The question is what have we recently seen and heard in the country that needs to be reflected upon? In my interaction with the people in my pastoral engagement in the diocese I hear that most people are intimidated and threatened to remain silent on events that are happening.
There is a feeling that when people speak out on what they feel is not going on well in the nation, they will lose their employment if they were civil servants or they will be arrested. It is seen even in noble programs or commissions that are sanctioned by government.
So far so much has been said on our different media platforms regarding the role expected from citizens of the New Barotseland. Perhaps it is time we reflect exclusively on this very important subject, especially so as it affects “Bana ba Poho yensu”. As I understand it, active citizenship is a combination of knowledge, attitude, skills, values and actions (SKAVAs) that aim to contribute to building and maintaining a democratic and progressive society, Barotseland in particular.
Although the concept of indigenous PEOPLES and their rights to SELF DETERMINATION is a lengthy and complicated subject, I will try to briefly explain it by firstly stating which international law and conventions support and promote these rights, and lay out the definition of Indigenous communities, peoples and nations which validate Barotseland as such a nation and the Barotse as such a people.
The much spoken Kuomboka ceremony of 2017 has come and gone and indelibly imbedded in the annals of Barotseland history, with all the varied descriptions ranging from names like “infamous”, “PF” to being the “dangerous” Kuomboka. As ever and according to human practises we are bound to make review of every event that we hold. Each Barotseland citizen and visitor has their own analysis version of the Kuomboka ceremony.
This article is a revelation of some fast facts and information about one of the best practice and successful revolutionary story in the world; the Revolutionary War of United States of America (U.S.A.) which begun on 19th April, 1775 with the Battle of Lexington, taking a period of eight years thus ending on 3rd September, 1783.
The victory of the Barotse people’s revolution against Zambia’s illegal occupation and oppression intensively and formally started on 27th March, 2012 to markedly undercut the Zambian imperialist colonial system. This laid the groundwork for the development of a sovereign and completely independent Barotseland economically and politically, in Southern Africa.