LITUNGA KING MBIKUSITA LEWANIKA II (1968 – 1977) LEGACY IMPERATIVES
Celebrating the King Lewanika legacies could mean learning serious lessons from the life and accomplishments of Litunga Mwanawina Lewanika III, KBE in some or all of the following observed facts about him:
1. He was the Founding President General of the Northern Rhodesia African Congress and African freedom movements. Let February be the month of FREEDOM RENAISSANCES for all freedom movements in Barotseland and seriously think and evaluate their work for the sake of progress and in the best interest of New Barotseland.
2. Additionally, he was Founder President of the Mines African Staff Association (MASA), a student at the University College of Wales at Swansea, a Member of Parliament of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland and a facilitator for domestic and foreign higher education for hundreds of Zambians and Barotse individuals. That really is a true example of EDUCATION FOR SERVICE moral fibre. Therefore, let all those esteemed educated Barotzish do likewise today, in the name of New Barotseland and doing so honestly in the spirit of the 2012 BNC UDI Mandate, for the ultimate independence of our country Barotseland.
3. He also served as a Parliamentary Secretary in Ministry of External Affair of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in the 1960s. Celebrating the King Lewanika legacy also means all our brothers and sisters serving as Members of Parliaments (MPs), Zambian Foreign Missions abroad, Zambian civil service and others to do their best for by so doing you are HONOURING YOUR HOME COUNTRY Barotseland, whether directly and indirectly. Barotse Change therefore, admires the work of all Barotzis (like former UN diplomat Madam Namasiku Likukela) being persecuted by the Zambian authority whether it is demotions, firing, non-recruitment and the like simply because of being Barotzis – your resilience and sufferings will not last forever and are paying dividends already.
4. As a Litunga and like King Ilute Yeta IV, King Mbikusita Lewanika II lived in the heat of the disputed abortive Zambiaship and hence their lives were curtailed by the enemy of Barotseland- Zambia. Celebrating the King Lewanika legacies also means PUTTING ALL ON THE ALTAR for the ultimate independence of Barotseland; through Self-Denial and Self-Sacrificing. Additionally, it requires our PAYING TRIBUTE to those who have already paid their ultimate or extreme sacrifices for our country; incarcerations, fatally e.g. the youth massacred on 14th January, 2011 and many others.
5. Prince Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika wrote on 30 October 2014, “The history and essence of the establishment and independence of Zambia is incomplete, unbalanced and unintelligible, in fact unacceptable, without appreciation and taking positive account of the life service of maligned figures, such as Mbikusita Lewanika.” Sadly however, this Barotseland hero is one among many Barotzis who have fallen prey to “out of sight out of mind” syndrome especially by Zambia. Therefore, the legacy of Mbikusita Lewanika today means we should always endeavour to do our best, in whatever life settings, even if history does/will not appreciate our expressive and momentous contributions to Barotse Change Crusade and our society of New Barotseland.
Another observed common phenomenon among the King Lewanikas of February is that they were all born, died and buried in Barotseland. That is,
1. King Lubosi Lewanika I was born in Nyengo and buried in Barotseland.
2. King Mwanawina Lewanika III, KBE was born in Lealui and his shrine is in Sikuli, both in Barotseland.
3. King Mbikusita Lewanika II was born in Lealui and his shrine is in Lishekandinde both in Barotseland.
In celebrating the King Lewanika legacies requires having a Purely Barotzish Mindset such that you remain loyal to home country even in death – let your landmarks be at home whether it is your investments, influence and finally the graveyard. Why remain slaves even in our death? God forbid. Perhaps this is why the Holy Writ records in Genesis 50:5 that Jacob died in foreign land Egypt but ordered that he be buried at home in Canaan, “ ….. Lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me.” And in Genesis 50:25 “…….and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.”[KJV]. Therefore, Biblically and in the spirit of Celebrating the King Lewanika legacies, it is far from being a bad idea to exhume the remains of the Lewanika Princes recently discovered in a graveyard in Zimbabwe (Bulawayo) in 2017 and burry them in Barotseland, preferably in the month of February someday soon. Talking about Prince Mbanga Lewanika and Prince Mwananyanda Lewanika both died and buried in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe who died on 18th October, 1922 and 5th May, 1934 respectively.
MUYOYANGE WINO WIN WINO!