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.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has joined thousands of protesters in Barcelona to call for independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia.
He made a strong plea for voters to take part in an independence referendum scheduled for 1 October.
"We will vote, even if the Spanish state doesn't want it," Guardiola told the crowd. "There is no other way."
WINDHOEK-In response to the support and solidarity shown by the Namibian government towards the people of Western Sahara in their quest to gain independence, Morocco has reportedly threatened to institute an investigation over Namibia’s apparent domination of what was once known as the Caprivi Strip.
Namibia has on many occasions vowed it would not tire nor rest in its quest to see Morocco – which was recently re-admitted into the African Union (AU) – give up its continued occupation of Western Sahara.
Munyinda Munukayumbwa, the Barotse youth who was arrested over a facebook posting, lost his father last night at his home in Mongu, while he remains incarcerated without trial or opportunity for bail over some unclear but politically motivated charge of ‘sedition’.
His father, Mwiya Munukayumbwa, was sick since November last year but his condition worsened by the fact that his son was no longer able to offer him the valuable care.
The funeral is at the family house in Lubosi compound (township) at the airport in Mongu.
The Barotseland National Youth League (BNYL) has warned that any negotiations on the future of Barotseland that do not involve critical stakeholders, such as the liberation movements, will not be acceptable.
This warning came in the wake of the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) – Zambian government (GRZ) initiated negotiation processes over the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
As Zambia and the rest of Africa commemorate Africa Freedom Day, Dr. Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika has demanded the immediate unconditional release of all political prisoners incarcerated over the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.The Prince of Barotseland has wondered why Zambia should have political prisoners 53 years after its independence, adding that his demand was not only for the release of Afumba Mombotwa and his Lozi colleagues but also all political prisoners in Zambia.
Part 01 - THE RETURN OF AFRICA'S OLDEST WATER FESTIVAL: CNN report on Barotseland’s 2017 Kuomboka.
The Zambezi River is the heart of one of Zambia's most iconic cultural traditions of the Barotse people of Barotseland. SOURCE: CNN
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The new book titled KING LEWANIKA I OF BAROTSELAND: A LEGACY OF INDIGENOUS AFRICAN NATIONALISTS by Dr. Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika is finally being launched this Friday, 26th May, 2017.
The Launch event, perfectly timed to take place immediately after the African Freedom Day Commemorations, will be hosted by the History Department together with the Historical and Archeological Society of the University of Zambia(UNZA), Great East Road Campus, LUSAKA, on Friday May 26, 2017 at 10:00 Hours.
Accordingly, scholars, students, public servants, political leaders, traditional rulers and other concerned persons ARE herewith INVITED to hear the writer read passages from the books and respond to questions, comments and suggestions AS WELL AS BOOK REVIEWS BY Prof. Bizeck J Phiri and Dr Sishuwa Sushuwa.
A veteran and renowned Zambian constitutional lawyer has insisted that the Lozis of Zambia have an undeniable right to choose to separate from Zambia if they wished or if certain conditions existed, and therefore, calling them secessionists whenever they peacefully agitated for self-determination was not only illegal and unconstitutional but also a gross violation of their human rights.
Dr. Ludwig Sondashi (Bachelor of Laws LLB, Masters of Law LLM and PhD in Philosophy in Law acquired at Warwick University, England) who has dedicated chapter 8 of his latest autobiography titled ‘TRUTH is not an easy road’ on the subject of the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964, has further lamented that successive Zambian regimes and many Zambians just did not want to care about how Barotseland became part of Zambia, stating that it was time Zambians faced the hard truth that Lozis were not like the rest of Zambians because they had unique rights of self-determination guaranteed under international law.