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.