Kuomboka must go on, says loyalists


“We have enough water to host this year’s Kuomboka ceremony of the Lozi people in Western Province and this calls for the Barotse Royal Establishment Kuta to set the date immediately,” Lozi loyalist Litia Nyambe has said.

Mr Nyambe said there should be no excuse for failure to hold the Kuomboka traditional ceremony because the Barotse Plains were flooding. He said failure to hold the Kuomboka would make the ceremony lose its value.

Mr Nyambe said the Kuta must find ways of staging a ‘‘colourful’’ festival this year as the rains have given hope to the Lozi king to perform the traditional ritual of moving move from the low land at Lealui  to the high land at Limulunga.

“Water is not an issue and if anything using the harbour route in Mongu can be an alternative because that area never goes dry and the ceremony can proceed to Limulunga where the activities are usually done,” he said.

He called on the BRE to quickly announce the date for the Kuomboka so that all the people, including tourists, were informed in good time because the ceremony had not been held for two years.

“We have a lot of things that should be moved from the flood plain to our dry villages, and this is a well-known procedure by everyone,” he said.

And reports have indicated that preparations for the Kuomboka have started. And the Barotse Royal Establishment officials stated that the public would be informed on the way forward after the Kuta meets.

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