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The Cheke Cha Mbunda traditional ceremony which started on the 29th of September reaches its peak on 2nd October 2016.

Meanwhile, the Cheke Cha Mbunda traditional ceremony National Organizing Committee Chairperson, Mr. Limande disclosed to local Oblate Radio Liseli news on Wednesday that everything was in place for the successful hosting of the event.

Mr. Limande said that the Makishi would be gathering in Kashembe area on Wednesday in readiness for their resurfacing from the Kashembe graveyards on Thursday Morning.

He said that the Makishi would later start a procession from Kashembe to His Royal Highness Chief Chiyengele’s palace in Mushuwa Royal Village of Limulunga.

The Organizing Committee Chairperson further said that the ceremony would be officially opened on Saturday the 1st and end on Sunday, 2nd October 2016.

He, therefore, appealed to all people including the Business Community to attend the event and witness the tools for the Mbunda Chieftainship which will be exhibited at the ceremony.

The Mbunda people of Barotseland have a very rich cultural heritage through their Makishi masquerade, among other traditional and cultural practices.

Video courtesy of Sibuku Malumbano

The Lusata traditional ceremony of the Mafwe people is due to take place in the first week of October, the 4th 2016.

The Mafwe tribe is originally found in both the Katima Mulilo region of the Caprivi strip, now Zambezi region of Namibia, and the surrounding border area and parts of Barotseland, separated only by the colonial demarcations drawn in the 19th century.

They share similar culture and customs with their Lozi counterparts of Barotseland; with a ‘Litunga’ who reigns and sits in his Kashandi, the current title holder being Chief George Simasiku Mamili. They also speak the Silozi lingua franca.

Their women and their men adorn the Musisi and Siziba dress just like the Lozi of Barotseland.

Any attendee to this ceremony will be left wowed by their rich cultural dances and immaculate dress, making the Lusata traditional ceremony, therefore, a must attend event this year.

The Lusata Traditional ceremony of the Mafwe people
The Lusata Traditional ceremony of the Mafwe people

 

The Mafwe people are set to host their annual traditional ceremony for 2016 on the 4th of October.

In an open invitation made available to The Barotseland Post, the Mafwe Royal Establishment wishes to invite all the Mafwe people of Namibia and their brothers and sisters in Barotseland and other parts of the world, to come to the 2016 Lusata Traditional Ceremony which shall take place at Linyanti Royal Palace on 04th October, 2016.

The Lusata traditional ceremony is an annual event that normally takes place every last week of September at the palace of their paramount ruler who must wield the Lusata, his symbol of chieftaincy. However, this year, the ceremony shall be held in the first week of October on the 4th.

The Mafwe tribe is originally found in both the Katima Mulilo region of the Caprivi strip, now Zambezi region of Namibia, and the surrounding border area of Barotseland, separated only by the colonial demarcations drawn in the 19th century. They share similar culture and customs with their Lozi counterparts of Barotseland; with a ‘Litunga’ who reigns and sits in his Kashandi, the current title holder being Chief George Simasiku Mamili.  They also speak the Silozi lingua franca.

Their women and their men adorn the Musisi and Siziba dress just like the Lozi of Barotseland.

Any attendee to this ceremony will be left wowed by their rich cultural dances and immaculate dress, making the Lusata traditional ceremony, therefore, a must attend event this year.

Top Left and Right: The current Litunga Chief George Simasiku Mamili in the Kashandi during the ceremony holding the Lusata, which is the symbol of chieftaincy!

Mafwe women in Traditional Misisi performing and singing songs at the ceremony

The Kuomboka ceremony of the Lozi people of Barotseland will this year not be held following the demise of the Litunga (King)’s wife, Queen Moyo Imwambo, who died on the 10th of March and was put to rest on 17 March, 2014.

Clarifying the matter that had been a subject of wide speculation in the Kingdom, the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) through Tawila Akapelwa Silumbu (Induna Inete) made the announcement in Mongu today.

Induna Inete who is also Kuomboka/Kufuluhela Committee National Chairman, Tawila Akapelwa Silumbu, announced this today at the Limulunga palace and said the cancellation is due to the untimely death of Her Royal Highness, the Queen, Moyo Imwambo who died about three weeks ago.

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