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Breaking News - 23rd September 2019


3rd - 6th OCTOBER 2019

By Courtesy of Lukwakwa Organising Committee on 23rd  September 2019.


Times of Zambia story today as a summary based on the discussion below:





1) What Does Lukwakwa Traditional Ceremony Stand For?

2) What Do You Know About Senior Chief Sikufele As Mbunda Chief and Mbunda Chiefdom?

● Lukwakwa is a Silozi name meaning Kraal.
● In Mbunda it is called Chimpaka.

3) Historical Background:

● After the death of king Mulambwa of the Aluyi people, his two sons; Mubukwanu and Silumelume were involved in a succession wrangle which led to the Barotse defeat and occupation by the Makololo due to division that resulted.
● The Mbunda who had supported Prince Mubukwanu, one of Mulambwa’s sons left and accompanied the Aluyi for Nakalomo which is now Lukulu. However, in 1830, due to Makololo invasion, they abandoned Nakalomo and went to settle east of Manyinga river, finding there only a few Nkoya villages
● Prior to 1920, the now Kabompo district was uninhabited. Amongst those that migrated to Manyinga were Prince Namiluko the son of Mulambwa with his son Chikufele from his Mbunda wife. They established the headquarters of their leader Chikufele at what came to be known as Lukwakwa, signified by a defensive kraal or Lukwakwa around their new settlement. Prince Namiluko and his son Prince Chikufele established the Mbunda chieftainship in Manyinga after the expulsion of the Kololo invasion.
● After that, many of the Mbunda returned to Barotseland but the Chikufele family remained at Lukwakwa. Though there were some Lozi rulers who were allowed to the Lukwakwa throne, it basically remained under the control of the Mbunda.
● Sikufele who cut his ties with the Barotseland Litunga administration and declared publicly that he was Mbunda, became the main chief of all the Manyinga Native Authorities and the Administrative Courts remained under the Mbunda.
● Therefore Lukwakwa Traditional Ceremony signifies and demonstrates the life of the Mbunda people during that historic migration.
● That should therefore register in the minds of all the doubting circles that Senior Chief Sikufele Chiefdom origin is Mbunda Maternally and Lozi Paternally, just like the multitude residents of Kabompo and Manyinga who are a product of Inter-marriages.
● Kabompo and Manyinga is therefore a Cosmopolitan Society living in unity under the jurisdiction of His Royal Highness, Senior Chief Sikufele. At Lukwakwa there is no Mbunda, Lozi, Luvale, Luchazi, Chokwe, Nkoya or Lunda, we are all one.
● The House of Chiefs and Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs recently cleared these boundary misunderstandings by exculpating Senior Chief Sikufele in a Petition by some chiefs and sub-chiefs of Kabompo and Manyinga against him, with a “Committee of Chiefs” appointed to look into the matter, noting and recommending as follows:
     ▪ 1.2.1  Sikufele chiefdom had been in existence since colonial times and continue to be

                recognised by law and that each chiefdom in Zambia had its own establishment

     ▪ 1.2.2 The call by Chief Kalunga to abolish Sikufele chiefdom should not be entertained as

               it is misplaced, especially that Chief Kalunga himself had selfish motives of

               wanting to become a senior chief of Kabompo and Manyinga Districts.
    ▪ 1.2.3 The Provincial Council of Chiefs in North Western setup a subcommittee to establish

               if Senior Chief Sikufele had appointed sub chiefs beyond his chiefdom boundaries

               which he should be asked to withdraw in accordance with his submission to the

   ▪ 1.2.4   Chief Kalunga be told to recognise that he is a Chief of Kalunga Chiefdom and

               Sikufele is a Chief of Sikufele chiefdom and therefore the two must coexist and

               reign over their people within their respective chiefdom boundaries without crossing

   ▪ 1.2.5   There was need to sensitize sub chiefs under Senior Chief Sikufele to reconcile with

               their Senior Chief for harmony and peaceful governance of the chiefdom.
●  There are three Gazetted Chiefs in Kabompo with their 1958 Delimitation Map Boundaries, ie Chief Kalunga located in Upper Mumbeji with Chikenge as his capital, and Chief Chiyengele Chingumbe located at Kayombo and Senior Chief Sikufele as the overall custodian of Kabompo and Manyinga. Therefore what recommendation 1.2.3 above seeks to establish is whether Senior Chief Sikufele had appointed sub chiefs beyond his chiefdom boundaries, thereby crossing over into the only other two Chiefs Kalunga and Chiyengele with legal boundaries prescribed on the National 1958 Delimitation Boundaries Map.
●  We are therefore using “Lukwakwa as A Conduit of Peace” by applying the direction taken by Government authorities and an appointed Committee of Chiefs’ recommendations.
●  The Ceremony was established on 5th October 1991 and this year becomes the 28th year of its celebration.

4) Budget:

● A total budget of K 357,295.00 was proposed and approved at the March 2019 Preparatory Meeting.
● However, due to budgetary constraints affecting would be sponsors of the Lukwakwa budget lines, new innovative approaches were employed in an effort to at least meet 50% of the budgeted projection and the ceremony is positively on.

5) Preparatory Activities:

● In preserving the cultural face as a Traditional Ceremony, emphasis on preparation of the activities this year is by depicting “the customs and traditions” of the Mbunda people as they left Barotseland in 1830, how they defended themselves and survived the onslaught from the Kololo and Ndebele enemies, lifestyle and culture.
● As a result, westernised music and activities which are far from the Mbunda tradition will be reduced tremendously.
● To achieve that, this year Lukwakwa is blessed by the support from other Mbunda chiefs in Zambia as a whole, such as His Royal Highness, Chief Kandombwe of Luvuji in Lukulu who has released the Luvuji and Lukau Cultural Dance Troupes to the ceremony, also in attendance will be Royal Highnesses Chief Kathimba from Kalumwange and Chief Mayankwa, all of Kaoma.

We therefore expect Lukwakwa to have a new face and those planning to attend should be early in order to enjoy all the activities prepared.

Meet you there!!!! 





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