Secessionists are doomed to fail

by Prince Gilbert Muhongo Mutwa Mora-Liswani

Secessionists are doomed to fail

The great Bekuhane, like other tribes in Africa, originated from the Great Lakes in central Africa and migrated down south as one group consisting of the Basubia, Tonga, Ila (Mashukulumbwe), Lenje, Toka, Leya, Mafwe, Twa, Shanjo, Matototela, Mayeyi and Hambukushu.

The Tonga, Ila (Mashukulumbwe), Lenje, Toka and Leya in the 14th century settled in central and southern parts of what is today Zambia. The Basubia, Mayeyi and Hambukushu tribes went as far as Goha Hills and the Basubia migrated back to the area around today Senaga, Sioma, Machile/Mulobezi, Sesheke, present-day Zambezi Region and the outskirts of present day Livingstone, Victoria Falls (Chungwe Namutitima/the smoke that thunders) as well as a small part of southern Zimbabwe and the northern part of Botswana up to Patamatenga (ipanda ya Matengu/trip food for Matengu) to Nata (Nakati/the centre), westward up Mababe to Munga up to the present-day Andara and northwards to Senanga.

The Basubia reorganised and launched an attack near present-day Kabbe, where they defeated the Aluyi/Lozi of Mwanambinyi and named the plains Nabulankoli, meaning, “I no more have a stick”, presumably to use to hit the Basubia who still had assegais to fight with.



The Aluyi/Lozi fled back, but managed to take with them the royal drums (Infooma in Subia and Maoma in Lozi) that were stationed at Infooma the outskirts of Nakavunze, the present-day Katima Mulilo in Musanga (isanga/njinjana/small tilapia fish, as opposed to imbweza/njinjituna/big bream/fully grown tilapia) area.

Henceforth, this part of Namibia has been part of SWA/Namibia and was ruled by Germany and lastly by South African apartheid regime until Independence Day in 1990. It is madness to think the Zambezi Region should be seceded from the rest of Namibia. All persons harbouring such sentiments should visit a psychiatric institute.

Muyongo had thrice betrayed the Namibian people. First in 1964 when he betrayed the late Cde Branden Simbwaye, Tongo Nalishuwa and the late Vennet Maswahu and remained teaching at the Holy Family Mission School for three months before he left for Lusaka, Zambia.

Second was when he left the struggle halfway and came back to join the DTA and fought against the independence of Namibia. He twice contested the presidency of Namibia and failed. When he was about to be kicked out of DTA he started thinking about seceding the then Caprivi Region and went into exile for the second time in 1998.

The winds of change swept across the African continent and in Namibia parties like SWANU, OPO/Swapo and CANU were formed in the late 1950s and early 1960s. After CANU was formed in 1964, the late Branden Simbwaye left for Zambia to meet with the political leadership of Zambia, where he met Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, who was by then president-elect and the founding president of the Republic of Namibia, who was the leader of Swapo.

President-elect Kenneth Kaunda advised the president of Swapo and the president of CANU to form united front to fight the common enemy. The late Simbwaye brought this message home to his comrades.

Mishake Muyongo was not happy with this idea and started organising with the security forces to hijack the trip to Zambia by leaders to finalise the agreement by first disrupting the first ever public rally at Mafulo (the first black settlement west of Katima Mulilo) and to arrest his fellow leaders.

At the meeting the entire political leadership of CANU were present, the president of CANU, late Brendan Simbwaye and the handpicked vice president, Mishake Muyongo, and many others, like the late Vennet Maswahu, Tongo Nalishuwa, Zachariah Ndopu and others.

Muyongo is busy organising a lot of people in the region to advocate for secessionism. He is misleading people of his clan by bringing unrealistic arguments that Walvis Bay was part of South Africa. It was mentioned in the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia as part of Namibia, why was Caprivi not mentioned that it is not part of Namibia, so that there could be room for discussions on Caprivi later to cut it from the rest of Namibia?

Muyongo was part and parcel of the Constituent Assembly and leader of the DTA, with the second highest number of seats in parliament following Swapo. Where was he? Was he waiting to be the second president of the Republic of Namibia? He lost the second election in 1994 and his stronghold Caprivi Region gradually drifted towards the Swapo Party.

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