The New Year euphoria has prompted us to address Barotse Change by expounding on the subject of the name ‘New Barotseland’. Foremost, the reader is hereby reminded that the COUNTRY OF BAROTSELAND is a region between Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and is home to the Lozi people, Barotse or Malozi as we call ourselves who are a unified group of over 24 individual formerly diverse tribes related through kinship, originating from the branch called the Luyi (Maluyi), and also assimilated northern Sotho of South Africa who they called Kololo.
Most people think freedom means independence, rare or exceptional success, exclusive privilege and the competence to do anything that one’s heart desires. True as the statement is, and while so many of us boast of this same freedom just because slavery is no longer tenable today, when it comes to ultimate freedom paradoxically many of us remain en caged. This is due to the fact that though we have all been created equally, yet our rights, opportunities, and justices still remain wanting and inequitable.
We trust and pray that this correspondence finds you in the best of your health and spirits. Our calendars indicate that we are now in the Christmas Advent; a time, among other rationales, when most people engage in self-introspection aimed at reviewing personal successes and failures this year, with a view to come up with personal strategies for successes in the ensuing New Year. Barotse Change is convinced that you too, given your high profile standing, are bound to engage in the same exercise. It is our greatest desire, as proponents of Barotse Change, to appeal to you once more brothers and sisters for you to reconsider your ways so that you do not find your names finally indelibly chronicled on the wrong and bad side of the history of Zambia, Northern Rhodesia and unquestionably Barotseland.
SOMALILAND, whose statehood is yet to be internationally recognized after breaking away from Somalia in 1999, held its third successful presidential election whose electoral procedures were observed by an international election observation mission. The international observers, including representatives of UNPO, applauded the overall successful electoral process while, at the same time, noting minor concerns to consider for future elections. The current president, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud, had not sought re-election, clearing the way for one of three candidates to assume his post. Vote counting is currently underway.
I would rightly guess many of us have in one way or another been betrayed. Betrayal can be quite devastating ripping apart ones’ heart like nothing else, as anger and grief surge through, leaving you feeling used, cheated, and helpless. Whether it is a confidante at work or spilling your secrets sabotaging you and ruining your reputation or a spouse having an extramarital relationship, betrayal is one of the worst things which can be done to someone.
As Zambia takes to podia in their land celebrating 24th October let true Zambians do so freely, honestly but in a political wise manner – every such anniversary should be time to tell what actually went wrong. Otherwise, they risk being haunted forever by the political truth and omens thereof.
The closing thoughts in the last article on Barotse Change series read “Providentially, by action of the 2012 BNC UDI Mandate Barotseland legally accepted Zambia’s desire to completely disengage with us. In effect, the BA ’64 became defunct perpetually and the case considered settled, at least in the minds of civilised international communities and law abiding global citizens!”
This writing comes as a dedication to all people who are unenlightened and don’t analytically conceptualise the Reasoning behind the Independence of Barotseland as a Nation. The following will be a good case scenario for consideration by all those who value moral honesty and integrity of truthfulness in this 21st Century. In cementing the Right to Self Determination of Barotseland, three other cases will be essential to ensure clarification of this discourses conclusion.
“Should we now mount an anti Bemba/ Nyanja campaign in Barotseland?” asks a concerned Lozi, perhaps frustrated with the now apparent spread of Bemba language across the territory of Zambia, including Barotseland.
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.