Barotseland Development Forum
Welcome to the Barotseland Development Forum. The objective of this on-line forum is to discuss and share ideas and information on the theme of social and
economic development for the people of Barotseland, Western Zambia as well as the conservation of its unique physical environment.
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environment, healthcare, craft and other productive skills, political and economic organisation, language and other communicative skills but the
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Name:David Sililo Whitehead Toho ye Sweu
Message for YUYI LIBAKENI - I can't reach you by e-mail via your son Mark, so I will attempt to speak to you via this forum.
Dear Bo Ndate Yuyi,
Ni tumezi ahulu sha. I was so pleased to get your message, years ago, telling me that my father had advanced credit of ± £30 to your Grand father Yuyi W Mupatu of Makapulwa school to help start a trading store on the Luyi River near Senanga. I hope you don’t mind but I wish to quote what you said in a book I am writing about RFSutherland and my father who ran barges from Katambora to Mongu, Kalabo and Balovale. Is that OK?
Yes – I knew Jonathan Lichilana and Lishomwa Muuka + Mala his wife when I was lecturing at UCRN in 1961-64. I lost touch completely with Lishomwa; Mala when they left Lusaka. I had stayed with them when I was on my way by road to Malawi in 1986.
I am meeting Hugh Macmillan next week. I shall show him your message.
Heather Chalcraft of Lowdown I haven’t met but I am in comms with Gill Staden and Clare Mateke in Livingstone.
I hope you can send me the notes you were compiling on the installation of the Litunga.
I have thought I might ask Lubosi II, the present Litunga, to write a Preface for my book. Through the kindness of David MOIR (of Likaka lodge) proceeds from sale of the book will go towards building a school on the river 20-25 km from Katima Mulilo.
My best wishes to ALL your extended family. Mu siyale fo Mulena
Sililo Toho ye Sweu.
17 Jamaica drive, Capri, Sunnydale, 7975, S Africa
Name:Ndate Njekwa wa Akebu
Its suprising how strangers are distorting our history and culture we in barotseland have lived side by side and as brothers for centuries with those that come from distant lands. We are indeed now one though they are trying hard to even call what in LUYANA ATE CLANS AS TRIBES,let me just make it clear here the lozis called them selves by diffirent names for due to various circumstances iam suprised that even those with the knowledge of our tradition have not clarifierd this for example iam KWANDI SO IS THE ROYAL HOUSE HOLD but did you know that KWANDI,KWANGWA,NYENGO,MBOWE ETC are not tribes but clans??IF i live in the plan iam KWANDI(AKWA NDI(FISH)if i go and live in the high land kwa mushitu i will be KWANGWA(UKUKANGWA TO FAIL)I HAVE FAILED TO LIVE WHERE THE LOZIS ARE in short i can be called by a diffirent name from the members of my own farmily who are in the plain etc.So lets not distort history!!muyoye aluyi.
Kwa bana ba poho ye nsu living in Diaspora. Barotseland needs you. If you feel like being a part of Barotseland where ever you are, please get in touch with me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to talk. Pass the word on. Nokushimba!!!
Name:Keith Akataama Nalumango
As for me, I offer my expertise in legislative procedure, public broadcasting and civil society management to Barotseland.
In 1913-14, James Soanes Campbell (makwengula) was asked by King Lewanika to dig a canal around the Ngonye Falls. The project was never completed probably because it was interrupted by WWI. The 4 mile-long channel that was excavated with dynamite can still be clearly seen today from the air, say via Google Earth. I propose asking the Litunga to consider restoring and renaming this channel LEWANIKA'S CANAL in honour and memory of the greatest Lozi King who ever lived.
Likewise the new bridge crossing the river at Maziba bay could be named the LEBOSI BRIDGE. What do readers think? When the new all-weather road is completed, tourist traffic will increase and Bulozi will be in the spotlight as never before.
N.B. King Lewanika was responsible for excavating the many canals crossing Lebala ya Bulozi - see Figure 11 in "The Hidden Hippopotamus" by Prof Gwyn Prins.
before I found someone to marry, my dad told me never to marry Lozi nor Tonga woman, for reasons known to himself. However, I fell in Lozi with this sexy well behaved Lozi girl and when i told dad about it, he just said 'i can tell you that in each tribe, there are good people and bad ones, you are lucky to have found a good Lozi girl'. whatever his reasons were, i dont care because I am joined with the most wonderful family, the nicest father in law and a group of very Loving Lozi inlaws. Should the secession succeed, well i will stick to my wife wherever we will be staying. One thing I know about Western Province is that the taste those fishes, rice and how easy it would be to build given the sand. But that aside, a lay man's eye can tell that under those sands, lies gold and oil and we just need to tap it. That those tasty mangoes need to be processed into juices and dry mangoes. who can do this for the province? Politicians? Litunga? or ourselves? !
or China, japan or USA? we can do this if we work together
I am more than delighted, to have discovered this enlightening and vigorous website. Having lived in UK for over 40 years, I feel that it is about time I looked back to my homeland, where my family and friends live. It is delightful to learn about ones History, and I am doing that now, to educate myself of what Barotseland means, and how our Kingdom was born.And with the impending conflict about the 1964 Agreement and what has gone on thereafter, these are issues we need to look into and get them resolved as soon as it is practically possible.However, while this Barotseland question remains to be resolved, this is no execuse for stopping us developing Barotseland. I am very keen to play my part in this aspect, and I sincerely hope that my connections here in UK and Europe in general will help a great deal.I have read some interesting emails relating to Projects we can begin to start tackling, and I go along many of the proposals put forward.I am hoping to visit Zambia this y!
ear to prepare myself for returning home permanetly in a few years time, and anyone who would like to keep in touch with me, is welcome. I would like to meet and talk to as many people as possible, during my visit to Zambia. I will keep looking at this website regularly, to update myself of what is happening in Barotseland in particular, and Zambia generally.Please keep in touch whenever you can!The Barotse people have many attributes. We are brave (from past history), honest and hard-working.Our constant diet of fish makes us intelligent and resourceful.
Gerald Caplan's Elites of Barotseland is fairly easy to get hold of at a reasonable price in the US and UK, by contrast, Gervas Clay's Your Friend Lewanika is much harder to obtain, with very few copies still in circulation and fetching very high prices. Really, these books need republishing in paperback so that a wider audience can access these works.
BTW, my book - Historical Constructions of Postcolonial Citizenship and Subjectivity: the Case of the Lozi Peoples of Southern Central Africa - which Bo Libingi quotes from selectively below, is available from LAP Publishing, Germany ISBN 978-3-8433-6703-5 altho the price is around 79 Euros unfortunately.
Impressed, at long last we have a platform, to share the hidden truths and rich knowledge about our beloved state of Barotseland. My suggestion to you is consider publishing books that were banned by Kaunda on Barotse history, such books as: Your Friend Lewanika"andThe elites of Barotseland, to mention a few. This will stop other people from stifling the truth.
All oil prospecting has neglected to visit lake Nalusa near Lealui but - every one around knows that as the level in it goes low the surface is covered in a thin film of a parafin like substance that makes it impossible to drink water from this lake say in september to November. I suggest drilling a 400m hole at the end of the lake known as Libitwa. How much can such a hole cost?
KOLA HISTORY NARATION WITH A MISSING LINK www.chekechambunda.org/News18.htm
Reading a concoction of the Luyi/Lozi History posted on www.barotseland.com/earlyhistory.pdf, the piece of fairytale stories make an interesting and disappointing account held as history today by scholars of history. It reveals a lost generation, caused by missionaries and colonial masters with intent to black out a missing link and blasphemy. Mbunda history www.chekechambunda.org/Mbunda Origin.htm, is elaborate and a missing link in all these stories. Check Lunda Kingdom and Traditional polities
1) 1500, Ruund (Luunda) state founded.
2) A Luba hunter Chibinda Ilunga married not “Lueji, the granddaughter of a minor Lunda Chief and later became the Mwata Yamvo” , but Queen Yamvu, alas, “a princess from an area to the south. Their son became the first paramount ruler of the Luunda creating the title of Mwanta Yaav” as recorded at www.barotseland.com/earlyhistory.pdf, and dropped the title “Naweeji”.
3) 1690, the ruler adopts the style Mwaant Yaav (Mwaanta Yaava).
4) “It seems that Kinguri and Chinyama, brothers of Lueji, were not satisfied with the alien leadership of Chibinda and left to form new areas of influence elsewhere”. Other school of thought show that, they were dead scared of the possibility that, Nkonde the warrior brother of princesses Yamvu’s coming back.
5) “According to Oliver and Atmore, Chinyama is credited as having gone to the Zambezi valley”. Other school of thought show that, when Chinyama reached Luena in Angola now, he received reports that Mbundas have passed through and trekked south. He therefore decided to go eastwards to avoid confrontation with Nkonde’s people, the Mbundas.
6) “Creation myths” “According to some Lozi myths and legends, the Lozi God, Nyambe (literally ‘no speaking’ or ‘one who does not speak’), was living in the Libonda area with his wife, Nasilele (‘one associated with long things’), and mother, Ngula”. This is not myths but blasphemy.
7) The complete silence of the writers off course with censorship from the Lozi Kings, on the Aluyi/Mbunda interaction on the Makololo War in 1830 and establishment of Sikufele Chieftainship at Lukwakwa, now in Manyinga, Kalabo district is a deliberate move to wipe out the Mbunda History, just like the Missionaries and colonialists did in Kola. Mbundas are reported negatively to have been in conflict with Aluyi as follows:
i) “In much of the tradition on Mboo, mention is also made of the ‘Andonyi’, an enemy that came from the west that proved a
formidable foe. The notion of enemies and bad witchcraft
emanating from the west was to become a recurring theme during this era. The Andonyi, with whom the Luyi must have clearly been in some sort of attritive conflict, now started to be seized by fever and this rendered them powerless permitting the Luyi to kill them in large numbers. Thus the Andonyi were repulsed from the Luyi homeland although they retreated only as far as the western boundary of the flood plain, where the Lukona forest begins from where they continued to harass all those who passed through. It is suggested here that the Andonyi might well have been the Mbunda who were to share much of Luyi/Lozi history in the ensuing years, indeed, right up to the present day. Meanwhile all peoples from the west were termed Wiko or Mawiko, a term (sometimes used depracatingly) in use up to the present day as far east as Kaonde”.
56 A. Jalla, Silozi-English Dictionary [Revised and Enlarged] (United Church of Zambia, Lusaka, 1982), p. 224.
57 Interview with Buxton Simasiku (Induna Amulimukwa), Mwandi, 01-09-2001
58 Interview with Wakunuma Wakunuma, Headmaster of Libonda Basic School, 14 to 16-08-2001
59 A.D. Jalla History, Traditions and Legends of the Barotse Nation, translated copy of original Sikololo manuscript located in document archive of the Institute of Economic and Social Research (INESOR [old Rhodes-Livingstone Institute]), Lusaka, dated 1909, p. 1
61 The original Ikatulamwa was washed away but another village of the same name now also stands on the banks of the Zambezi to the west of the original.
62 Jalla, History, Traditions and Legends…, p. 5.
63 M. Mainga, ‘Origin of the Lozi: some oral traditions’ in Eric Stokes and Richard Brown (eds.), The Zambesian Past: Studies in Central African History (Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1966), p. 244.
Mbunda History clearly shows that Mbundas have never taken war to anyone. The tribe spoken of here could have been the Mbukushus who were repulsed from Barotseland and most of them are now in Namibia. Otherwise, how can this be explained?: “Mwanambinje (who was endowed with great powers of magic) is credited with having been the first Luyi/Lozi leader to subdue peoples south of Bulozi including the Mbukushu on the right bank of the Zambezi in what became Caprivi, who were apparently fracturing under the stress of succession disputes. It is from these succession disputes that the Subia are said by the Lozi to have emerged. Mwanambinje, but took this further by extending the lands under Luyi influence beyond the Victoria Falls and up to Hwange in present-day Zimbabwe. Returning from the Falls, Ngombala then sailed up the Kwando, subduing peoples such as the Yeyi, and Mbukushu, posting sentinels on the way and finally making allegiances with the Mbunda in present day south-eastern Angola, offering them hospitality in Bulozi should they ever need it before re-entering the Bulozi plain from the west. The great Litunga Mulambwa is revered by in Lozi history, not least by the Mbunda who dwell in Barotseland alongside the Lozi. It was Mulambwa who welcomed two branches of the Mbunda to move to the kingdom after they left their homeland beyond the Kwando River to the west, honouring the offer first made by Ngombala. A section of the Mbunda peoples, sometimes known as the ‘Old Mbunda’ have lived in Bulozi ever since and their two chiefs, Kandala and Ciengele, hold high office in the Lealui Kuta paying regular homage to the Litunga although, while there are Mbunda ndunas, there are few opportunities for Mbunda progression in the traditional establishment”.
ii). “The first barge, called Njonjola, was constructed of local reeds called Mefalingi, which were sewn together using Makenge roots and fibres. Locally available bitumen-like glue called Lingongwe(made from the bark of certain trees) was then used to seal the holes.
The other school of thought say, the first Nalikwanda was constructed by the Mbunda out of makenge roots and called "Njonjola";. Think about it, where did the Luyi, people of the valley find Lingongwe (glue from tree backs)? What language name is “Lingongwe”? Is it not Mbunda?
iii). “This did not stop at least two sons from being spirited away, however, and when Ngalama died, one of these, Yeta Nalute, was appointed Litunga but he turned out to be very unpopular due to his penchant for eating human flesh. This is interpreted as a habit picked up while in exile with the Mbunda to the west (Wiko), where all bad things were said to emanate from”.
75 Mwanambinje had attempted to share these with Ngalama who became his son-in-law through marriage to the former’s daughter, Notulu not be satisfied with only one of these symbolically powerful drums, closely associated with the ability to bring rain which Mbukushu chiefs were believed to be endowed with since earliest known times and so turned on his father-in-law.
76 Interviews with Chief Sikwa and his people, Nambinje, 21-07-2001.
Therefore for the history of our friends from “Kola” to be elaborate like the Mbunda History, the missing link “the Mbunda History” should be included, otherwise it will remain a jargon with a lot of speculations and contradictions.
You guys are united.Here lies wise thoughst about our mother land.I look foward to see this kind of discussion and vision implimented in our Northern Province which i m told is least developed province heheh
Visiting the site for the first time and have enjoyed reading all your postings. Allow me to ask, where are we now with these big ideas? I am convinced many people would really want to join any developmental assocaiation of this nature for our motherland.
Name:David Toho ye Sweu
Greetings to Lawrence and ALL the Lozi people far and wide.
I have been reading Prof Gwyn Prins' book: The Hidden Hippopotamus; searching for info about the canals in Bulozi. I have learned that in 1890 Litunga Lewanika inspired the Makolo regiments to excavate the Sikalonga canal to link Lealui to the river and in 1891 they dug the Mwayowamo channel to Limulunga. Thereafter, in 1892-4 they built drainage canals from Lake Siwa and Kande all the way via Limulunga and Mongu to Sefula which brought into production new gardens on the sishanjo soils thus liberated to grow crops. What a phenomenal, ambitious undertaking engineered by hand well over 100 years ago!!
Most of these gardens are not available now as the system, even in my Katongo days, had fallen into disuse. My plea is that the Dept of Agriculture should look into re-establishing the channels mechanically to drain waterlogged soils ready for planting crops. Although a lot of the land may now be privately owned, surely the Litunga still has the power to push for private enterprise to join him in following up on King Lewanika's initiative? What do members of the Forum think? Is it practical?
Dear Barotse Nationals,
Compliments of the Season and Happy 2012. As we await the opening of the University of Barotseland, hopefully June this year, I encourage you all to support the efforts of the steering committee (of the only University to open doors on Barotseland Soils in Mongu). I agree with all of you that, action speaks lauder than words, thus we must work towards the common goal (Barotseland Development). Many of us are professionals of various fields and we would do well to join hands and push for projects in those fields.
Having Task Forces or Steering Committees in Education, Health, Agriculture etc, would help. Land is an issue but let us request the authorities to open it up for development. I am sure the BRE has always supported development projects and allocated land to such progressive ideas. Pastor Kaluwe in the USA is also one notable figure who has gone out in full support of development projects and would be more than happy to support such projects, especially those aimed at poverty alleviation. Those of you that visit Barotseland Peace Foundation website will agree with me. I am also learning that, so far we have two registered companies dealing with cashew nuts in Barotseland and one of them has sourced funding. Can we keep a watchdog eye and support thir efforts, even by buying their products. Believe you me; while some are talking, others are doing.
I am pleased to have found this website, it's very educative for all that need to know the truth about Barotseland and the agreement. I would like to urge you (Barotseland.com) to create social network pages for this website on sites such as Facebook, Twitter etc if you have not yet done so. Otherwise, this is a great tool to help the helpless send out the opinions. Thanks and Kozo
First of all I would like to thank my good friend Honorable Flint, for creating a forum where we can discuss ideas concerning development in Barotseland. Those who have more than development to discuss are welcome. subscribe free to "Nokushimba" on www.barotselandpeacefoundation.org and exercise your freedom of speech.
Secondly, the University of Barotseland UBL is under construction at Namushakende munzi wa zwelopili. This is not a government institution, it is a privately owned public school, and everyone is welcome to buy shares and own a potion of it. Those who are interested please contact me and I will direct you to the appropriate cordinators based on the ground in Mongu and Lusaka.
First of all I would like to thank my good friend Honorable Flint, for creating a forum where we can discuss ideas concerning development in Barotseland. Those who have more than development to discuss are welcome. subscribe free to "Nokushimba" on www.barotselandpeacefoundation.org and exercise your freedom of speech.
Secondly, the University of Barotseland UBL is under construction at Namushakende munzi wa zwelopili. This is not a government institution, it is a privately owned public school, and everyone is welcome to buy shares and own a potion of it. Those who are interested please contact me and I will direct you to the appropriate cordinators based on the ground in Mongu and Lusaka. email@example.com
Thank you Barotseland.com for allowing sons and daugters of Barotse people to air views meant to enlighten and furnish the world about the lost glory in this part of the country called Zambia in south central Africa.Barotseland has a long history that brought about the birth of present Zambia.What is important about this part of the country Zambia is the slow progress inin developement brought about by the inequitable distribution of the economy by the central government and some of the indigenous elite of the so called freedom fighters whoat the time of gaining independencein 1964 misled King Lewanika to get into agreement which was never recognised by the New Zambian government.It is for that reason why Barotseland is under- developed.In terms of education facilities there are very few tertiary insistitutions of learning. Government has literary not considered it necessary for the people of western to have equal oppotunity with other provinces in Zambia. A!
part from Mongu and Kaoma Trades Training Institute built by government and Mongu Catholic College of education(Run by Catholics),there is one private teacher Training College, Lyambai College of education.
We donot have a university where we could train our youth who are just allover on the street without jobs. A number of them flock to towns along the line of rail in search of jobs but only end up in Mazabuka(Nakambala) as cane cutters. One wonders whether this will continue on and for how long shall last on.
My advice to the people of Barotseland is that they are the people who should develop this area themselves if the province is to achieve prosperity.We should not wait for other people to come from anywhere but we the owners of this land.Our forefathers gave us a King(Litunga Liwanyika Mafuchi) and must thrive and develop it.Some of us are blessed and we have lived in Bulozi and know a lot of Natural Resources lying iddle without being Tapped. We have Diamond through out the plains of Barotse.We are rich in water resource and Forests in Bulozi.In some areas even without the knowledge of minerals deposits such as oil Barotse is rich in this rare commodity.I urge all those gallant men and women who feel that Barotseland can be developed even without quarelling with greedy people to come aboard and join hands together and work for our motherland Fasi labondataluna.The education which other provinces are currently enjoying was intiated at Lwatile in 1833. Why dont we think !
of puting up a structure that will signify the importance of that either by opening up a Private univesity and Name it as; Lwatile University
Name: Kalimbwe Kalimbwe
All is said concerning development in western zambia and it can not be expressed more that this,otherwise its just repeatition!What is the action plan therefore,
regarding development in western Zambia?
Ideas have been great , the following has to be made clear:
1.How can people start to open up business ventures as mentioned on this forum?
2.Where can they start from?
3.Who will guide , coach , mentor ,motivate etc.
4.What to start with first?
5.When to start?
Time is moving , nothing is done , years are passing by , eventually old age catches up and finally leave behind poverty to the next generation.
There is fear (Fear of failure)in starting up developmental ventures ,this fear needs to be removed through sensitisation,civic awareness,workshop/seminars etc.The
question is who will do all this?And how?Just chatting on the internet will not help. Someone needs to go on the ground and help. We need proper business
advisors/consultants and any other with business skills to give guidance.
The issue of land in western still remains an obstacle as well, this has to be resolved amicably and a solution should be found to ensure that there is enough
reserved land for commercial farming and other development activities. Western is not a place where one can apply for land and he gets it just like that so easily as
compared to other parts like the line of rail.Witout proper land tenure System in place it will be difficult to invest as the investment security is compromised.The
land tenure system must accomodate both small scale and large scale enterprenures.For example if one wants to set up a rice farm in western particularly in Mongu,who
grants the land,is it government or the chief? This has made even the local people to grow on just small fields (Matongo/Litongo), once they go beyond that(the
litongo) they are either encroaching in someone's land or the chief's land, and this becomes a very big case. How then can they develop farms which require hecters
of land? My proposal is that commercial land must be set aside for would be developers and enterprenures to set up Ranches,Farms, Shopping Malls etc as already
mentioned on this forum.
Agriculture, Trade and Tourism must be encouraged as this is the backbone for any developing place.
Education is one area which is behind in western Zambia, the whole region has no college except one Education college in Mongu.This has made all young one to flock to the line of rail once they complete Grade 12 (Form 5)to further their careers in different disciplines,because not all would like to become teachers.Even if they all wanted to be teachers is the single college in Mongu adquate for all Grade 12 school leavers in the province?This has created 'brain drain' in western.
The goverment has made it easy now that private colleges, universities and schools can be set up by those willing to build one.Western has not taken up this advantage despite having well to do and highly educated people from there.Colleges in Tourism ,Art & Culture , Agriculture and business studies are must be built to develop the local human resource in Western.This will empower them with knowledge and also as part of capacity building so that they can manage to develop the area.Currently , it is difficult for those in diaspora and along the line of rail to develop western as they are busy and comfortable where they are.This why there is a lot of ideas but no action because ideas are coming from those along the line of rail and in diaspora and expect the man in the village to take action.How many of those in western have access to internet and get to know these ideas?Ideas are being given to the majority who do not seem to understand the ideas very well.They need help!
.Lets build the colleges for our children.
Faith without works is dead!
Ideas without actions is dead!
Name: Lawrence Flint (Moderator)
Dear Readers, as is customary at this time of year, please let me wish everybody all good wishes for the approaching festive
season, especially those of you fortunate to be located in our beloved Barotseland. As with previous messages, I must point
out that a large number of contributions have been received that cannot be shown due to their overtly political nature.
This has been particularly the case in 2011. I do hope that the authors of those contributions will understand why we cannot
publicise such material. Barotseland.com is a registered organisation in the Republic of Zambia dedicated to economic
development and should be seen in that context. It is supported by the Barotse Royal Establishment whose views and wishes
have always been adhered to.
Name: Mukubesa Mamili
Take note that there are huge deposits of diamond along the streatch from okavango region into Senanga, spreading across the whole barotse plain going as far as siluwe in kalabo up to Lukulu north entering Runda North in Angola. You can also find this unknown guge deposit of oil in "Lake Lyande"- (i dont how many barotse-landers know this area!) anyway, i will post detailed, though still top secret of the Geological map of Barotseland on this site! Also you will be shoked how much oil deposits we have in Liuwa.
Name: Simata Mwakamui
I am so excited to come across this site. I was searching for an online Lozi-English dictiinary on Google when I came across this great site. I believe Western Province is a paradise. Its just a sleeping giant. My last visit to Mongu two years ago discovered 4 great things: The gold that grows-rice & cashewnuts, The gold from the rivers -Fish, the gold in the Forests-timber, the white sand, grass used for baroste thatch all in abundance in western province. All these things can earn the people of western province millions of dollars and poverty can be a thing of the past just in a 10 years period. I am told the fish, the rice, the mangoes and cashewnuts from western province are the tastiest in the world. The best way to end poverty in Western Province is to work on the mindset of the most productive labour force in western province - the youth. Instead of flocking to the line of rail and Nakambala sugar Estates, the youth of western province should believe in!
themselves that they can be dollar millionaires by investing their energies in setting up rice farms, fishing companies, cashenut growing, Mango juice processing industries. All these do not need a lot of money to start. Please , do not wait for someone from Japan or China to do it for you. You can do it. You can start even by crashing the Mango fruit, extract the juice, add a preservative and clouring and then sell to others just like the way we sell maheu. What's the problem? The poverty of western province is only in the mindset. It is actually easier to become a dollar millionaire in Mongu than in Lusaka. Please, take up the challenge. It is also cheaper to built a mansion in Mongu than in Lusaka. Building sand and river sand is free in Mongu. Labour is also cheap. So why not build houses for rent? What's the problem? Is it the the poverty mindset? People of western province are the richest in Zambia. They just need to change their mindset. Do not even wait fro!
those in the diaspora to sent you money. What you need is an idea and start the process.
Name: Lloyd Nsana
Lee Malinga, am touched by your story. i may have not have much info about your tribe but am Tonga and love these Lozi chaps too much. My mother is from Zimbabwe though. I wish you could get in touch.
Name: Mwiya Nambeta
Those that are really seriousl about the future of Barotseland do not have to air their views. Just travel and see the poverty for yourselves. I wish to state that Malozi intially seemed to be a wise people. I have my great doubts. You fail to focus your energies on whta matters. You intermarry and then wonder why you are becoming fewer abd fewere, and are risking extinction by 2050. You ran away from your homeland in search of better life, and never send back investment funds t you villages - and think something else will do it for you. You are a shame. I laud those who have struggled to remain home and do something even in the harsh environment they find themselves and their children in. I have no respect for those who blog issues away, and think they have contributed anything to the well being of Bulozi. Go and experience the hardship - then you will know what to do. What a shameful group of people and time wasters!!
Name: Charles Ndlovu
I'm looking for my roots (I am based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) and I read one article written by Yuyi Libakeni (The Lowdown Zambia: May 2004) and in it was the name Sacika Yambwanamunji,now that name rings a bell as my father(79yrs) goes by the name of Dickson Sitali Yambwanamunji and we are told his grandfather's name was Sacika. My paternal grandfather's name was Edward and we are told that he moved to the then Southern Rhodesia in the late 1920s or early 1930s I know its a long shot but we've been looking for our relatives for a long time. If there is someone out there related to Yuyi K. Libakeni, please assist to link up with him so that I can pursue this issue further and link up with my people. Thanking you in advance for your help
Name: Kabulo Duncan
I was touched when I first arrived in Mongu for the first time in my life in 2010 November. I have spent much time in RSA and Namibia. Seing the town of Mongu, there is huge business potential especially when the road to Kalabo and Sesheke Senanga is completed. I'm a development consultant but also involved in civil engineering and constrution. I'm appealing to my Lozi brothers and sisters please we must find time to meet and discuss these issues that we raise on this forum. For instance we need to form development corridors which can be managed on private and profit basis. First development coridor is the construction of wholesale and warhousing terminal at the boarder of Katima mulilo. I'm suggesting this because the safest route and harbour currently is Walvishbay in Namibia which is feeding Zambia, DRC Congo Brazavile and Zimbabwe. The harbours of Tanzania are becoming very unsafe because of the level of piracy in the Indian ocean, that is why many!
traders are opting for this route. These warehouses can act as picking points for fast consumer goods from Asia via Walvishbay to Mongu. Similarly, with money generated from these warehouses or wholesale terminals, we can build shopping malls in Mongu. The other point deserving this development plan is Sikongo boader. The same warehousing can be constructed to facilitate exports to the rich provinces of Moxico and Lunda in Angola. The last point for warehousing or export terminals is Shangombo to facilitate exports to the towns of Rivhngu in Angola. Although some of us have the desire to develop the land of our mother, we are constrained by issues of land. If there is any one interested in these ideas and has means of securing business land please contact me on the email above or at firstname.lastname@example.org Bana bahesu haluyemeni luzwiseze pili bulozi.
Name: Phadelani Moyo
Please guys i would like to if i am true of Lozi origin. I was born in South Africa in the late 70s to a South African mother and a Zimbabwe father. My father's big brother always said we are the Balozi. He even used to speak in a language which i didnt understand especially when he's drunk.
What does Moyo really mean in silozi/ At the moment we Sesotho sa Lebowa (that means the Sotho of the north, in south africa). any help guys
Name: Mukenda Like Mubiana
My dear likalibe ni mitangana
There is one simple reason why our province can not develop. And i will tell you that reason; Our tradition has closed us in a caccon. We have failed to brand our tradition to attarct development at the same maintain respect for our Litunga. We put All our eggs in one basket that of the Litunga and remained with nothing to venture with outside the thinking box. Look at the Asian giants;they have used their culture t develop their countries. Why cant we do the same? We should open up our eyes and embrase change. We are good at talking ideas buttradition blocks us from finishing. Let us get out of the "pretence caccon" and get on the job. Let us start now. We have educated human resources. We can do it. Let us meet soon and help our precious Litunga to develop our Province. As i write this note, i am in the middle of completeing my Doctorate Thesis on how the Lozi people can position themselves to development. Let us do it.
Name: Induna Lnete
The pipo of Barotseland are realy up for self determination. so we can administer our minerals bestowed to us by our Father in Heaven. We have diamonds, copper belt passes through Kalabo, Zinc, 7 lines diamonds...wat more countles...puzo kikuli kanti king'i alutuhela kukunupwa kimanyunyuku bo Banda? we are great pipo that can indeed govern themselves..lukane lumipuma mahutu min malozi baba lupaleliswa kupumeha particularly mina babacha nibona banda!!! lwanyanda amubone balutama ma 4 years with hardlabour is that fair? no..no..n. we are not happy until we granted our rights!!
Name: Lee Malinga
Hi all. My name is lionel malinga and u was born in Zimbabwe. My grandfather was originally from Zambia. His name was Wilson Mate Malinga and he left Zambia in the late 1930s. My aunts say his middle name may have been matengo. He died when I was young and dindnt leave much in the form of oral tradition about where exactly in Zambia he came from. He spoke a language that i have personally never heard anyone else speak and we don't have any contacts with any of his siblings or relatives. I'm told he was Lozi. Could anyone shed any light as to wether the names Malinga, Mate or Matengo are Lozi names. I am really curious to know where I am originally from and where and who my people are. Any help would be greatly appretiated. Thanks
Name: Kalaluka Akalaluka Kangulu
There is one thing I love about Zambians, Barotses inclusive. We love expressing our thoughts. We love talking! From 2005 when this brilliant page was opened, we have read about brilliant ideas and some have even confirmed they have money to invest. ACT NOW... zero. Stand up now... noto. Kono kwa ku kutaza mihupulo lu lifanu! If the brilliant brains that started this fprum have failed to actualize their dreams what about working together? Mind you moya o wa buitati u yabile Zambia mukatumbi. mani ni mani uicela pene ya hae. I have just found the site today but looking at the history, I am dissapointed. I have in the past joined developmental groups on internet to do with Barotseland... Ah the only success is I have learnt new words ni maloko etc. Amuyeme cwale mu beleke, noto, noto.. PLEASE LET US CHANGE THE ATTITUDE
Name: Mwitumwa Mununga
Shangwe, Ye ki mihato ya niti. Halu kasheni cwale. fa Lozi page ya facebook, kutile maikuto a swana. Taba., ki ku tisa miakuto a kaufela hamoho. Conept ye iswanela cwale ku beiwa ka ma elemetns a yona. Ni structure ya yona. Ku ka tokwahala kuli lu ise taba ye mwa likiliti za bulozi, kuli kube ba yemeli kukala mwa likiliti mane konji Mongu. Governance ni ma pillars wona muhato wo a tokwahala ku shengiwa kuli silise muhato wo mane uyo wela likamba mwa buse. Halu kasheni, mandinda ateng'i kono luna ni bafuluhi ba ba talifile ahulu bati
Name: Malozi Felix Chingehzi
It is a welcome initiative indeed. It will be interesting and good innovation to engineer a economic and social development agenda, devoid of matters of land, governance, and resource allcation issues! Or may be there is need to define what politics is, in the first, and to highlight matters of philosophical nature so as to set ground for matters of policy and Rules, and to announce the overall mission and vision of this project. There appears to be need for magnanimity and not to shy away from what is real.
Name: Mwedabai Muhali-Munyani
Now that Kuomboka has been as it was this year (2011), people (Children of the Black Bull), is this the way we want it to be? Is this the way its going to be? Is this kuomboka for the rich and powerful? this is what you get when you involve politics in tradition. if this trend continues, this will be the end of our once upon a time beloved ceremony and politicians like it that way. Kufela kwa bulena mwabulozi!!!! Kimaswabisa shaa!! Mbuyuwamwambwa zuha uto bona mafosisa. Nifelize shaa.
Name: Maketo Mubyana
Bo Muyangali, briliant suggestions and advice. I agree with you that, there is need for actions on the ground.