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.
The following is essentially a brief discourse on whether or not the Litunga of Barotseland is supreme, how he ascends the throne, if and how he can be dethroned. Hopefully, the article will give a ‘snip’ preview of the Barotse nation, its monarchy and cultural systems of governance from the past to the present.
IS THE LITUNGA SUPREME
I wish to submit with this article my considered view on the current subject seemingly polarising my nation and drawing so much attention – the suing of our Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II in the Zambian courts and the looming dethronement thereof. I must confess that it is a very sensitive and quite mentally challenging issue playing right at home due to the nature of the case. It is a situation that has not only prompted my response but also demands input from every other Mulozi. I must say upfront that Iam not really taken aback by the sad development because I could foresee it coming in one way or another due to the precursors in recent past. That is, Barotseland has already spoken three times over what she desires as stated following, and anybody or anything standing in our way to total independence deserves nothing better than our complete resistance and unison answer NO;
The news of a clique of Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) current and former indunas dragging the embattled Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II to a Zambian court is not only disheartening but also very disappointing; especially that it is spearheaded by people who ought to know better. Conversely, those supporting their move are either ignorant of the Lozi cultural norms regarding the Litungaship of Barotseland or simply fail to ‘perceive’ the changes that Barotseland is currently undergoing in her effort to become a self-determined and self-governed state territory.
As we accelerate to our complete freedom and independence in the best country this side of this planet called Barotseland, it is time to seriously remember the sacrifices that were made to gain incremental freedom and independence thus far as well as the frontier working toward the Complete and Ultimate Freedom and Independence of our motherland.
REMEMBERING DR. KING ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
Martin Luther King Day is a United States of America federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.
It is today exactly seven (7) years since Zambia’s Rupiah Bwezani Banda government issued marching orders to their brutal police to use maximum force and stop unarmed peaceful Barotse people who had mobilized themselves to gather peacefully and discuss in a civilized manner, the future of their nation, Barotseland, with their royal establishment. Anyone who knows the Barotse will agree, without hesitation, that they are among the most peaceful and civilized people in the world.