Media Editor, Barotseland Post
In 1965, Kenneth Kaunda’s Zambian government disbanded the Church of Barotseland, seized its entire church infrastructure, land and all other assets, reallocating them to the newly formed United Church Zambia, UCZ, which Kaunda formed in the guise of ‘unity’ as propagated in Zambia’s motto of ‘One Zambia One Nation’!
Kaunda’s argument then was that, with the political liberation of Zambia, there was an urgent need to unite the Church of Barotseland with the Church of Central Africa in Rhodesia (mission work of the Church of Scotland), the Union Church of Copperbelt, the Copperbelt Free Church Council and the Methodist Church in line with the newly coined ‘One Zambia One nation’ motto!
An inside report received from Zambia’s Mukobeko Maximum Prison has indicated that Afumba Mombotwa (60), Pelekelo Likando (64) and Sylvester Inambao Kalima (57) face sustained psychological abuse and torture inflicted by some named Zambian prison warders assigned to torment the imprisoned Barotseland independence leaders.
Specifically named in the report is one state agent, named only as Mwangala, a warden of Lozi descent like the three political prisoners, deliberately assigned by the State to constantly torture and hurl verbal abuses on the trio, mocking them about their ‘misguided’ dream for Barotseland independence which will never materialise.
Prison Officer Mwangala reportedly uses unpalatable, nasty and abusive words towards the Barotseland leaders serving 15 years jail sentence in Zambian prison, threatening that instead of freedom, they should expect to die in Kabwe’s Mukobeko Maximum Prison!
While some Zambians, and even some Barotse people, still doubt the validity and legitimacy of Barotseland’s claim for independence and its quest for international recognition as an independent state, many will be surprised to learn that some countries in the world are already seriously educating their learners about Barotseland’s legitimate claim for independence from Zambia.
This was the case in Britain’s favorite quiz competition University Challenge which features contestants in a BBC televised academic quiz show where teams of students from UK universities answer questions on all manner of subjects.
The contestants are chosen from multiple disciplines ranging from undergraduate to postgraduate levels.
In Episode 29 of Season 48, first televised this week on Monday, 25th February of 2019 at 8:30 pm, the show featured Durham University and Edinburgh University, in which one of the questions was about Barotseland and its quest for recognition as an independent state.
Barotseland is indeed endowed with plenty of wildlife with an extensive variety of animal species of all kinds, including the Big Five game animals; the Barotse elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros.
The pangolin is the most heavily trafficked wild mammal in the world, often trafficked because their scales are prized in traditional Chinese medicine.
Last month of September 2016, the Pangolin was again in the international media because they were a subject at a big conference about protecting wildlife that took place in South Africa. The pangolin is such a rare and endangered species that it even has its own special commemorative day, the world pangolin day, which takes place on the third Saturday of February every year.
Barotseland is, therefore, truly blessed to be home to a couple of pangolin varieties.
A Moving Tribute to Honorable Paul J Masiye Masiyaleti by Nalule Mukelabai Chiyomba.
May I take this opportunity to convey my message of condolences, tribute and farewell to the Late Hon. Paul Masiye Masiyaleti.
I knew your name since I was a small boy because of the great relationship you shared with my own late father Mr Mukelabai Eric Nawa who died in 2005 while serving as a teacher at Lukona Secondary School (MHRIP).
You two looked alike, loved and cared about each other as if you were born from one and the same mother.
When your friend my father died, we his children and family had hope because you his partner was still there. Unfortunately, today you too have gone where your best friend is. Will you, please, greet him for us and tell him that we miss him dearly?
In national duty, you did your job professionally as a teacher, and many successful individuals today enjoy a happy and fulfilled life because of your contribution through the knowledge you imparted in them.
They will remember and miss you.
Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best this wonderful holiday has to offer, and may this incredible time of giving and spending time with family bring you the joy that lasts throughout the coming year.
May each day of the New Year bring you pleasant surprises like the curled petals of a flower that spread sweet fragrance slowly as it unfolds layer by layer.
No Year can be a bed of roses. But we wish you the courage and confidence to turn each obstacle into opportunity during the coming New Year.
Genuine success comes only to those who are prepared for it!
Therefore, never step back and always have the courage to accept new challenges in this coming year.