpose in of all the varied psychological processes and others that occur in our bodies to make the compliance to our mandate a real possibility. Compliance on the other hand here entails our adherence to our cultural tenets.  The two need each other for the common good. The essence of team is common commitment, and with commitment, we become a powerful unit of collective performance consistent and compliant with the 2012 BNC Resolutions and UDI Mandate. Without it Team Barotse will perform as a dysfunctional nation or group of individual Barotzis. This is because group dynamics do not involve common and intense interaction toward a specific and common goal.

NONETHELESS, GROUPS AND TEAMS ARE ESSENTIAL TO ANY ORGANISATION FOR THEY ENABLE ORGANISATIONS TO ACHIEVE SYNERGY WHICH IN TURN RESULTS IN HIGHER PERFORMANCE, AS IN UNITY OF DIVERSITY. However, striking a balance between the duo is quite imperative for us. The advantageous scenery in Barotseland is when TEAM SPIRIT excels GROUP SPIRIT. That in itself is a powerful means toward making Silozi Culture great once more.


Both formal and informal communication consistently and at all levels of Barotseland is crucial mwa Bulozi in building a Silozi culture.  We will continue to applaud the good work done by our media houses and can only wish them all the best in their efforts to communicate our silozi culture to Barotseland nation. Wherever there are people communication is more than a need. This may mean holding meetings or gatherings of various types while observing their respective intricate protocols for the benefits of our culture, young people and everyone in attendance.  Sending occasional phone calls, SMSs, letters, and so on to our people is a great cultural builder. This is because communication also means connecting with others. There is no need to isolate yourself at the top or at the bottom!  Connect with people at all levels of your workplace and country and get out of your comfort zone.


Our cultural leaders at various levels should stand ready as models and show both the young and old Barotzis that they are committed to preservation of our Silozi culture at all costs. This can be done in small, incremental steps. We have already established that that culture is made up of practices and traditions. So, showing our commitment to learning means being consistent culturally and interest in knowing more about culture, mwa Bulozi. When we come up with great programs or events in Barotseland like Kuomboka ceremony and others, we must make them regular events and do them consistently. A one-time effort to improve the culture tends to disingenuousness and therefore, not good culturally.  Consistency in our practice of culture makes a profound difference that pays off when our people enjoy their culture occasionally. Where need be we should even stablish formal institutions solely for the consolidating the work of making Silozi culture intact – as Barotseland Cultural School and the like.


In Barotseland, areas of research and teachings contribute to the power of our cultural and historical narratives. It is consoling to note here that so much work has been done and more work is still in progress by Barotseland intelligentsia to this very end. Ultimately, Barotseland history will be rewritten and taught properly in our schools in correcting the erroneous face given to our heritage by Kenneth Kaunda legacy of Zambia. Any organization has a unique history — a unique story which sets it apart from others. And this ability to unearth that history and craft it into a proper narrative is a core element of great culture creation. The elements of that narrative can be formal — like historic sites, Kuomboka Ceremony, Liyemboka, Licoliso, Likenge and many more which are all dedicated enormous resources to celebrating Barotseland’s heritage. On the other hand, narrative can be informal, like those stories, ‘matangu’, ‘mandwani’, ‘mashitanguti’ and others typical of activities aimed at inculcations of Silozi culture in Barotseland. One point of emphasis here is that these elements only become more powerful when identified, shaped and retold as a part of Barotseland’s ongoing culture reformation or restoration. Otherwise, our posterity will judge us harshly!


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