AUTHOR: Media Editor, Barotseland

Correcting the historical record is part of the liberation process of the oppressed as the distortion of history is usually a deliberate move by the oppressor often used to entrench the oppressive and exploitative system and to justify the use of violence to retain power, Dr. Akashambatwa has observed in his latest social media post.

Citing the great South African icon, Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo, President of the African National Congress of South Africa, Prince Akashambatwa has stated that ‘relating our people’s history is not a matter of academic interests alone – the preparation of a report of neutrally observed and agreed facts, but a revolutionary act which is part of the liberation process for the oppressed.

The great anti apartheid hero, Oliver Tambo, in his Foreword to the book, ‘Unity in Action: A Photographic History of the African National Congress (South Africa) – 1912 – 1982’ said in part;

“Correcting the historical record is part of the liberation process of the oppressed … The distortion is deliberate: it is used … to entrench the oppressive and exploitative system and to justify the use of violence to retain power. …

“Relating our people’s history is not a matter of academic interests alone – the preparation of a report of neutrally observed and agreed facts.

“Rather, recording our history accurately is a revolutionary act.

“It serves to enhance our understanding of the past and guides the way ahead; but in addition, it strikes at the very heart of the enemy’s ideology and rationalizations and unmasks the attempt to conceal the inevitability of victory for our struggle.” END.

It is, therefore, the duty of the Barotse people to correct all historical records that were deliberately distorted by the Zambian State in their plan to subjugate and obliterate Barotseland.

As such, we wish to encourage and stand in solidarity with all Barotse people such as Dr. Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika and others, who have relentlessly tried to share their knowledge on the history of Barotseland.

We know that there are many more out there with even more information and knowledge about Barotseland who should now come out in the open and share what they know for the benefit of posterity.

FILE PICTURE: Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo, President of the African National Congress of South Africa

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