A leaked fifty seven (57) year old confidential report has revealed Her Majesty’s government conveniently imposed the union between Barotseland and Zambia in 1964.
Although Ku-Omboka, the annual movement and evacuation of the King of Barotseland and his people from the rising waters of the Barotse floodplain to higher ground, has been taking place from time immemorial, it was during the reign of King Mulambwa Santula that Kuomboka became the national spectacle it is today.
Among Barotse kings, perhaps the pivotal personage is that of Santulu.
Born Maimbolwa Santulu, he became Litunga Mulambwa in 1780 as the tenth King of Barotseland. He was a younger son of Mwanawina the First and is King Lubosi Lewanika the first’s grandfather.
In a program called Home Coming Project to help African- Americans trace their original roots, hundreds have reportedly traced theirs back to Barotseland and are now working towards an official home coming.