Friday, May 24, 2024

Kuomboka From A Disaster To A Ceremony

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Kuomboka ceremony 2024

Zambia’s greatest worldwide tourist attraction, the Kuomboka ceremony of the Lozi people of Western province is an inspiration story of disaster to victory.
From a major calamity that happened in Bulozi, the Kuomboka, translated as getting out of water changed face from a disaster to a ceremony.
The Kuomboka is said to be one of the earliest, most authentic, most media covered and best known among Zambia’s traditional ceremonies.

In 2017 another disaster to celebration, story occurred as a traffic offence which led to the arrest of the then Opposition Leader, Hakainde Hichilema and slapped with a treason charge.

HH at the Police Station shortly before he was arrested
FILE: 2016 HH at the Police Station shortly before he was arrested
Mr Hichilema counsels his wife Mutinta in court this morning.
File :Mr Hichilema consols his wife Mutinta in court during the time he was arrested

However, when he became President of Zambia in 2021, Mr Hichilema was gifted with three hectares of land in Sing’anda Village of Mongu district by Sing’anda Headman Kalaluka Mubiana who is also Induna Kapui.
And to overturn a disaster story to a celebration, Mr Hichilema is building a self-funded Health facility in Kalangu area of Mongu district.
Most people didn’t notice that Mr Hichilema was wearing the old Siziba outfit he wore in 2017 as it speaks volumes about his consistency, love and support of the rich Bulozi cultural heritage.
The latest in a disaster to a celebration story come with the 2024 drought in Zambia which has been occasioned by Climate Change leading to very low water levels in the Bulozi plains.
But, the short route of the Kuomboka from Lealui to Mulamba harbour using the Nalikwanda (royal boat) and then using the Indila (Official vehicle) to Limulunga has left everlasting memories in both local and international tourists.
President Hichilema who attended the 2024 Kuomboka ceremony concluded his visit to Mongu with a church service at Mongu parish Catholic Church and a meeting with members of the clergy.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, making a traditional ceremony about politics is truly the lowest level of journalism, this should earn you a certificate in FAIL. Good job.

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    • There is still darkness in Barotseland. The long and winding problem is a legal one bound by a legal agreement. It will never go away by trying to promote fake alliances . It will not be resolved by dancing and alluliations. The country needs to face it head on and find a solutions. Kaunda, Chiluba, Mwanawasa, Sata, Banda, Lungu ,,,,they all found the problem but never took concrete efforts to deal with it. Hakainde Hilchilema will also leave it as already there is no will to face it but to use it for political expedience. Its a National challenge …..lets face it as country.

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    • It must have been written by Presidentialist Specialist Communicationist Hamasaka. With a little help from Bill Kapinga

  2. For fear of making a mistake , we Tongas are we still the cousins of Lozis we call our parents or we are kicked out after the MOU signed over the week end. Your education on this matter will be highly appreciated.

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    • We Ngonis didnt have to ask such bane questions. We applaud the MOU and in the spirit of One Zambia One Nation encourage other tribes to enter in more of such communions so that we can Tiyende Pamodzi ndi mtima umooo forever

  3. THAT IS THE PROBLEM WE ARE HAVING NOW IN ZAMBIA. IT IS ALL ABOUT TRIBE THIS TRIBE THAT…WHY..B/COZ SOME BITTER BAD HEARTED TRIBESMEN ARE IN POWER. PIPO CAN’T YOU SEE WHERE WE ARE GOING… RWANDA GENOCIDE IF WE ARE NOT CAREFUL.. LWENU

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  4. The BRE had asked before the ceremony that the event should not be used for political activity, but the party in power decided to ignore this and used it to hold a rally. Nevertheless the even went well and Lozis and Bembas are now cousins! Although there is a rumor that the elephant on the Nalikwanda has gone missing and has been spotted in Kasama without tusks.

  5. Kuomboka, being Zambia’s greatest World wide tourist attraction? This Author oooo….!! It even beats the world famous Victoria Falls and South Lwangwa National park?? I have nothing against Kuomboka, I value it as much as I value all traditional ceremonies BUT I HAVE EVERYTHING AGAINST SENSATIONALISM AND MISUSE OF WORDS!! In this country, writers and especially journalists hardly reflect on the meaning of the words they use! I have come across descriptions of ordinary pieces of infrastructure being described as ” State of the art, ultra modern” ..You one looks at what is being described in such terms, they just get puzzled!! In this case Kuomboka is just of the Zambia’s many tourist attraction and NOT the greatest! NO pun intended!!

    • Hamasaka is not a journalist. He is a lie peddler from some cheap political rag called Zed Watchdog

  6. This article, no bwino bwino. I thought the writer would tell us about how the Zambezi plains flooding has been turned into a tourist attraction.

    @ Zedyatu I hear you.

  7. In life, the truth shall always be the truth. Just as the Bible says that the truth shall set you free.
    Indeed, their are many people who put themselves same where, but time shows them out as old ones.
    Sham shall always be there with those who pretend that they are better than their society they live in. When in actual fact, their acts are evil. Divide and rule is as evil as divide and rule.
    1 Peter 2:17
    Show respect for all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king (or PRESIDENT in this modern world).

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