I could not believe listening to his Excellence Emmanuel Mwamba, Zambia's High commissioner to South Africa on SABC program dubbed "the Globe", misguiding himself over the question of Barotseland.
Mwamba's inability to articulate the genesis of Lewanika concessions, treaties and agreements in relation to the formation of Northern Rhodesia and in regard to the defunct BA64 is an embarrassment to the few honest Zambian academicians and historians.
It is not uncommon to hear many Zambians claim that Zambia is a unitary state, therefore, aspirations for Barotseland are doomed when, in fact, very few understand what a unitary state really is.
ERNESTO TEODORO MONETA an Italian Nobel peace prize winner is reported to have first adopted the motto “InVarietate Concordia/In Varietate Unitas” to mean unity in diversity. However, the concept of unity in diversity or "oneness of being" and its related phrases is very old and antedates the recordable history of Barotseland, to date back to ancient times in antiquity. Its usage has had applications in a number of fields including religion, philosophy, science, cosmology, ecology and politics. Primarily, from the very beginning to contemporary times the idea of Unity in diversity EXPRESSES THE CONCEPT OF UNITY WITHOUT UNIFORMITY AND DIVERSITY WITHOUT DISINTEGRATION.
The Zambian traditional Heroes and Unity weekend is fast approaching once again falling, this year, on 2nd and 3rd July respectively. The 2nd July National Holiday is supposed to honour Zambians accorded the status of heroes and heroines while 3rd July is a National Holiday intended to foster solidarity among the diverse groups making up the territory of Zambia.
Sizo ki Sizo is a siLozi phraseology emphasizing the overriding and enduring nature of national culture! Denying one’s culture is denying oneself! In this regard, however, attention is drawn to one fundamental principle of Barotse governance; the Supremacy of the Barotse National Council (BNC).
In Barotseland, a Barotse National Council is as supreme as a national referendum in developed democracies! Its unanimous decisions are upheld by all! The Litunga, Chiefs, the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) and all the people of Barotseland must respect and obey the supremacy of the institution of BNC, whether they personally agree with its decisions or not! It is considered as the voice of the people, which must be obeyed, or else Barotseland would degenerate into chaotic lawlessness!
Finally, what started as a rumor has now matured into an OFFICIAL OPEN SECRET- Equivocal Position Statement from our parents in BRE – “DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE BAROTSE ROYAL ESTABLISHMENT AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA OVER THE BAROTSELAND AGREEMENT 1964”. This statement alone indicates that our parents are in a state of political stupor!
The planned Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) dialogue with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) on the defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964 would be applauded if it were not merely another installment of the now familiar Zambian treachery aimed at pacifying the ongoing demands for Barotseland independence. Sadly, some Barotse people are falling for their deception once again.
The Linyungandambo independence movement of Barotseland has warned that the Barotse Royal Establishment, BRE, could set a very dangerous precedence if they ignored the express will of the people for a totally independent Barotseland.
DNL Consultants Limited will convene a training workshop on serious organized crimes that will tackle the growing global threat of transnational crimes such as fraud, racketeering, corruption and money laundering in Africa; implications of impunity of international organization's immunity before national courts among others.
The venue has been slated for The Accams Lodge in Mongu, Barotseland, from 24th - 25th May, 2018
POLITICAL VIOLENCE is a broad term used to describe violence perpetrated by either persons or governments to achieve political goals. It can actually be politically motivated violence within and/or without state control.Some popular terms used when describing political violence include armed revolution, civil strife, terrorism, war, and other such causes that can result in injury or loss of property.
We are like a herd of cattle trapped in a thorny fenced kraal.
We previously grazed freely until sometime in 1964 when the previous neighboring farmer, Kadansa, sweet talked us into gathering in a Bantustan Kraal.
We stampede around searching for an opening only to gather at the same spot we started from.
The kraal is hedgy and will only bruise us badly if we attempt to break free.
King Mbikusita Lewanika II was born on 3rd February, 1905 in Lealui and died 7th February 1977. He ruled Royal Barotseland kingdom from 1968 to 1977, as the twenty second (22nd) Litunga from Queen Mwambwa. He received education from Barotse National School (Kambule), University of Cape town South Africa, and University of Wales at Aberystwith. He ascended to the throne on 15th December, 1968, and died in 1977. His capital was Lealui. Having died on 7th February, 1977 his centenary since his passing away comes on 7th February, 2077, in the completely independent New Barotseland.