The Lwiindi Ceremony in Zambiaon March 9, 2012
Did you Know That The Lwiindi Ceremony is one of the biggest traditional ceremonies in Kazungula District in Southern Province?
The Lwiindi Ceremony which is one of the biggest traditional ceremonies in Southern Province has continued to dominate the annual celebrations in Kazungula district. The ceremony is an occasion where people of Southern Province come together to celebrate a successful harvest through feast and cultural dances. Chief Sekute of Kazungula district in Southern Province is one of the traditional leaders who celebrates the Lwiindi Ceremony every year.
On Tuesday, 22nd November, 2011, Chief Sekute hosted the 3rd Lwiindi Traditional Ceremony of the Toka-leya people of Kazungula district at his Chundu Royal. The event was witnessed by Chiefs Munokalya Mukuni and Nyawa of Kazungula district as well as representatives from the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) from Western Province. Senior government officials were also in attendance.
The Traditional Ceremony
During the traditional ceremony, elderly women and men as well as young people sang various traditional songs coupled with dances. They do this symbolically to thank God and the ancestral spirits for the good rains experienced during the previous agriculture season. During this moment the local people also ask God for more rains to pour and bring forth a good harvest in the current farming season. The celebrations start from Chundu Islands near the Zambezi River which is a burial site for chieftainess Inas Ng’andu who led the Toka-leya people before her death in 1910.
This year’s ceremony was characterized by dances and praises which took place at Chundu palace while the ceremony was on the last day (Wednesday) held at the burial site of late chiefs Chipulukata and Kalonga. The Sekute Royal Dance Troupe, Mukuni and the Ngoni Warriors of Eastern Province entertained the guests with traditional dances.
Speaking during the traditional ceremony, Chief Sekute urged the Government to embark on infrastructure development. The traditional leader said Government should work on the road network which is in a deplorable state and is making life difficult for farmers when it comes to transportation. He said the poor road network leading to the chief’s palace had greatly contributed to poor marketing of local produce. Chief Sekute appealed to government through the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) to consider lightening up his chiefdom to help promote development and improve people’s lives. The traditional ruler said this in a speech read on his behalf by Francis Sekute during the Lwiindi traditional ceremony of the Toka-leya.
And speaking at the same function, Kazungula district commissioner Muleya Siachinji said the government was committed to improving the welfare of the chiefs hence the establishment of the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs. He emphasized government’s commitment in supporting traditional ceremonies. Mr Siachinji urged the people to unite and work with government. He also asked the people of Sekute chiefdom to compliment government’s efforts in improving the district. ”Plans are underway to construct a bridge across the Zambezi River at Kazungula border and it will increase trade and national development.