America Finally Develops a Magical Laser Gun for Drones With Similar Potency And Accuracy to the Kaliloze Night Gun of the Barotseland
Three year ago, I did post on my Facebook Page this write-up. Surprising, it attracted very little attention.
One year on, Professor Nkandu Luo hinted on the need to undertake research into witchcraft. Public reaction was quite negative.
Now, a degree programme has been introduced at UNZA. Public reaction is even worse.
This story I posted, and I re-post, is about Barrie Reynolds, Keeper of Ethography of the Livingstone Museum, now called and the National Museum of Zambia. Sixty years ago, Barrie wrote a small three page article for NADA, the in-house journal of the Southern Rhodesia Native Affairs Department. The story was about a young British police officer investigating a murder and near beheading in the Barotseland Protectorate (present-day Western Province, Zambia). Two women had been murdered with a suspicion of witchcraft attached. The weapon used was a “Kaliloze Night Gun”.
Barrie Reynolds, who had been invited to interview the accused, and to examine the confiscated material used in evidence in the court cases, noted that “a change had recently taken place in the manner in which these weapons were being constructed. These kaliloze guns were fired at the sun, or through a hole in a wall. No physical wound was inflicted. However, death was caused. What caused the death remained a mystery.
In the ensuing government clamp down, an astounding number of people were formally charged and convicted of contravening the witchcraft legislation. No less than nine young men were arrested, sentenced to death, and executed.
Fast forward to 2014, a Laser Weapon System (LaWS) was launched by the U.S. It has similar potency, stunning accuracy, secrecy and the mystery of the “The Kaliloze Night Gun” of Barotseland. But because has been developed by the Americans, no one has been arrested, charged and executed .
The weapon is now mounted on the USS Ponce, an amphibious US transport ship, which has been deployed in the Persian Gulf.
According to news sources last year, the LaWS is “world’s first laser weapon” — one that can “kill” threatening, airborne drones — and is ready for action.
The question is: is LaWS really the world’s first laser weapon?
As indicated above, sixty years ago, the Baroste “laser scientists” had similar weapons, except for want of comprehension of photon and laser science at the time, and such “scientists” were labeled “witches and wizards” and executed.
The new laser weapon, may seem as though it were pulled straight from a James Bond movie, but it is entirely functional, and can shoot with stunning accuracy, according to the U.S. Navy.
“Operationally, it works just like a laser pointer,” Lt. Cale Hughes, a LaWS officer, told CNN. “There’s a chamber inside with special materials that release photons.”
The LaWS laser beam is completely silent and invisible. It’s also fast: The laser travels at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second, or about 300,000 kilometers per second), meaning it’s about 50,000 times the speed of an incoming intercontinental ballistic missile, such as the one North Korea was testing last year, the Navy told CNN.
The $40 million system requires a team of three to operate it and a small generator to power its electricity supply, according to the Navy.
However, each blast is relatively cheap. “It’s about a dollar a shot,” Hughes told CNN.
In addition to being able to take down threats in the air, the LaWS can hit and disable objects in water. The laser’s accurate blasts, heated to thousands of degrees, might even mean fewer casualties in combat, Inez Kelly, a U.S. Naval Forces Central Command science adviser, told CNN.
For instance, if the laser is aimed at an enemy boat, operatives can “take out exactly the engine, and not necessarily damage anything else,” Kelly said.
“That type of precision weapon work is something that you don’t really get with conventional weapons, because there tends to be more collateral damage.”
Under Geneva Convention rules, armed forces are not allowed to use laser weapons directly against people.
The U.S. has pledged to abide by that protocol, Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of naval research, said in 2014 at a news conference in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Navy is already developing second-generation systems that might be able to target threats other than drones and water vessels. These missions are classified, but when asked whether the LaWS could shoot and destroy missiles, USS Ponce Capt. Christopher Wells said “maybe” and smiled, according to CNN.
Back to Zambia, first reported in 1906, Kaliloze guns have been “classified” guns used to rid society in western Zambia of witches for much of the 20th Century, and probably for a lot longer before the 1900s. Not surprisingly these magical guns, which are preferably made out of the thigh bones of human beings, attracted the horrified attention of British colonial administrators, and continue to fascinate and frighten people in Zambia in the present.
In the course of the 20th Century the Kaliloze, as a magical weapon, has changed and spread eastwards within Zambia. From the 1970s on wards, the Kaliloze has to a large extent become synonymous with the AK 47 assault rifle when it is used as a Karavina. It appears the science is slowly but suely going into extinct.
One thing for sure, we needed to undertake a serious research to understand and harness the potency and accuracy of this “classified” science using modern science.
You like it or not, the Barotse people were light years ahead of the Americans in terms of laser and photon science. The British imperialists are largely to blame for executing the natives for practicing a science that was way beyond their comprehension.
Perhaps, it is high time we rethink our attitude towards African “classified” science, in particular the science of the Kaliloze Guns, the Magical Firearms used in Western Zambia in the 1950s. I totally support the decision to venture into this science from an academic perspective. This could turn out to be another money spinner for Zambia. Just come to think of Zambia exporting 10,000 “Kaliloze Laser Guns” more potent that the LaWS to the rest of the world each worth than $50 million.
We need to start thinking in that direction…..I mean “Think-Outside-the-Box”.