It is that time of the year once again when Zambia gleams up with jubilations over their national day which falls on the 24th October every year. This is the time the nation of Zambia (Northern Rhodesia) celebrates its independence.
Come the 1st of October 2017, people from all walks of life will join Chief George Simasiku Mamili and his people at Chinchimani to celebrate the annual Lusata Cultural Festival. Various political and traditional leaders from near and far are expected to attend this magnificent event.
Can a nation that oppresses another be free? Surely it cannot be. In the same manner, Zambia that oppresses Barotseland cannot be free -politically, economically and socially. Zambia can only pretend to be free. If the Barotse are interested in their freedom, that is to say, in achieving their independence, they must suspend the wishful thinking that someone else will come and rescue them as demonstrated by their continued voting for the opposition. It has not worked in the past 53 years and it will never work.
By now it should be common knowledge to average and above average minds, hitherto in our Barotse Change crusade, that the greatest impasse in Zambia has been between Barotseland’s Right to self-determination and Northern Rhodesia’s Right to Self-deception that the former’s 2012 BNC Barexit and UDI Mandate is treason!
The practical aspect means support by all Barotse of all our national aspirations. In our case, this means actualizing the Barotse National Council resolutions of March 27, 2012. Security and national peace can be fulfilled by achieving complete democracy and securing equal rights, which create the best conditions for people to fight for independence. Our people should realize that the slogan of "One ....One ...." is used by the oppressor to encourage us to participate in their politics in order to serve their own interests and privileges at the detrimental of ours.
Unboundedly, the venomous Zambian corruption ecosystem has had its sting on Barotseland with the magnitude of the economic paralysis and stagnation we see today. Therefore, it is just fitting for us to ask the following question and address it as it concerns Barotseland:
The term corruption today is highly reminiscent with Africa’s governance system mostly because the plague stands out to be the most powerful obstacle to sustainable economic development of the continent; inclusive of Zambia, with Barotseland in turn coaxed to grim in and reap for herself the worst share, in consequence of this insidious vice.
As Malozi we have much to be thankful for. Most people around the world have lost touch with nature and their place in it but we have maintained that sacred balance of coordinating our daily lives with the natural order of things in the heavens until today. What brings us most in balance with the order of the universe are our ceremonies, Kuomboka and Kufuluhela.
The bigger picture that comes to the fore in all of this drama is the failure of Zambia as a unitary state and the failure of the democratic system as a model of governance for Africa in particular. This constructed system forced upon us by the western-European-white-elites as a way to continue to plunder our natural resources after the second world war is at a crossroads.
The cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale) or (Ndongo ya simbangala as it is locally known in Barotseland) is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew seed and the cashew apple. The cashew seed, often simply called a cashew, is widely consumed.
It has been said over again that life itself is a change; mainly comprising birth, living and death cycles. Change is a fact and virtue of life itself such that to deny change is actually to forego oneself the quantity and quality of life. Change can be negative or positive, planned or unplanned, or take other forms and descriptions.