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.
Around mid-20th century, a psychologist named Kurt Lewin identified a three - stage model of change developed to understand change in an organization. His model is the description of a three stage process of change known as Unfreeze, Change and Refreeze. This model has proved to be foundational to many change models and programmes for over half a century now; since 1950. This means the model is still applicable and a sure basis of Barotse Change approach today.
What we know so far is that progress of Royal Barotseland Government (RBG) programme of action has been marred by some inevitable resistance, from top to bottom, not really new but as something that is characteristic of every change programme. This resistance has presented itself in different types, classes and degrees of intensity. You may be surprised to learn at the fullness of time that even the news making and current affairs thorny issue regarding the Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II of Barotseland versus Induna Imbwae Nabiwa Imikendu court lawsuit is another manifestation of this resistance to the complete independence of Barotseland by the arch enemy of Barotse Change.
There is no doubt that both the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) and Zambia’s successive ruling establishments have been the major beneficiaries of the Barotseland narrative. While the former derives mostly financial profits, the Barotseland saga has been used by the latter to perpetuate their hold to power and maintain the power balance.