Celebrating the King Lewanika Legacies: BAROTSE CHANGE Postulations – Part 1

19 January 2018
Author  Lindunda Wamunyima, Barotseland Post
FILE PICTURE: Lubosi Lewanika I, King of Barotseland, 1878 – 1916



The month of February is one of the famous months in the yearly calendar of Royal Barotseland Monarchy due to the precious history it bears for the current citizens and posterity of the nation and Kingdom. One such good reason is that from the royal reign progressions of the Barotseland Litungas from antiquity to date three of the Litungas, bearing the name Lewanika as namesakes, interestingly, share the month of February as either a birthday or deathday month, with King Mbikusita Lewanika II having been born on 03/02/1905 and died in the same month of February 07/02/1977.

Other than possible commemorations Barotse Change program would like to share with readers some great lessons from the lives and reigns of these great sons and Kings of Barotseland; in our quest to actualize our complete independence. Two of these brave men and Litungas ruled Barotseland as a sovereign country before there was any country called Northern Rhodesia and Zambia.


As a descendant of the Luyana lineage, he was born in 1842, near Nyengo Swamps in Kalabo district of Barotseland and died on 4th February 1916, at Lealui in Barotseland Protectorate. He served as Litunga No. 17 from Queen Mwambwa, the first traceable Litunga of Royal Barotseland Monarchy. This Lewanika was originally known as Robosi/Lubosi. His work in Barotseland, primarily southern part of the continent Africa earned him the title of “KING OF SOUTHERN AFRICA”. Having died on 14th February 1916 his centenary since his passing away was on 14th February, 2016 in the historic transition to completely independent New Barotseland!

Celebrating the King Lewanika legacies could mean learning serious lessons from the life and accomplishments of Litunga Lubosi Lewanika I, in some or all of the following observed facts and obligations:

1. He was the King who restored the line of Lozi kings that recovered control of Barotseland (Bulozi) in 1885, in the decades following the 1851 death of the Kololo conqueror, Sebetwane. So, instead of the current Monarch aiming at restoring the defunct BA ’64 and in the wake of the feeble BRE today Barotseland needs a Monarch who stands ready, from the inspirations of February, and reiterate Lubosi Lewanika’s legacy to DELIVER BACK (RESTORE) BAROTSELAND’S SOVEREIGNTY usurped from her by Northern Rhodesia. Both Barotse Royal Authority (BRA) and Commoners are needed to restore the Silozi culture that was recovered by action of BNC UDI Mandated control of New Barotseland (Bulozi) on 27th March, 2012 in the years following the disintegration of Zambia to the pre- 1964 party states?

2. Fearful of attacks from the Portuguese in Angola to the west and from the Ndebeles (Matabele) to the east, Lewanika brought Barotseland under British protection. Today Barotseland is not a British Protectorate but Royal Democratic Monarchy SEEKING HER ULTIMATE INDEPENDENCE from the black - on - black colonialism and other –isms emanating from the bogus and failed unitary statehood of Zambia. What is your pledged role?

3. Lewanika expanded Lozi control to include the territory in the map of our reclaimed country. One of the 2012 UDI imperatives is to RESTORE THE TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY AND EXPANSE OF BAROTSELAND, as rightfully detailed in the map drawn on 11th June 1890 during the partition of Africa and about seventy-four (74) years before the birth of Zambia.

4. Although Lewanika sought friendship with and the protection of Great Britain, he was led into signing the Lochner Concession in June 1890—which assigned mineral and trading rights of Barotseland to the British South African Company (BSAC)—without a full understanding of what the agreement implied. He believed he was signing an agreement with the British government and was unhappy to learn otherwise. Similarly, the time has come for all Barotse Change betrayers to REPENT BOTH FROM THE ENGAGED AND ATTEMPTED BOGUS DEALS AND ATONE FOR ALL GOVERNMENT MODIFIED OPTIONS (GMOs) TO BA’64 THAT ARE INCONSISTENT AND VARIANT TO THE 2012 BNC UDI MANDATE.

5. Missionaries of the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society, led by François Coillard, were given permission to set up Mission Stations in Barotseland. The Lubosi Lewanika legacy today is looking for leaders who can engage both local and global investors to complement each other, in driving our Core Business of economic and political freedom for the ultimate liberation of New Barotseland from the shackles of Zambianism. Therefore, Barotzish need to pledge pre-requisitely by investing their energies, to prepare a CONDUCIVE INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT, in entrenching the core business of Barotse Change in whatever way possible at personal and corporate levels.

6. Lewanika consented to abolish the Slave Trade, especially in Barotseland his country early in the 20th century, on 16th July, 1906. This means that Barotseland’s forced political cohabitation with Northern Rhodesia as misnomered Zambia for nearly 50 years of servitude is a serious hostility to King Lubosi Lewanika’s legacy. It is a clarion call to all well-meaning descendants and subjects of the Kingdom to BRING A LASTING HALT TO THE MODERN DAY SLAVERY PRACTISED BY ZAMBIANS ON BAROTZISH AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION THEREOF.

7. King Lewanika: the famous “Liwanika”, “Tautona” or Tautuna, “Lion King”, The Litunga, The Earth, as just a few of the litumo or eulogizing names given to the King, Litunga of Barotseland, Lubosi Lewanika, during his reign. This year on 4th February, 2018 marks the 2 years after the centennial of his death and the intended beginning of age-long commemorations of his extraordinary life and influence on the Barotseland and the world, as a result of his reign from 1878 to 1916, in two intermittent regime phases as 1878 – 1884 and 1885 – 1916. May the current King Lubosi Imwiko II and all prominent leaders of Barotseland rise to the occasion and ensure that their praises and names each leave a good legacy to be engraved in Barotseland Hall of Fame as did King Lubosi Liwanika; AND not in the Hall of Infamy. Additionally, Lubosi Lewanika legacy as “Tautona”, “Lion King”, should EVOKE THE PROWESS OF A LION IN BAROTZISH in the repossession of our land the “Litunga” and fulfill the national slogan “Litunga ni Lyetu” – the earth, Barotseland is ours!

8. His signing of the Ware Concession on 27th June, 1889 and the signing of the Lochner Concession on 26th June, 1890 both present him with international accolades, as a successful native, international politician and leader. Let all those engaged in political dialogues leading to the signing of different agreements and concessions of today in the name of Barotseland do so honestly in the SPIRIT OF THE 2012 BNC UDI MANDATE, ultimately for the economic freedom and well-being of our country New Barotseland.

9. Additionally, he was a scholarly, literate and well-informed individual and King. Because of his work, Barotseland was recognized as a nation-state already during the partition or scramble for Africa – the land we have reclaimed from the failed unitary state of Zambia. Today Barotseland is looking for willing, available and able sons and daughters to position their country in her right regional and global perspectives of the 21st century and beyond.

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