Political Editor, Barotseland Post
The multi-million dollar Mongu-Kalabo road project has finally been completed.
Although it has been fully financed by donor countries, the road which has been on the political cards since 1964 is now widely and loudly publicized by the Zambian government to demonstrate and dispute the fact that Barotseland has been impoverished and abandoned by Lusaka since the ill-fated union of 1964.
It is now even naively hoped by Lusaka that this road alone is enough to pacify or even bring to an end the ever-growing calls for Barotseland independence.
Zambia’s national broadcaster, ZNBC, reports that Avic International, the contractor on the 286.9 million US dollar project is this month expected to hand it over to the Government.
The construction of the Mongu - Kalabo road, which is a 34 Kilometre stretch built in the Barotse plains with 26 bridges across it, finally started in August 2011, even though it has always been cited on the Zambian government yearly budgets since 1964.
The main bridge measures over 1 thousand metres across the Zambezi River.
Zambia’s Road Development Agency (RDA) Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, Loyce Saili, who inspected the road, said the agency is excited that the project has been completed within the contract period.
Ms Saili has appealed to road users to respect the speed limit and guard against vandalism of road signs.
And Avic International Site Manager Chen Yiju said over three thousand ‘local’ people were employed during the 5 year period of the road works.
Meanwhile, Resident Engineer from Rankin Engineering, Salah Gad, described the road as an engineering marvel which Zambia must be proud of.
LINYUNGANDAMBO YOUTH LEAGUE: PRESS STATEMENT ON THE ONSLAUGHTS OF ILLEGAL ARRESTS AND CONVICTIONS OF BAROTSELAND INDEPENDENCE LEADERS
Date: 26th March 2016.
The Linyungandambo Youth League wishes to express its position on the colonial Zambia’s trepidation over her undeniable loss of grip on Barotseland, hence her desperate spate of illegal arrests, kidnap, torture, detentions and convictions of Barotseland Independence leaders in a bid to silence pro-Independence voices and curtail any further progress in the National Restoration and Rebuilding process of Barotseland.
We would like to state without any hesitation that Zambia is an evil, satanic, barbaric, demonic and failed 'unitary' experiment that is comparable to none the world over; as evidenced by the recent illegal and irrational convictions of Rt. Hon. Kemmy Afumba Mombotwa, Administrator General of Barotseland, together with two Members of the Barotseland Transitional Government, Rt. Hon. Likando Pelekelo and Rt. Hon. Sylvester Kalima Inambao, as well as the latest arrests of Erich Lubasi Akakandelwa, Kalaluka Muleta, Nyambe Musialela and the many fellow intrepid compatriots (the Barotse Imilemas) which show desperation that only further proves the illegality of Zambia’s occupation of Barotseland.
We wish to state that nothing Zambia will do to us will stop us from our ambitious dream of a free and totally Independent Barotseland Kingdom. We would like to advise Zambia’s Lungu that he must not take our non-violent approach to this issue and our love for a peaceful reversion of our Country, Barotseland, for cowardice. Whether handcuffs, teargas, brutal killings and torturous disfigurements, illegal prosecutions, incarcerations and convictions; we are more than ready to experience these and any other inhuman treatment as long as it is for Barotseland our Country.
In fact we are, since 1964, Zambia’s prisoners by spiteful design and the only place we experience freedom is the maximum security prisons with our favourable charges of treason, sedition and secession. Our names are declared ‘seditious’, our history ‘criminal’, our cry for justice ‘secession’, our thoughts ‘seditious intentions’, our inheritance ‘treasonable’, our rights ‘selfish’, our deaths ‘a great milestone towards national unity’ and our daily life ‘seditious practices’.
We are now thirstier for those cells and prisons than ever before because, whether we liked it or not; we were Zambia’s designed prisoners and now we have since become immune to such treatment. We are ready to volunteer for imprisonment and come out more resolute than ever before, and the higher the number of Prison and Court graduates, the greater the impact of our struggle.
If Zambia dreams that by military occupation, we will give up on Barotseland, then she is mistaken because WE ARE BAROTSELAND! Therefore, how can we give up on ourselves?
Though numerous warnings have been given to the Zambia Government by many Barotseland leaders to cease administering Barotseland illegally, we would like to add and sound our own, that as Youths of Barotseland, we are nolonger going to tolerate Zambia taking us for granted.
It is often said that a word is enough for the wise, and that what goes up must surely come down.
History has no record of a freedom struggle that was started and later abandoned in failure and certainly has no record of any country that got Independence without breaking the unfavourable laws of the Occupying State. Are these laws not tailored in such a way as to impinge on our rights, including our very right to existence? May the wise in Zambia advise their President to stop pushing us too far!
Zambia's now ruling Patriotic Front party started by advocating for the unconditional restoration of the now dead Barotseland Agreement of 1964 and promised to honour it within 90 days; they published the once treasonable Barotseland Agreement 1964 in the Government Press, constituted the Rodger Chongwe Commission of Inquiry into the 14th January, 2011 killings and later back-peddled upon realizing that we, the people of Barotseland, were nolonger interested in the failed union, and upto this day the contents of the said Commission of Inquiry are still a mystery. But when we remind them, it becomes treasonable!
If it is war that Mr. Lungu wants, why can’t he just declare it instead of hiding in a mask of “Christian Nation” and yet act treacherous and blasphemous!
More importantly, we wish to call on all Barotse Nationals to snub Zambian politicians' electioneering in Barotseland since they have long rejected our very existence as human beings, although equally created in the image of God.
We, therefore, wish to reiterate our commitment as youths to the realization of a FREE BAROTSELAND; whether there is an enemy among us, we will not care because we cannot afford to care for many things, besides Barotseland.
It is our opinion that, like King Belshazzar of Babylon, Zambia’s Lungu is making false feasts in the House of the Lord (by calling for empty prayer, fasting and reconciliation feasts and also misusing His holy Name in vain by declaring a country rife with political violence, injustice, corruption, inhuman treatment and oppression of the spitefully marginalized, a Christian Nation) but his problem is he does not see the Writing on the Wall which says:
"And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would, he slew; and whom he would, he kept alive; and whom he would, he set up; and whom he would, he put down.
"But when his (Kenneth Kaunda’s) heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they (Chiluba and MMD) took his glory from him:
"And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the Most High God ruled in the kingdoms of men, and that he appoints over it whomsoever He will.
"And thou his son, O Belshazzar (Edgar Lungu), hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of Heaven; and they have brought the vessels of His house before thee (fasting and praying), and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:
"Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written. And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
"This is the interpretation of the writing:
"MENE; God has numbered your (Lungu’s) kingdom (Zambia), and has finished it (nolonger peaceful and economically sound).
"TEKEL; You (Lungu) are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting (treacherous for betraying the Barotse people).
"PERES; Your kingdom (Zambia) is divided (nolonger ‘UNITARY’), and given to the Barotzish and Nyasas.” - Daniel 5:19-28.
Finally, let us continue to pray for our leaders who are graduating by reaching a ‘point of no return’ in the Zambian courts and prisons. Let us all stand together for each other and remember that our battle with the Babylonians is almost over and soon the battle cry will sound to signify the end of Zambia’s control over our land to fulfil this saying:
"Fear ye not, standstill, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will show to you today: for the Egyptians (Zambians) whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace." - Exodus 14:13, 14.
It is time we stood and defended our territory from these lawless interlopers. Let us raise money for our leaders as we finally see what we seek to see; the integrity of the Zambian judiciary through the appeal case of the ten years sentenced to the trio.
May God bless Barotseland!
ISSUED BY THE LINYUNGANDAMBO YOUTH LEAGUE SECRETARIAT
ROYAL BAROTSELAND KINGDOM.
The BNFA executive committee (Excom) has disassociated themselves from Hon. Clement W. Sinyinda’s visit to Namuso BRE Kuta at Limulanga.
In a rare visit last week, considered by some sections of the Barotse community as a betrayal of the people’s call for independence, Clement W Sinyinda, the BNFA chairman, in the company of three others, visited the kuta for what was termed as ‘peace and reconciliation’ with the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE).
In 2015 and against the Barotse people’s independence aspirations of 2012, the royal establishment publicly reneged from their role in the pursuit of Barotseland’s human rights case against Zambia at the Banjul court of the African Commission for Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) in preference to continued servitude to Zambia. Therefore, anyone perceived to be ‘reconciling’ with the BRE would be considered to be collaborating with them.
Clement Sinyinda’s visit to the kuta led to immediate social media backlash, with the social media group, BWD, challenging the BNFA to state categorically what their actual dealings with the Zambian run BRE kuta were.
In response, the BNFA have said, in a press statement coming a week after Sinyinda’s Kuta visit, that they would conduct an 'internal inquiry' to establish the background to Hon. Sinyinda’s visit as well as what transpired at the Kuta. Accordingly, a follow-up statement will be issued after the said inquiry.
“With regard to the smear campaign that has ensured (ensued) on the online media against the BNFA and its leadership, I wish to categorically state that the organisation (BNFA) is intact, resolute and as committed as ever to the cause. We have never at anytime considered abandoning the Banjul process,” wrote BNFA Secretary General, Mungandi wa Muwina Mungandi in response to allegations that Hon. Sinyinda delivered a letter, to the BRE Kuta, withdrawing the BNFA from the Banjul process against Zambia.
Find here below the BNFA press statement as issued on their official website BNFA.INFO
VISIT TO NAMUSO KUTA BY HON. WC SINYINDA AND THREE OTHERS
Press statement by BNFA Secretary General, Mungandi wa Muwina Mungandi
The Executive Committee (Excom) of the Barotse National freedom Alliance (BNFA) has taken note of online news media reports concerning the visit to Namuso Kuta by four people of whom one was Honourable Clement Wainyae Sinyinda, the Chairman General of the BNFA. The Excom further takes note that the other three people in whose company Hon. Sinyinda was are not members of Excom and wishes to inform the public that the said visit to the Kuta was neither pre-planned nor envisaged by BNFA. However, in accordance with standard norms of procedure relating to management of public institutions and mass organizations, the Excom is currently conducting an internal inquiry to establish the background to the said visit as well as what transpired at the Kuta. Accordingly, a follow-up statement will be issued after the said inquiry.
With regard to the smear campaign that has ensured on the online media against the BNFA and its leadership, I wish to categorically state that the organisation is intact, resolute and as committed as ever to the cause. We have never at anytime considered abandoning the Banjul process. There is no such letter as one of the articles in question suggests. The BNFA considers the Barotseland Agreement 1964 (BA'64) as a dead document, which cannot and will never be resuscitated. Therefore, the issue of restoration of the BA'1964 is a non issue as it was dealt a death blow by the Barotse National Council (BNC) Resolutions of March 2012.
Some key members of the BNFA have been in this struggle consistently for over 20 years, they were key architects and participants in the BNC, and they were key participants of the BNC Resolutions committee that drafted the famous BNC Resolutions. There is simply no way that they can today be accused of abandoning the process and the cause. I wish to advise our colleagues that missiles directed at BNFA are purely misguided and wasted arsenal and effort aimed at the wrong target. Such efforts only end up aiding the common enemy more. They will do better to direct their efforts at the common enemy.
Although Zambia has no compulsory voting laws, Inspector General of police, Kakoma Kanganja, has sternly warned the so-called ‘newly formed Barotseland Liberation Army’, and anyone associated with it, of arrest and prosecution in a statement released to the media yesterday, 24th February 2016.
Kanganja’s warning was made in the wake of some randomly circulated and poorly printed ‘flyers’, purported to have been written and distributed by the so-called ‘newly formed Barotseland Liberation Army’, demanding a stop to Zambian electioneering in Barotseland, and the release of all Barotse political prisoners.
Kanganja’s media statement, as expected, has been parroted by some Zambian media without scrutiny and as ‘gospel’ truth, in a country where only the government’s view point on the Barotseland matter is permitted, while the media is either government controlled or largely muzzled. Independent thought on the subject matter is often assumed and treated as seditious or treasonable by the state.
However, Kanganja, and all the media parroting his warnings, should have known better.
There is nothing ‘new’ about the so-called ‘Barotseland Liberation Army’ as this is not the first time that the Zambian police or Zambian presidency has used it as an ‘excuse’ for seeking the mass arrests and persecution of the Barotse people. It is actually a far too familiar and worrisome pattern emanating from Lusaka, often used to create grounds for sending more soldiers and police to the Barotseland region, purportedly in search of the same non-existent liberation army.
Not long ago, in November 2012, then head of state Michael Chilufya Sata, claimed that the same so-called ‘Barotse Liberation Army’ had recruited thousands of ex-soldiers, ex-policemen and ex-poachers in their army. Then, Mr. Sata had found the perfect excuse to stand on a public podium, in the presence of several SADC military and security generals and officers at the graduation of some staff from a military college in Kabwe, to publicly order and command his Zambia Army Commander, Lt. General Erick Chimense and his Zambia Air Force counterpart, to send the new graduates from the military academy to Barotseland and ‘sort-out’ the Lozis in Lukulu.
“When you go there (Lukulu, Barotseland), there is no tribe; when you see…when they (Lozis) say ‘faa’; you fire (shoot)! When they say ‘eni sha’; fire! ‘Batili’; fire!” Sata had then commanded, as he expressly set a tone on how he wanted his army and air force to deal with the people of Barotseland demanding their rights to self-determination, and consequently to date, thousands of soldiers are still roaming Lukulu, and other parts of Barotseland, searching for the non-existent ‘Barotseland Liberation Army’.
The embedded video is an archived recording of Sata’s command to shoot Lozis in Lukulu of Barotseland, courtesy of the Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR), which was compiled to chronicle and report human rights abuses of the Patriotic Front led Zambian government, among them the abuse of the rights of the Barotse. This and other evidence has been sent and submitted to international bodies and interest groups such as the commonwealth and International Criminal Court of Justice (ICJ) by the CDDR and Barotseland transitional government respectively.
Earlier before Sata, in 2011 under Rupiah Banda’s Zambian government, similar poorly printed and tribally hateful flyers were circulated in the name of the peaceful and non-tribal Linyungandambo, threatening some tribes of Barotseland to return to Angola, their purported country of origin. Those ‘flyers’ were also not only a mere fabrication but were equally used by the police as a perfect excuse to overrun Mungu with a heavily armed police operation that left 19 innocent people dead and several injured, maimed or missing, while secondary schools where these soldiers and police had camped during the entire operation recorded very high and alarming records of teenage and underage school girls pregnancies, which according to the Zambian parliamentary debates, were directly caused by these Zambian security forces.
Nevertheless, what is true and what the Zambian Government, Police and Zambian media should interrogate is the fact that in 2012 the people of Barotseland overwhelmingly and unanimously decided to formally accept Zambia’s 1969 abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964, which was the only legal means by which Barotseland conjoined to the sovereign republic of Zambia. With this internationally and widely publicized 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) formal acceptance of the abrogation and annulment of the pre-independence agreement, Barotseland finally and officially resolved to pursue her self-determination outside of the borders of Zambia, a defacto break away from her then underlying status within Zambia.
What is also true is that, consequent to the 2012 BNC declaration of Barotseland independence, a transitional government, although yet to operate fully in the territory, was set up in August of 2013 headed by Administrator General, Afumba Mombotwa, who the Zambian police arrested and cited for treason over a year later on December 5th 2014. His and three others’ fate is yet to be determined in the Zambian High court. They have denied the charge of conspiring the secession of ‘western province’ from the rest of Zambia, arguing that they have no interest in any region called ‘western province’, but rather seek to question Zambia’s legality in Barotseland in the absence of the now defunct pre-independence treaty, the Barotseland Agreement 1964.
The Barotseland transitional government has, however, espoused, acclaimed and asserted Barotseland’s right to have a duly constituted defense force, and not a ‘liberation’ army, for the protection and defense of Barotseland’s sovereignty, in accordance with existing international laws and statutes.
The Barotseland government is also currently working hand in hand with all the major stake holders such as the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE), the Linyungandambo and the Barotse National Freedom Alliance, and all aligned Barotseland independence activist movements, in pursuit of not only international diplomatic recognition of Barotseland statehood but also for the entrenchment of the territorial government in Barotseland.
As for the 'Barotseland liberation army'; it may forever remain ‘newly formed’ in the minds of Lusaka, as the Barotseland matter is about international LAW and never about WAR.
Meanwhile, as 2016 Zambian electioneering continues, Kanganja ought to know that, unlike in some countries sach as Australia where voting is compulsory under their voting laws, in Zambia voting is not mandatory and choosing not to vote is not criminal, but rather an exercise of one’s freedom of conscience, expression and association.
Therefore, even under Zambian laws currently, the people of Barotseland can freely and peacefully decide to choose not to vote, and that would not be criminal. However, the real question is why should the Barotse participate in an election of the country they, in 2012 BNC, decided to declare independence from?
Find here below reproduced, Kakoma Kanganja’s warning statement as reported by the Zambian media including the government run Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC).
STATEMENT BY KAKOMA KANGANJA, ZAMBIA INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE
Issued to the Public and Media on 24th February 2016
"There has been distribution of fliers purportedly being produced by the so called Newly Formed Barotseland Liberation army indicating that they are not going to allow any politician from the Northern Rhodesia to hold any campaign rallies in Western Province in readiness for the forthcoming General elections.
We would like to categorically state as Zambia Police that we are not going to condone any individual or group of individuals who would want to abrogate the Laws in this country with impunity and as such we are going to ensure that all those that would be found wanting are arrested and prosecuted.
Zambia has enjoyed peace from the time it attained independence and as Zambia Police we shall ensure that the peace is preserved and sustained at all cost.
We believe we have sensitized people enough on the need to abide by the Law but it seems, to some pockets of individuals, such information seem to have been falling on deaf ears.
We are therefore warning all those that would want to cause confusion in this country that we are not going to tolerate them but ensure that they are arrested and taken to court.
We are also warning cadres of all political parties that they should always restrain themselves from engaging in violent activities in the name of politics as we are not going to spare anyone that would want to ignore the provisions of the law.
Zambia is a country that is governed by Laws and it is the duty of every individual to see to it that peace prevails at all times.
As an institution with the mandate of maintaining peace in the country, we shall always ensure that all people irrespective of their political affiliation are protected and that all their activities are conducted in a peaceful environment without any intimidation from any quota." Kakoma Kanganja, Inspector General of Police
The Zambian Watchdog has reported that Zambia’s outgoing president Edgar Lungu has picked a quarrel with Morocco and possibly Mauritania and Algeria for recognizing a disputed territory – Western Sahara.
The Watchdog is reliably informed that there is serious diplomatic tension between Zambia and Morocco after Lungu was seen posing for photos with the Western Sahara representatives.
Western Sahara, also known as Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, is a disputed territory on the northwest coast of Africa bordered by Morocco, Mauritania, and Algeria.
Morocco considers Western Sahara as one of its provinces, just as Zambia considers Barotseland as its Western province.
What Lungu has done is the same as other countries recognizing Barotseland as an independent country.
When he met Brahim Salem Buseif of the disputed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, president Lungu said Zambia has always supported the Saharawi people’s indisputable right to self-determination and independence. He said Zambia support the principles of self-determination and the inviolability of frontiers inherited from colonial powers.
These are the same arguments Barotseland is putting forward, but Lungu is willing to sympathize with Western Sahara but put in prison people of Barotseland who seek the same self-determination.
For his part, the Western Sahara envoy said,
“It is a great honor for me to be appointed to represent the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic before the Government of the Republic of Zambia.”
“I would like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude for the unwavering support and solidarity that Zambia provides to our just struggle for self-determination and independence.”
TEN (10) PRIORITY PRINCIPLES OF BAROTSE CHANGE MANAGMENT
What follows is the listing of Ten (10) Priority principles guiding our Barotse Change management. Using these as a systematic, ample framework, our leaders can understand what to expect, how to manage their own personal change, and how to engage the entire Bulozi and Barotzish in the course of our excruciating walk to complete freedom, taking on board, all those Barotse who should, onto the shore of freedom.
1. MAKE THE FORMAL CASE.
Individuals are inherently judicious and will question to what extent change is needed, whether or not the organisation is headed in the right direction, and whether or not they want to commit and involve personal substance to making the change happen. Once committed and involved then they will look to the leadership for answers to any questions encountered. The formulation of the Barotse Change as formal case for change and the creation of a written vision statement as 8th September, 2011 UDI and 27th March, 2012 BNC Resolutions as our FREEDOM MANDATE were done and are valuable opportunities to create and compel Barotse leadership-team commitment and compliance for three main reasons:
a. CONFRONTING THE REALITY OF OUR CHANGE and enunciating a convincing need for Barotse change, even in the face of isolated cases of dissident leaders, citizens and the victim ‘die hards’ of Zambian colonialism. They NEED to know that the change is irreversible, inevitable and the ultimate!
b. DEMONSTRATING DEVOTION AND CONFIDENCE that Barotseland has a viable future and the leadership will get us there, as a nation and state. If Sudan and others did it why can’t we do it; a more straightforward and unique political and economic scenario?
c. And last but not the least, PROVISION OF A ROAD MAP (provisional policy framework compendia) to guide behaviour and decision making; civic, international and investments.
Leaders must then adapt this message for various internal audiences, describing the pending change in terms that matter to the individuals. We thank God that we already have compendia of guiding documents for our government to take over business in Barotseland. Therefore, the materiality of our Barotse Change, as a formal case, needs to be planted on the ground. No one else will tell when, why and how to do so, other than ourselves. The Barotseland Independence case has been formalised already! Additionally, all is consistent with all applicable local and international legal frameworks.
2. CREATE OWNERSHIP.
Leaders of large change programs like Barotse Change must over perform during the transformation and be the zealots who create a critical mass among the citizens and work force in favour of change. This requires more than mere buy-in or passive agreement that the direction of change is acceptable. It demands primary ownership by leaders willing to accept responsibility for making change happen in all of the areas they influence or control. In our case ownership was best created when people were involved in crafting the solution as 27th March, 2012 BNC Resolutions and Mandate. This is reinforced by our tangible and intangible economic, political and psychological incentives and rewards in offering by the completely free nation of Barotseland determining her own destiny. We only have one Barotseland our heritage outside of which we are purely bond slaves to the nation of Zambia and her allies.
3. ADDRESS THE “HUMAN SIDE” SYSTEMATICALLY.
It is supposed to be common knowledge that any significant change or transformation creates “people issues”. For instance, BTG and BRA leaders are expected to step up efforts, jobs should be changed consequent to disengagement with Zambia and withdrawal of Zambian governance system, new skills and capabilities being a requisite and need to be developed, and some Barotzish being uncertain and resistant to our Change Programme. Dealing with such issues on a reactive, case-by-case basis puts speed, morale, and results at high risk. In scoring the ultimate these issues are unavoidable and should be done meticulously to tap the best from the human side of our people and for progress’ sake. It is quite suicidal to leave to common sense alone and take human side for granted. Reason, deliberate and concerted effort by leadership must act the obvious role.
4. COMMUNICATING THE MESSAGE.
Quite often, change leaders make the mistake of believing that others understand the issues, feel the need to change, and see the new direction as clearly as they do. The best change programs reinforce core messages through regular, timely advice that is both inspirational and practicable. Communications should flow in from the bottom and out from the top, targeted to provide subjects with the right information at the right time and to beseech their input and feedback. Often this will require over-communication through multiple, usually unwanted channels; besides the official media like Barotseland Post, Barotseland Television and Barotseland Radio. It is also quite important to pay attention to the silent communication – what is not being said in every communication, for full benefits of the integrated communication system.
5. START AT THE TOP.
This is because people find change characteristically unsettling at all levels of an organization. When Change is on the prospect, all eyes will turn to the leadership team for strength, support, and direction. Therefore, a formal tactic for managing change would have to begin with the leadership of Team Barotse and then engage key stakeholders and leaders. This demands as much data collection and analysis, planning, and implementation discipline as possible based on a realistic assessment of the Barotseland’s history, readiness, and capacity to change. Our leaders must fully embrace the Change and its new methodologies first, both to challenge and to motivate the rest of the Barotseland. The leadership must speak with one voice and model the desired behaviours. The Barotse Change management team also needs to understand that, although its public face may be one of unity, it, too, comprises individuals who are going through stressful times and in need of support, especially from the followers. Consequently, when our managerial teams work well in UNITY OF DIVERSITY AND EXUDING THE BAROTSE CHANGE then we will be best positioned for overwhelming success. But the Edwin Lubosi Syndrome (ELS) is worrisome and neither reliable nor progressive.
6. INVOLVE EVERY LEVEL.
As change programs progress from defining strategy and setting targets to design and implementation, they affect different levels of the organization. Change efforts usually must include plans for identifying leaders throughout the organisation, so that change “cascades” through the organization. At each layer (from Namuso to Munzi) of Barotseland, the leaders who are identified, appointed and trained or inducted must be aligned to the 2012 BNC’s vision and UDI, fully equipped to perform their function and implement their specific mission, and motivated to make Barotse Change materialize fully. The new and emergent BRA attitude to Barotse Change deserves remarking and nurturing. Let our dear parents know that they are no longer BRE but BRA and are expected to behave as such; in their pre-1964 stardom. They should not lurk behind for transition period is for them too just like BTG and Barotseland at large, to adjust accordingly for maximum function and capacity.
7. ASSESS THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE.
Successful change programs pick up speed and intensity as they flow down, making it critically important that leaders understand and account for culture and behaviours at each level of the organization. The mistake organisations often make is assessing culture either too late or not at all, resulting in dragged resolution of change. Thorough cultural diagnostics can assess organizational readiness to change, bring major problems to the surface, identify conflicts, and define factors that can recognize and influence sources of leadership and resistance. These diagnostics identify the core values, beliefs, behaviours, and perceptions that must be taken into account for successful change to occur. They serve as the common baseline for designing essential change elements, such as the new Barotse national vision, and building the infrastructure and programs needed to drive change mwa Bulozi. This may mean among others, making follow-ups to the recent cultural and leadership incongruence in Kaoma and Lukulu areas. Barotseland is one nation and its geographic boundaries designate the extent of its national culture. Zambia has been tempering with the border towns a lot for her own political mileage, against Barotse Change.
8. ADDRESS CULTURE EXPLICITLY.
Once the culture is understood, it should be addressed as thoroughly as any other area in a change program. Our leaders should be frank about the culture and underlying behaviours that will best support the new way of doing business in Barotseland, and find opportunities to model and reward those behaviours. This requires developing a reference point, defining an explicit end state or desired culture, and devising detailed plans to make the transition.
Barotseland or National (Silozi) culture is an amalgam of shared history, explicit values and beliefs, and common attitudes and behaviours. Barotse Change program is also the restoration of its culture, combining the 38+ sub-cultures as well as reinforcing the cultures. Understanding that all organisations like countries have a CULTURAL CENTRE; Barotse National Government and the BRA, as the locus of thought, activity, influence, or national and personal identification is an effective way to jump-start culture change. Let our cultural centre so function to full capacity.
9. INDIVIDUAL NETWORKING.
While Barotse Change is a national agenda it is also a very personal one. Barotzish spend many hours each week at work with many considering their co-workers as a second family. Individuals and teams of Barotseland need to know how their work will change, what is expected of them during and after the change program, how they will be evaluated, and what success or failure will mean for them and those around them. Team Barotse leaders should be as honest and explicit as possible. People will react to what they see or do not see and hear or do not hear around them, and notwithstanding all this they need to be involved in the Barotse change process anyway, because the masses form the majority of the playfield of Barotse Change without whom the results of Barotse Change will be meaningless to leaders. Eventually, when time and finances allow, highly visible rewards such as recognition, appointments, promotion and bonuses are provided as dramatic reinforcement for embracing the change. In contrast, sanctions or removals of people standing in the way of Barotse Change reinforce our country’s commitment to its newly established and espoused ethos.
10. PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED.
No change program goes completely according to plan. People react in unexpected ways; areas of anticipated resistance fall away, the external international environment shifting to support our oppressor Zambia militarily or through other means. So, effectively managing Barotse Change requires continual reassessment of its impact as well as the nation’s willingness and ability to adopt the next ripple of transformation. Served by real data and information from the ground (Barotse intelligence) and supported by firm decision-making processes, Barotse Change leaders can then make the adjustments necessary to maintain momentum and drive results home. Contingency Approach will then avail the alternative path in the face of the unexpected feedback; whether it is at AU, SADC, UN or other levels of consultations, negotiations or bargains in leveling down and off the political stalemate between Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia. Otherwise, procrastination is said to be a thief of time especially from the leaders’ perspective, leading to undesirable evaluation of leadership. On the other hand, followers tend to find ways of filling up the void of procrastination and delayment this way resulting in chaos and frustration of the change goals.
Most leaders contemplating change know that people matter for it is them who implement change and get affected by it cognitively or intellectually, physically, emotionally and otherwise, unlike policies, good buildings or development structures. It is all too tempting, however, for leaders to dwell on the plans and processes (the “hardware” side), which don’t talk back and don’t respond emotionally, opting out the encounter with the more difficult and more critical human “soft” issues. By mastering the “soft” side; the persware of Barotse Change, for instance, the mystery of leaders or Barotse citizens walking back over their word regarding the 2012 BNC mandate should be a bygone henceforth. BAROTSELAND’S COMPLETE FREEDOM WITHOUT BAROTSE’S LIBERATION FROM THE BONDAGE OF ZAMBIAN MINDSET IS NOT TRUE AND COMPLETE FREEDOM! With our UDI and 2012 BNC Mandate already in place and while we are seeking actualize our complete political and economic independence our disengagement from the Zambian mindset is the ultimate desired outcome in all Barotzish. While this cannot be an overnight task progress must be seen to this very end. Our people must be seen to THINK, SPEAK, ACT, SING, DRESS, WALK AND WORK less and less the Zambian way but more the Barotzish style. Given our newly found national value ecosystem the fruits are beaming with overpowering radiance in the horizon!
Part 01 can be found here
Tukongote Wa Mwanaa Nongolo!