The bigger picture that comes to the fore in all of this drama is the failure of Zambia as a unitary state and the failure of the democratic system as a model of governance for Africa in particular. This constructed system forced upon us by the western-European-white-elites as a way to continue to plunder our natural resources after the second world war is at a crossroads.
The cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale) or (Ndongo ya simbangala as it is locally known in Barotseland) is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew seed and the cashew apple. The cashew seed, often simply called a cashew, is widely consumed.
It has been said over again that life itself is a change; mainly comprising birth, living and death cycles. Change is a fact and virtue of life itself such that to deny change is actually to forego oneself the quantity and quality of life. Change can be negative or positive, planned or unplanned, or take other forms and descriptions.
Understanding and coping with anxiety in new Barotseland: A BAROTSE CHANGE Imperative – Part 2
Understanding and Coping with Anxiety in New Barotseland: A BAROTSE CHANGE Imperative – Part 1
Chilufya Tayali (42) is a renowned Zambian human rights activist, now turned politician, leading the opposition Economic and Equity Party (EEP) who was recently dragged to court over a facebook posting deemed defamatory to Zambia’s police Inspector General, Kakoma Kanganja. Upon his arrest, Chilufya spent a weekend in detention and was thereafter formally charged and granted bail for his alleged crime. Trial has since commenced in his case.
3. UNDERSTANDING BAROTSELAND NATIONAL VISION
A great culture starts with a vision or mission statement. These simple turns of phrases guide an organisation’s value ecosystems and provide it with purpose. In Barotseland case, that purpose, in turn, orients every decision citizens make. We must know that our national ethoses are deeply authentic and prominently proclaimed since 2012 BNC and therefore, our good vision statement should help orient every Barotzish national. A vision statement is a simple but foundational element of culture. With time, in Barotseland, these will be clearly displayed in offices and other publics accordingly. Here is a reminder once again of the very basis of our New Barotseland Great Culture:
This post gets us back once again to one of our most prised subject - Silozi culture. Really no amount of writing on this subject will actually suffice or bore us because of the importance of culture in any community like Barotseland. Universally, culture provides guiding principles for people to be and do everything. This goes without saying that a community that does not adhere to its culture gets characterised by chaos.
The International Community Organizations must not brood over a catalyst for bloodshed by deliberately ignoring the inhuman situation in Barotseland which they should mitigate or avoid because the situation may become unpalatable and lead into xenophobia when all hell turns loose.
The appointments of fake Barotzish ‘Guardian Angels’ by the Neo-Colonialist Administration, such as the Vice President and the Attorney General of Barotzish descent whose main ordeal is to maintain continued perpetration of enslavement, oppression and other ills against the Barotzish under the guise of recognition, does not benefit the Barotzish in any way but the appointees and their immediate families who enjoy Zambian morsels. So, is the appointment of an Attorney General of Barotzish descent to merely appease the Barotzish who do not benefit anything in any way from such cosmetic appointments which they are not the least interested in or envy?
RESISTANCE to Barotseland’s autonomy antedates the actual signing of Barotseland Agreement on 18th May, 1964 and has been the key theme since then. That explains why the treaty was abrogated soon after the signing of the BA ’64, the innumerable human rights violations by Zambia against Barotse people, the attempted colonisation of Barotseland, and the delayed complete independence of our motherland Barotseland.
In a lengthy speech, Kenneth Kaunda, then Prime Minister of Northern Rhodesia, barely a couple of months after signing the Barotseland Agreement 1964 and shortly before Zambia’s October 1964 independence, categorically assured then Litunga (King) of Barotseland, Sir Mwanawina III, KBE, and all Members of the Barotse Royal Family and of the Barotse Government, that the Zambian Government had no wish to interfere with the day-to-day running of the internal affairs of Barotseland.
The assurance was given in a written speech that Kenneth Kaunda himself publicly read at a meeting held at the headquarters of the Barotse government at Lealui, on Thursday, 6th August 1964.
A total VOTE REVOLT in Barotseland will send a CLEAR message that the territory is no longer interested in being part of a Zambia that does NOT respect the Barotse rights to Self-determination. The world right now does not take Barotseland’s call for self-determination seriously because the Barotse continue to participate in the political affairs of the country they have already declared independence from.