If you know your Bible, you would understand that I am not the first to criticise hypocritical days of prayers and fasting!
The prophet of God Amos did! So did the prophet, Isaiah! Even the Lord Jesus Christ did! In Isaiah chapter 58 and Amos 5:7-17, you will find out what kind of fasting the Lord requires!
I know you will think I am wrong, sinful or you may actually think I am insulting God especially if you are ignorant of the word of God!
You might even label me a dissident and criminal, but I will exercise my freedom of speech even louder!
What I am propagating here is the sacred word of God!
Stop your filthy prayers and fasting and just go and keep justice, stop oppressing the weak, poor and minorities, among them the Barotse people whom you have deprived of justice and basic human rights of conscience, association and free assembly!
University of Zambia (UNZA) Dean in the School of Veterinary Medicine, Professor King Shimumbo Nalubamba has been installed as the new Senior Chief Nalubamba of Namwala district.
In a colourful ceremony attended by top Zambian government officials and Butoka traditional leaders held yesterday, Sunday 13th October 2019, Chief Nalubamba thanked government most profoundly for the support that has been rendered by the government to his Chiefdom from the time the late Chief Bright Nalubamba passed on until now.
Prof. King Shimambo said he considered it a privilege to be installed as the new Chief Nalubamba, and would work hard for the subjects who his father, the late Chief loved most dearly.
PROMINENT lawyer Christopher Mundia was on Tuesday, 8th October 2019 put to rest with a call on lawyers to be honest, just and compassionate.
Mundia who once served as Law Association of Zambia president died aged 79 on Friday 4th October 2019, leaving behind a wife, 11 children and 28 grandchildren.
Speaking during the funeral mass at Lusaka's St Ignatius Parish yesterday, Father Charles Chilinda said there was more to life than the glamour of the profession and wealth.
Scores of mourners, including former president Rupiah Banda, former first lady Maureen Mwanawasa, Socialist Party president Dr Fred M’membe and former information minister Chishimba Kambwili turned up to pay their last respects to Mundia.
Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) president Eddie Mwitwa and solicitor general Abraham Mwansa led lawyers to the funeral mass which was also attended by former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito.
Recently, in August of 2019, Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, and the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) in partnership with Peace Parks Foundation and Cartier launched the Saving Spots project – an innovative and culturally-sensitive conservation initiative that seeks to protect declining wild cat populations using synthetic leopard, serval and lion furs, known as ‘Heritage Furs’.
This partnership was announced in New York, NY, USA, through a press release of 8th August 2019 by Panthera’s Susie Weller Sheppard.
The Press Briefing is here below reproduced in full.
Actually, the correct answer to this question is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Therefore, a brief explanation will be necessary for a clearer understanding.
Throughout its illustrious history, Barotseland has endured considerable changes to its name, boundaries and political status. However, this article will only focus on the most notable changes, starting with the most recent.
In Zambia currently, Barotseland’s boundaries are exactly and equal to the Western Province. These boundaries are what was inherited at Zambia’s independence in 1964, having been mapped out by The Northern Rhodesia (Barotseland) Order in Council 1953 as ‘Barotseland Protectorate’. The attached map is evidence of this.
Therefore, although the Barotse territory underwent a name change in 1969 when Kenneth Kaunda unilaterally renamed it ‘Western Province’, its boundaries have never actually been altered to date.
However, the change in name, though official in Zambia, does not really change what the territory is to its inhabitants.
Barotseland is simply Barotseland to its people!
Induna Iñunde, Ms Irene Muyenga, who is the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) minister in charge of foreign relations, has led a delegation of other BRE Senior Induna, as emissaries of the Litunga of Barotseland to this year’s Kulamba ceremony of the Chewa speaking people of Eastern Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
Kulamba is the annual ceremony at which all the Chewa people and their chiefs gather at Mkaika village in Katete district of Zambia, to pay homage to their paramount ruler, Kalonga Gawa Undi.
During the ceremony, the chiefs brief the Gawa Undi on the situation in their chiefdoms, highlighting major issues and also to present their gifts to him.
She joined the president of Diversity Restoration Solutions (DRS), Anthony Mubita Sheppard and his dear wife, Lisa, along with nine others under the African-American Homecoming Project trip to Barotseland for this year’s commemoration of the 400th anniversary since the beginning of slavery in English America.
However, Dr. Zoe Spencer, Ph.D., a professor at Virginia State University (VSU) in the USA, may never in her wildest dreams have imagined that when she travels to the remote Kingdom of Barotseland in Africa, she would return to America, a couple of weeks later, with a new name given to her by the Litunga, King of Barotseland!
Before we explore a little more about Prof. Zoe, let us see what is in her new name.
LUSAKA. Zambia’s Tourism and Arts Minister, Ronald Chitotela, has called for the need to integrate and connect Black-African Americans, who have chosen to track and reconnect with their ancestral roots, to the rest of Zambia.
Mr Chotela said this when a 12 - member delegation of the Homecoming Project led by their president Eric Sheppard of the United States of America and Induna Namamba of the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) paid a courtesy call on him.
“Through this, the Americans behind the initiative will be able to appreciate what Zambia has to offer in terms of tourism and become tourism ambassadors for the country,” Mr Chitotela said.
He said his Ministry would support the project and ideas that come with it as it has the potential to promote Zambia as a tourist destination of choice for international travellers Worldwide.
The Minister said the Americans need to have a broader view of the country so that they can tell a detailed and sellable story when they go back home.
And Eric Sheppard said Diversity Restoration Solutions, the organization behind Homecoming Project, has established a strategic partnership between The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, a US Federal Government Agency, and Barotseland which needs to be turned into a tourism partnership.
In 2017, when Barotseland Post first featured a report about some African-Americans planning to relocate to Barotseland in a Home Coming Project organized by Diversity Restoration Solutions (DRS) Inc. (USA), which was planned to start with the August 2019 commemorations of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of African slaves in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619, many readers of the publication started to ask questions concerning the Americans’ eventual homecoming.
This was when Eric Antony Sheppard, the President and Founder of Diversity Restoration Solutions (DRS) Inc. (USA) first visited Mongu, on June 19, 2017, to meet with the Litunga, King of Barotseland, Lubosi Imwiko II and the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) over the imminent return of hundreds of African Americans back home.
As this story was shared and published on several other media in Zambia and Barotseland social media, questions concerning the story even multiplied, some of which we must now answer, especially in view of the euphoria and innuendo that has characterised Eric Antony Sheppard’s present return to Barotseland with more African-Americans for the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of slavery in the US!
Yes! Zambia’s current Western Province is the only territory in Zambia still protected by special international treaties, most recently the 1964 Barotseland Agreement and the 1953 Northern Rhodesia (Barotseland) Order in Council signed on the 30th of April at the Court at Windsor Castle – which currently mapped out the boundaries of Barotseland Protectorate which Kenneth Kaunda later renamed Western Province in 1969.
Although the performance or implementation of these treaties is not specifically outlined in the Zambian constitution and are largely still a controversial affair, they actually still apply in earnest!
This is why granting the Republican President sweeping powers that could unilaterally alter western Province’s boundaries would be a violation of these treaties!
Only last year, many Zambians were shocked to hear the Zambian Minister in charge of Land, Hon Jean Kapata, report to the Zambian Parliament that the newly proposed National Land Policy would be applicable only to all other provinces of Zambia except Western Province, and she called it Barotseland, because the latter was constitutionally under a different land tenure system that would not permit the implementation of the land policy under consideration!
The problem with many Zambians is that they have been kept so ignorant of this aspect of their past under the mistaken view that it has no relevant bearing on the present and future existence of their nation!
“Some idea of the composition of the Barozi people of today can be gained when one realizes that they are composed of Bambowe, Bakwangwa, Bahoombi, Bakoma, Makololo, Bandundulu, Bambunda, Bankoya, Bashasha, Alunda, Balubale, Bambalangwe, Batonga, Basubia, Mashukulumbwe, Bakwande, Batotela, Bakwangali, Bakwengo, Balojazi, Vachibokwe, Basanjo and other tribes.
“Many of the above tribes were, so far as can be gathered, aboriginal owners of the Barozi country, others were raided from time to time and slaves (chiefly women) taken back to the homes of the raiders, where they in time intermarried and became Barozi.” - D. W. STIRKE, Native Commissioner Northern Rhodesia in his 1941 book titled ‘BAROTSELAND: Eight Years among the Barotse’ with an introductory chapter by Sir Harry Johnston, G.C.M.G., K.C.B. who was at one time H.M. Commissioner &c., for Northern Zambezia.
Others even wanted to know what the animal is in siLozi.
Well, in Barotseland, the Pangolin is known as Ñake or siÑake, and feeds on ants and termites (Butwa) but should not be confused with its look alike, the Sikape (The Honey Badger), which feeds on honey (Linosi) and has no scales as the Pangolin does!
Therefore, and due to public demand, we share this VIDEO to give more information on the Pangolin, which was declared as an endangered species at a major September, 2016 conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, organized by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), the body that regulates international wildlife trade, where it was voted to effect a shut down on all commercial sales of pangolins and their parts across borders.
This means that capture and trafficking of the animal could get the perpetrator arrested and prosecuted with lengthy jail sentences!