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“Luzamaela kai” or "where are we?" is a too often asked question by those that wish to genuinely know the progression of the struggle for Barotseland self-rule as well as those that seek to scorn off the apparent lack of visible progress on the matter.
WENA WAHESU, a facebook activist decided to offer his answer to the question and we thought it was a very interesting answer he gave.
With emphasis added, Wena Wahesu writes:
My out right and personal answer is that we are where we are politically, socially and mentally as individuals and as a society. We are (still) voting in Zambian elections, we openly profess to be UPND (Zambia’s main opposition United Party for National Development) or PF (Zambia’s ruling Patriotic Front party)... we don’t protest when one among us is victimized for standing up for Barotseland.
We do not want to get close to those that are having the burden of the struggle. We have not invested anything in the struggle, not even a one ngwee (Zambia’s smallest money unit), as such that’s where we are.
The struggle will only move to another level when malozi begin to demonstrate the change and the fact that they are Barotseland citizens (and not Zambians) and invest in the struggle, then and only then will we get the recognition we need.
They (world) cannot just recognize Linyungandambo (leading Barotseland independence movement) or BNFA (alliance of some Barotse activist groups) or BRE (Barotse Royal Establishment) executive committees. No! They need to recognize Barotseland, its peoples and government.
So the question is where are the people of Barotseland? Definitely it’s not them who were lining for Zambian elections; these are Zambians. The Barotseland citizens stand out and be counted; and by so doing they will be acting as statehood recognition advocates. END.
What is your say? Let us hear from you! Join in the debate!
This photo depicting Barotseland national and traditional dress is currently trending on social media attracting admiration and comments from Barotse and other social media users.
Although the original source and photo context is not stated, the photo is simply graceful and elegantly magnificent.
Thanks to Barotseland Watchdog (BWD) for sharing this one!
Our pick of the week as trending on social media is HRH Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika.
Dr. Mbikusita is a prince of Barotseland, son of HRM Mbikusita Lewanika, King of Barotseland who was born 3rd February 1905 and died 7th February 1977 (reign: 1968 - 1977)
"... THE KICK IN THE TEETH CAME IN 1968 (AT A PRESS CONFERENCE, CASUALLY AND WITH SELF-RIGHTEOUS CONTEMPT) WHEN KAUNDA DECIDED (ANNOUNCED WITHOUT PRIOR CONSULTATION FOR) ... BAROTSELAND ...CHANGED TO WESTERN PROVINCE, A THOUGHTLESS GESTURE THAT OFFENDED THE BAROTSE PEOPLE.... LET US FORGET THE NONSENSE OF THE ‘WESTERN PROVINCE.’ BAROTSELAND IS BAROTSELAND TO ITS PEOPLE’,” - ANDREW SARDANIS, “ZAMBIA: THE FIRST 50 YEARS,” PAGES 217 AND 223 --- End Quote!
Although Dr. Mbikusita Lewanika clearly states that he does not entirely agree with the veteran Zambian politician and entrepreneur Andrew Sardanis’ sentiments that the Barotseland question will be settled by merely re-instituting the name ‘Barotseland’ to the now ‘Western Province of Zambia’ he (Mbikusita Lewanika) decided to post the above extract from Andrew Sardinis’s latest book entitled ‘Zambia: The First 50 Years’ to his Face Book wall with him sporting a BAROTSELAND branded cap (see attached photograph).
This post has attracted many serious comments from not only Barotse people but also Zambians across the board, maybe because Dr. Akashambatwa is among the very few prominent figures, well known in both Zambia and Barotseland, who are no longer shying away, publicly, from the Barotseland question, which matter has had many Barotse people arrested even for merely possessing literature about it.
To Prince Aka (as he is fondly known to many), we say congratulations on your winning the Barotseland Post SOCIAL MEDIA BUZZ pick of the week.
On Social Media BUZZ for this week we feature two stories that are currently trending:
1. Edgar Lungu must be more shocked than anyone else - about the Litunga's behaviour!
2. Ilute Yeta IV ‘Appears’ in Lealui Royal Village
1. EDGAR LUNGU MUST BE MORE SHOCKED THAN ANYONE ELSE - ABOUT THE LITUNGA'S BEHAVIOUR!
Date: 13th December 2015
COURTESY OF: Na Ma-Lulu Nalumango
The biggest problem with our desire for Barotseland self-rule is not the Zambian government or its people. The greatest opponent to Barotseland freedom - going by what I've been reading from this column - is the Litunga. It's not even Edgar Lungu! We all get tempted by the devil everyday but the Lord holds us accountable for our implementation of the sins that originate with Lucifer. In this case Edgar Lungu was only trying to tempt the Litunga with 30 pieces of silver and an offer of power and even a tiny foreign mission post.
Honestly speaking Edgar Lungu must be more shocked than anyone else at his luck... I doubt that he had imagined that the Litunga would fall for such small a bait at the expense of a hurting people!
It's vital that these things that you people write so well for the academically gifted elite on Facebook - be written in simple short articles and in our different languages - for our peoples at the grassroots. Through these articles, you're building up a very strong case for the international community in terms of what has been published online but the elite few cannot fight for this cause expressly like this because they don't live the difficult life in rural Barotseland or even engage in civil disobedience acts. We need to put our heads together to realise this dream through local structures. We need to engage with the Barotseland government and other parties to get the Litunga back on track for a common front.
Let's create forums where more people can participate.
Just a thought - because I care too much to remain silent...
Kozo - Lord hear us!
2. ILUTE YETA IV APPEARS IN LEALUI ROYAL VILLAGE – As Reported by Barotseland Watchdog
ORIGINAL POST by: Barotseland Broadcasting Network (BBN)
NB: Barotseland Watchdog Dog (BWD) has dispatched a reporter to Lealui to take photos and interview people about this story which appeared on BBN.
We will give you a feed back as soon as we finish talking to the people. For now here is what BBN reported................
Ilute Yeta IV has appeared in Lealui Royal village on Sunday. He was the Litunga of Barotseland from 1977 up to 2000. It is believed that, the ancestors are not happy with what is happening in Barotseland. On Sunday almost 30 houses were destroyed together with the Ngambela’s Kuta, and Mboo Kuta in Lealui, the winter residence for the Litunga.
This happened after strong and strange windswept the Head Quarters of the Royal Kingdom. The tree which Edwin Lubosi Imwiko II sat during his installation in 2000 has been uprooted and it is down. Some Indunas’ houses have also been brought down.
BBN has been informed that Edwin Lubosi Imwiko II (Embattled Litunga of Barotseland) has dispatched a batch of Indunas to see what happened and he has since been informed about the disaster. He is worried and it is expected that he (may) travel there soon to see what really transpired.
Meanwhile people have expressed worry (at) the way the crop of Indunas at Namuso is running Barotseland. From Monday up to Saturday people were still renovating their houses and others have left the HQ saying “Lubosi u ka lu bulaisa,” (Lubosi will cause our death).
Traditionally, the Litunga is supposed to be in Lya Alui (Lealui) up to the flooding season when Kuomboka takes place in April but the current guy called Edwin Lubosi is stuck in Limulunga, (while) he frequents Lusaka and Kabwe-at his Farms.
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