Should Barotseland Take Part In Zambia's Independence Jubilee Celebration? - Saleya Kwalombota

  The term 'Independence Day' simply refers to the day when a nation was declared independent from its colonialists. 24th October, 1964 was a joyous and historic day for Zambia, when the republic was born through the union of British colony of Northern Rhodesia and a British protectorate of Barotseland through the BA64 international treaty.  With the population of less than five million people, the country burst into celebrations as the colony flag was being lowered and the Zambian national fl...


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Let Us Be Wary Of Traitors amongst Barotseland Activists As Zambia Runs Out Of Ideas to Halt Our Independence.

Colonialism, in the traditional sense, ended as European countries started fighting over colonies (the World Wars) and in effect, weakened each other in the process.  Colonized people, the world over, saw their chance to break free as they realized that their masters or colonizers are not as mightier as they claimed. If it was all about being mightier, Britain could not have suctioned independence of Zambia in that case. ZAMBIA SHOULD RESPECT THE LAW OF NATIONS THAN CONCEPT OF "MIGHTIER&...


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Customs of Barotseland by Ben Taulo Masule

Language Silozi is the National language while English remains as the official language. Marriage and Family Long marriage engagements are common, so is living together before or instead of marriage. Only civil marriages are legal, but many couples also have a religious ceremony. The average Barotzish family has two children or more. Both parents often work outside the home. At home, they may share some household duties, but women are still generally considered responsible for many of them...


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PF Has Not Delivered on Election Promises such as Restoration of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 – Sacika

Former Secretary to the Cabinet Sketchley Sacika says the Patriotic Front has not delivered on its major campaign promises in their three years of being in power. Sacika warned that the PF risk losing power if they did not address the issue of the major campaign promises they made to the Zambian people. He said that among the highly publicized campaign issues was the constitution making process and the restoration of the Barotseland Agreement. “Mr Sata was reported in the papers and the med...


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From Zambian prison over Barotseland, Nayoto Mwenda charges that there is No Jubilee for Zambia because the union between Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia already broke

Left: Sir Mwanawina III, Litunga of Barotseland and Kenneth Kaunda at the dawn of Zambia's Independence. Right: Sir Mwanawina III and Queen Victoria of UK at the latter's visit to Barotseland in 1960 There is no jubilee for Zambia because both Barotseland kingdom and Northern Rhodesia which formed the failed 'unitary' state of Zambia have reverted to their original statuses. Therefore, let the Zambian government live up to reality instead of deceiving Zambians that there will be celebrating ...


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Visiting Barotseland Kingdom as a Tourist by Ben Taulo Masule

Picture: Tiger Fishing in Barotseland – courtesy of www.zambezifishing.com Being a tourist is awesome. So awesome that the World Tourism Organization WTO has set an annual day of observance to highlight tourism's social, cultural, political and economic value. In honor of World Tourism Day, celebrated September 27, we've compiled 20 reasons it's great to be a camera-toting out-of-toner with a sudden need to stand in line for a Renaissance art museum. What are your favorite things about bein...


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'Hypocritical' Zambia to officially commemorate ‘Unity’ through Kaunda’s One Party State 1972 Choma Declaration but continue to ‘Criminalize’ the Barotseland Agreement 1964

The Zambian government will this year hold commemorations for the 1972 Choma Declaration which effectively turned Zambia into a one party dictatorship. The Zambia News and Information Service (ZANIS) reports that preparations are under way for the commemoration which will be held at the site where Kenneth Kaunda and Harry Mwanga Nkumbula signed the declaration. The Zambian government says the 1972 Choma declaration was a symbol of peace and unity hence giving it space in the history of the co...


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  • its Over 01.10.2014 14:08
    Like the failed case of Scotland and Quebec, barotseland can not stand alone and will be prosperous if it stays with Zambia The ...

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  • its Over 01.10.2014 14:01
    Hope Mwenda is spending his time in prison reflecting on his conduct and the none cause that he and his fellow misguided youths ...

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  • Ackson Lubinda 25.09.2014 07:35
    Long live Malozi komuinzi, bulozi ki bwa luna

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  • Kabisoi 25.09.2014 05:11
    Well spoken Sir. We heard of the plans by these 'Zambians' to spy on our leaders' whereabouts and we know that they are also trying ...

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  • Saleya Kwalombota 24.09.2014 16:30
    Hon. Nayoto I personal admire your courage and really you are heroic. One day will sing our song of our land and raise our flag of ...

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  • Kabisoi 23.09.2014 13:53
    Malozi komuliten'i kaufela never give in to these acts of terrorism by Zambia. Enough is enough. Being a Judas will just make you end ...

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  • Kabisoi 22.09.2014 06:16
    Kiniiti shangwe. forward ever, backward never. Mulozi a kisilukenge kuli a zamaye 'pindingi kukuta pindingi!' as the Lozi adage ...

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  • Kabisoi 19.09.2014 10:18
    Well, that was democracy indeed at work; clean and void of harassments and imprisonments. Our case is different anyway because ...

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  • Liseli Kalaluka 19.09.2014 10:11
    Atleast the Scotts have peacefully chosen their own destiny of staying in union with Britain. Thrilling moments! However, Barotseland ...

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  • wamu 19.09.2014 07:45
    The people have spoken.Mr. Alex Salmond is a brave man and he has done his part. A big lesson is people should not loose sight over ...

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  • Luseso Mutimbwa 17.09.2014 13:19
    This should have given ba Zambia a lesson; kakuli babanani ngana dont fight but they do reason, after ya Scotland, next will be ...

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  • Kabisoi 16.09.2014 09:34
    Oh yes! Aluta continua Barotseland. Muyoyange mubuso waluna Barotse Interim Government. we are behind you.

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    Mutompehi Kwalombota, Kule moyo: Lu lila bupilo! Your article posted on the Watch[censored] re 'What are the Benefits of an Independent ...

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Every Mondays and Fridays at 17:00hrs to 17:15hrs, let’s commit Barotseland in prayer. The Lozis in the Army and police working with our foes, you can say your prayers silently in your hearts. God has already answered our prayer so we need to thank him as much as we can.

(Jerome Delay, File/ Associated Press ) - FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, Zambian president Michael Sata waves after taking the oath of office on the steps of the top court in Lusaka, Zambia. Sata, who completes two years in office on Friday, faces a separatist movement in western Zambia. More than 60 Zambians are charged with treason for allegedly seeking to run their own affairs in the country’s Western Province 

By Associated Press, Published: September 18

LUSAKA, Zambia — A prominent separatist group in Zambia is called Linyunga-ndambo, which means “that which shakes the neighbor” in a regional language. And the more than 60 Zambians charged with treason for trying to secede did shake things up this week when they told magistrates that they can’t be tried because they are citizens of another state.

A key figure who was not in the courtroom on Tuesday is Afumba Mombotwa, a former official at the Zambian foreign ministry who was educated in London and is now on the run. He is the founding chairman of the separatist movement in Western Province, and has declared himself administrator of the so-called Royal Barotseland government, which seeks to run its own affairs.

Britain’s colonial history in the region as well as ethnic divisions form the backdrop to a dispute that has compounded problems for President Michael Sata. He completes two years in office on Friday amid concerns about his health as well as reports of political infighting with the next presidential and legislative elections coming in 2016. The ruling Patriotic Front Party had pledged more jobs as well as a review of tax laws for Zambia’s copper mines so as to allot more money to development, but separatists in the impoverished west say the region has not received the promised benefits, and they want to chart their own way.

Many residents in the rural area rely on maize and other crops, as well as cattle-raising, for their livelihoods. There is a lack of paved roads and other basic services in the province. Some critics have accused the central government of intentionally denying funds to the politically troublesome area in past years, but central authorities have said they are committed to building more roads, clinics and schools there.

The separatists who were rounded up by police denied the charge of treason, which carries a maximum penalty of death, at the court hearing in Mongu, the capital of Western Province. They argued that it was illegal for Zambian courts to try them and said other organizations — the United Nations, for example, or the African Union — could set up a tribunal to handle their cases.

Magistrate Benson Mwanandiwa adjourned the case to Oct. 2, saying such issues should be decided by the southern African country’s High Court, which is the only tribunal that can hand down a death sentence.

Zambia has blocked local access to several separatist websites, including those of the Barotse Post, Limulunga Post and Barotseland Radio.

Western Province, a former British protectorate called Barotseland and home to the Lozi ethnic group, was united with the rest of Zambia at independence in 1964, but separatists want implementation of an old agreement that provided for self-rule. Anti-government rallies have occasionally turned violent.

Separatist leader Mombotwa, who studied sociology at the University of London and took a communications course at another school in London, worked for the Zambian government first as a cotton officer in the ministry of agriculture and then in the communications department of the foreign ministry until he retired in 2010. Mombotwa, 58, then formed Linyunga-ndambo, one of several breakaway groups in the province.

“The law will deal with him severely because he can’t declare a state within a state,” Defense Minister Geoffrey Mwamba, told national broadcaster ZNBC.

Mombotwa has said he wants a transitional government in Western Province for up to three years, followed by democratic elections that would elect a prime minister to serve in collaboration with a traditional monarch.

Some people in Western Province are concerned about the separatist push. David Kunyanda, a small retail trader in Mongu, said secession would hurt his business.

“Breaking away from Zambia will bring trade difficulties on people like me and even more misery on ordinary people, most of whom are now oppressed by poverty,” Kunyanda said.

“We need development and not secession.” - Courtesy of The Washington Post:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/separatists-in-zambia-say-they-want-out-despite-development-pledges-from-central-government/2013/09/18/613f3d28-207c-11e3-9ad0-96244100e647_story.html

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swine ni mabemba ba hao muta nyela bupi ni mupweletete.Nak o ifakaufi kuli uzibe kamunu iluki.
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