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Twenty-six years ago, the author and editor of this book, Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika, who is popularly called Aka, spear-headed the July 1990 founding of the Movement for Multi-party Democracy and was appointed as its Founder National Secretary.  In this initiative, Aka was following his father and grandfather in the path of public service rooted in indigenous African nationalism but open to flowering in cosmopolitan modernity in the course of African liberation.  Sixty-eight years ago, in 1948, Aka’s father, Mbikusita-Lewanika took up the challenge of taking up the Founder presidency of the Northern Rhodesia African Congress, before being placed on the throne of Barotseland as Litunga Lewanika II.  One Hundred and Five years ago, Aka’s grandfather, King Lewanika the First of Barotseland, who is the subject of this book, was one of the seven African Kings appointed as Honourary Presidents and Members of the Upper House of the South African Native National Congress at its founding in 1912.


This book is based on an Inaugural Lecture that was presented by Prince Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika on 14 July 2016, which took place at the Freedom Park, Pretoria, Gauteng Province of South Africa. The Lecture focused on King Lewanika the First of Barotseland (1842-1916). Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika is a grandson of King Lewanika I and a son of Litunga (King) Lewanika II, whose personal name was Mbikusita Lewanika.


He has served Zambia in different capacities, including as Managing Director of the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority. Earlier, he served as a subsidiary General Manager as well as Group Controller of Group Management Services and Group Director of Projects of the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia. He served as a legislator, a Cabinet Minister of Science, Technology and Vocational Training, before resigning from the ministerial position in protest against creeping corruption, undemocratic tendencies and socially insensitive economic policies.  He also served as Special Assistant (Political) to the state President, Chairman of the National Economic Advisory Council, Chairman of the National Governing Council of the African Peer Review Mechanism and a Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission.