The Lukwakwa Traditional Ceremony was held from 5 to 8 October 2018.
Cheke cha Mbunda Cultural and Writers Association (CCMCWA) was
represented at the ceremony by some NEC members (National
Chairperson Claire Limbwambwa, Chairman Culture Mr Christopher
Kaliye and Trustee Mr Ndandula Libingi) and the Dance Troupe from
Lusaka. On Friday in addition to the usual there was a special
Induction Programme for several Indunas and Village Headmen. This
was necessitated by some deaths in certain villages and growth of
population in others leading to need to divide such villages into 2
or 3 administrative areas under new Headmen. Celebrations continued
in the nights. On Saturday there was installation of Chiefs and
further celebrations before the main event in the Arena.
It was great to see how the ceremony had grown bigger each year. It
was humbling to hear people from different walks of life praise the
leadership qualities of Senior Chief Sikufele VIII, Limbundi lya mu
Ngila. One of the attributes which kept on coming up was his ability
to unite people. This was confirmed by the number of traditional
leaders from other ethnic groups who keep on accepting the
invitation to come and attend the Lukwakwa Traditional Ceremony.
This year was not different as four Chiefs and several
representatives of five other Chiefs attended.
A college enacted a poem and dance routine in languages of the
different ethnic groups living within the Sikufele Chiefdom. In
addition 4 different musical groups from Kabompo, Kaoma, Mwinilunga
and Solwezi were on hand to perform and entertain the visitors. On
the traditional side dance troupes from Lusaka, Kabulamema, Manyinga
and other parts of North Western Province provided entertainment for
the over 6000 people who turned up to witness the ceremony this
As usual the highlight of the ceremony is the enactment of life
inside the Lukwakwa (Chimpaka) where Mbundas stored seeds during
years of drought to ensure that whenever the rain would come the
Chiefdom will have seed to plant. It was also used as security
retreat for when the Chiefdom was being attacked. It had soldiers at
different points, the first being immediately around the Lukwakwa.
The second was a few kilometres away and the third was within the
villages like along paths and shallow parts of rivers and streams.
These security details worked through a highly efficient security
inteligencia where word could be transmitted in the shortest
possible time between the 3 levels of security. This was done
through ordinary people seemingly living their lives eg women going
to the river to draw water would bring back messages to level 2
security. A boy from level 2 would take a message to level 1
security and vice versa.
Another first this year was that Honourable Given Lubinda, MP and
Minister of Justice was the first ever full Cabinet Minister to
grace the ceremony as Guest of Honour. His speech was highly
encouraging as he too paid tribute to the leadership qualities of
his Host, Senior Chief Sikufele VIII. He also clarified on the
division of responsibility between government and traditional rulers
regarding installation and gazetting of chiefs. He encouraged chiefs
to resolve internal wrangles instead of rushing to government for
To crown it all CCMCWA Trustee Ndandula Libingi was elected
Chairperson for Lukwakwa and Liyoyelo Traditional Ceremonies.
Without doubt this too fits in well within the mandate of Cheke cha
Mbunda Cultural and Writers Association to preserve, revive, protect
and promote Mbunda culture. Thank you NEC and Mbundas for your
contributions to our culture and traditions and to the hosting of
This year is gone, we look forward to 2019.The question is will you
be there too?
Claire K. Limbwambwa,
Cheke cha Mbunda Cultural and Writers Association.