Media Editor, Barotseland Post
Yesterday, Friday 30th September 2016, was the first National Lozi Picture Day, and out of several dozens of many beautiful and interesting Lozi pictures submitted in the month, we picked the Munyinda family submission to illustrate some symbolic Lozi cultural values.
In submitting this family photo, Mr. Munyinda had this to say:
“I was thrilled as I went through this very interesting article which endeavors to promote and preserve the Lozi culture. I wish to thank the initiators for coming up with this excellent idea.
“Please, find attached our family picture which depicts the genesis of the Lozi culture as starting with the family. If families are stronger with our culture, I am convinced everything else will fall in their (rightful) place.
“I will encourage parents to encourage their children to know the Lozi culture so that it can be preserved and passed from generation to generation.
“I will, therefore, be greatly honoured if it will be shared with others.” END.
THE MUNYINDA FAMILY LOZI PICTURE
The Munyinda family of Kalumbila, Northwestern Zambia, sent in their family ‘Lozi Picture’, here featured, adorned in the Lozi national dress, musisi for women and siziba for the man. As you may see in the picture, that was not all as the Munyindas added some beautifully typical Lozi accessories to match their outfits.
Here below is what really makes this photo our particular pick of the month:
1. Mr. Munyinda bore the iconic Lozi leadership staff known as Mulamu. It is usually carried as a walking stick for prestige and not necessarily for necessity. It is also a symbol of Lozi civilization. It symbolizes high class for one that has achieved something noteworthy in life. The top of the staff could be a depiction of different Lozi animals. Ideally, many would choose the stick depicting the enduring and endearing male Elephant, the Lozi national symbol of leadership, although it is not uncommon to find lions, leopards, crocodiles, etc. chosen for their various respective traits.
2. Of course, his Siziba is incomplete without the red beret iconic of the Lozi leadership and maturity and a red bowtie to match and Mr. Muniynda knows it.
3. The Munyinda women are simply a marvel to watch in both beauty and style. Not only are they adorned in the beautiful Musisi dress but one of them (the youngest) also carries the Lozi ‘purse’ (si Kwama) that would compete with the biggest brands of the world, all handcrafted from a very special type of river reeds. They also sport the Kuwani headdress, also handcrafted from the same river reeds, in exquisite style and fashion unparalleled anywhere in the world.
4. The tennis canvas shoes not only match their musisi, but are also a very practical choice given the sandy terrain of Barotseland as 6 inch heels would never do in widespread deep Barotse sand. So a natural choice would have to be boots or tennis canvas shoes. They probably went for the latter for easy mobility.
5. The Munyinda family also has the cultural Lozi ivory bracelet known as ‘Tou’, the same name used for the Lozi elephant, as they are a product of its tusks. It is customary for every Lozi to own at least one of those at every stage of life. However, for the effective conservation of the elephant population, this Ivory Jewelry is normally inherited and passed down from one generation to the next.
6. Another clever conservative measure is the introduction of wooden bracelets, also worn by the Munyinda girls in the picture. These are made from high quality timber, perhaps from the Muzauli tree readily available in Barotseland. Popularization of such wooden bracelets could lessen the heavy dependence on the elephant ivory for this Lozi cultural symbolism, although conservation of wild and natural resources has never really been a serious issue until the commercial exploitation of such resources by mostly entities foreign from the centuries old Lozi way of integration with nature.
To the Munyinda family and the several others that submitted and shared with us their beautiful Lozi pictures, we wish to say thank you as we look forward to the October installment of your perfect Lozi picture.
FILE: Uncut picture of Litunga Yeta III (Litia Lewanika) – seated. He was the first born son of King Lewanika I and father of Litunga Yeta IV (1977 - 2000) who himself is father to HRH Inyambo (Lubasi Yeta), Reigning Prince at Mwandi palace in Sesheke, Barotseland.
Standing (left) is, the Litunga's Private Secretary Mbikusita Lewanika, who three decades later became Litunga Lewanika II (1968 - 1977) and is also the father to Her Excellency Princess Inonge Mbikusita Lewanika and Prince Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika among others.
Mbikusita Lewanika was the 40th born child of King Lewanika I who had forty four (44) children in total. Twenty-two (22) of them were sons and Twenty two (22) were daughters.
To his right is Kuta's Secretary Lishomwa Suu. Suu was later appointed Ngambela during the reign of Litunga Lewanika II.
This picture was taken at the BBC Offices in London in 1937, on the occasion of the visit to England of Litunga Yeta III and his Ngambela (Prime Minister) Mbangweta Munalula, not in picture, for the coronation of King George VI of England and discussions on the Barotseland Protectorate.
They also visited France, hosted by the Paris Missionary Society (PMS), who together with Basotho evangelists founded the Church of Barotseland and initiated modern education in Barotseland.
Picture Courtesy of Dr. Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.
“What food might this contain?” The mouse wondered - he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”
The mouse turned to the goat and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”
The goat sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”
The mouse turned to the cow and said “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”
The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose.”
So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house - like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.
The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.
The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main Ingredient.
But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbours came to sit with her around the clock.
To feed them, the farmer butchered the goat.
The farmer's wife did not get well; she died.
So many people came for her funeral; the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.
The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.
So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.
We are all involved in this amazing journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.
Each of us may not be connected through a blood line; we may not even be friends. But we are all connected through humanity. We may come from different tribes but we are like a rainbow which has different colours but together these colours make it look beautiful - AUTHOR Unknown, Adapted & Shared by Dr. Mufalali & Sibeta Mundia.
PROFESSOR Muna Ndula says constitutional lawyers the world over are shocked that the election petition against the declaration of Edgar Lungu as winner of the August 11 general elections has been dismissed on a technicality without being heard.
And Prof Ndulo says Zambia is rapidly descending into a failed state.
In a statement, Prof Ndulo, a law professor at Cornell University, stated that constitutional principles the world over required that parties be given ample time to be heard.
“The Friday September 2 decision of the full bench of the Constitutional Court to give each side two days to present their case is correct in law and in fact. The earlier decision by Judge Sitali was impracticable and unreasonable. Besides, Judge Sitali made two conflicting decisions. In the absence of the presentation of the case to the Constitutional Court, what was the Constitutional court going to decide on? It would shock constitutional lawyers around the world into disbelief to learn that a Constitutional Court in Zambia, after refusing to hear evidence, turned around and gave what at best would be a technical reason for dismissing a case before it,” Prof Ndulo stated.
“That is not law no matter how you look at it. The principles of natural justice, and constitutional principles the world over, require that parties be given ample time to be heard. Various Zambia constitutional provisions guarantee a right to be heard in a judicial proceeding. In any event, Article 10 of the Constitution that talks of 14 days is not a model in drafting. It says: ‘the electoral petition shall be heard in 14 days.’ Judicial proceedings involve hearing and determining. The article, by not mentioning determining, renders itself to numerous interpretations.”
He stated that it would be easier to accept the decision of the court if both sides had been given ample time to be heard.
“Human rights courts the world over have stated that the rights of individuals in the constitution are intended to guarantee rights that are not theoretical or illusory, but practical and effective. The courts the world over where human rights are involved chose an interpretation that provides more extensive protections of individuals. In this case, they would choose, one that gives both sides an opportunity to be heard. Where all parties are given an opportunity to be heard, it becomes easier for all concerned to accept a decision of the court,” Prof Ndulo stated.
And Prof Ndulo observed that Zambia was slowly becoming a failed state.
“It is quite obvious that there is political crisis in Zambia and the country is rapidly descending into a failed state. There is violence everywhere and a breakdown of law and order is evident. Courts are openly being intimidated by politicians, party cadres and sycophants masquerading as civil society,” Prof Ndulo stated.
“The former Secretary-General of the UN Boutros Boutros Ghali, described a failed state as ‘a feature of such societies is the collapse of state institutions, especially the police and the judiciary, with resulting paralysis of governance, a breakdown of law and order, and general banditry and chaos’.”
He stated that to sustain a democracy, an impartial and upright judiciary was a necessity.
“It is beyond dispute that to sustain a democracy in the modern world, an independent, impartial and upright judiciary is an absolute necessity. Therefore, the constitution, laws and policies of a country must ensure that the justice system is truly independent from other branches of the state,” Prof Ndulo stated.
“And it gives life to the promise that the rule of law safeguards the minority from the tyranny of the majority.”
He also observed that there was morbid fear of the evidence which would have been presented in court.
“In Zambia, it is quite evident that in the election petition, the Constitutional Court came under tremendous pressure and attack by forces that were orchestrated to prevent a hearing of the petition to take place. There appeared to be a morbid fear of the evidence to be submitted coming to the surface and hence the strenuous efforts made to prevent a hearing of the petition,” stated Prof Ndulo.
“In spite of such challenges, the judges must recognize that they are duty bound to provide society with the highest possible standards of service and commitment, and that a failure to maintain this is a betrayal of the judicial oath of office. Independence does not mean that judges can decide cases according to their personal preferences. To the contrary, judges have a right and duty to decide cases before them according to the law, free from fear of reprisals of any kind.” – Postzambia.com
The people of Central and Southern Africa will have a great chance to witness a partial solar eclipse today, Thursday 1 September, 2016
ECLIPSES IN LUSAKA, ZAMBIA
Max View in Lusaka is on Thursday, 1 September 2016, 10:45 ( http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/zambia/lusaka )
Global Type: Annular Solar Eclipse
Lusaka: Partial Solar Eclipse
Begins: Thu, 1 Sep 2016, 09:03
Maximum: Thu, 1 Sep 2016, 10:45
Ends: Thu, 1 Sep 2016, 12:36
Duration: 3 hours, 33 minutes
According to TimeandDate.com, this phenomenon is known as a Partial Solar Eclipse and happens when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth, but they don't align in a perfectly straight line. Because of this, the Moon only partially covers the Sun's disc.
The Sun looks like the Moon has taken a bite out of it. This is because the Moon casts the lighter, outer part of its shadow, the penumbra, on Earth.
ONLY AT NEW MOON
However, a new Moon is necessary for a partial solar eclipse to occur, but partial solar eclipses do not happen during every new Moon night.
This is because the plane of the Moon's orbital path around the Earth is inclined at an angle of 5° to the Earth's orbital plane (ecliptic) around the Sun. The points where the 2 orbital planes meet are called lunar nodes. Solar eclipses occur only when a new Moon takes place near a lunar node.
During a partial solar eclipse, the Moon's umbra completely misses the Earth. Everyone in the Moon's penumbra gets to see a partially eclipsed Sun. There are 3 distinct stages of a partial solar eclipse:
- Partial solar eclipse begins: The Moon starts moving over the Sun's disc.
- Maximum eclipse: The Moon partially covers the Sun. If you're somewhere in the eclipse's path, you'll see that the Moon appears to take a bite out of the Sun.
- Partial solar eclipse ends: The Moon stops covering the Sun.
PROTECT YOUR EYES!
Never look directly at the Sun, eclipsed or otherwise, without any protective eyewear. The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in the eyes leading to permanent damage or even blindness.
The only way to safely watch a total solar eclipse is to wear protective eclipse glasses or to project an image of the eclipsed Sun using a pinhole projector.
Video courtesy of Sibuku Malumbano
The Lusata traditional ceremony of the Mafwe people is due to take place in the first week of October, the 4th 2016.
The Mafwe tribe is originally found in both the Katima Mulilo region of the Caprivi strip, now Zambezi region of Namibia, and the surrounding border area and parts of Barotseland, separated only by the colonial demarcations drawn in the 19th century.
They share similar culture and customs with their Lozi counterparts of Barotseland; with a ‘Litunga’ who reigns and sits in his Kashandi, the current title holder being Chief George Simasiku Mamili. They also speak the Silozi lingua franca.
Their women and their men adorn the Musisi and Siziba dress just like the Lozi of Barotseland.
Any attendee to this ceremony will be left wowed by their rich cultural dances and immaculate dress, making the Lusata traditional ceremony, therefore, a must attend event this year.