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Bangweolu Tour Report, March 1931
REPORT ON A TOUR MADE BY G.C.R. CLAY
I. RANK . . . . . . . . CADET
2. LEFT LUWINGU . . . . . . . . MARCH 11TH 1931.
3. MILES TRAVELLED
4. DISTRICTS VISITED
One village – Malizawa – has recently come from the Fort Rosebery district, owing to the fact that a lion killed a child there. As these natives are away gathering their crops near their old village, it was not possible to census them. This, however, could be done at a later date, when the government camp at Muchinshi is next visited.
6. VILLAGE PATHS.
There are now over 200 native-owned bicycles on the island, so that the natives themselves are realising the value of good roads.
Enough care is not taken by natives to avoid coming into contact with those suffering from leprosy. In one case a woman and two small children, none of whom were affected, were found living in a hut with a leper at some distance from the village. In a second case, two lepers were discovered sitting among the natives in the village while the census was being taken, the excuse given was that they had come in to see the official.
The chief was told to deal severely with any natives found in leper’s huts, and to hold the headman responsible in cases where a leper had entered a village.
As the island is a small one, it might perhaps be practicable to form a village out of the 27 lepers thereon, and to impose a heavy penalty on anyone found entering or leaving it.
“ “ “ “ “ “ outside “ “ . . . . . . . . 22
Total No: of taxable males in villages visited . . . . . . .1842
Many natives were given passes to Ndola to seek work.
These statistics show a further reduction of over 200 in the number of sheep on the island since last year, said to be due to disease and the depredations of hyenas. There are no lion or leopards on the islands, so that there should be no difficulty in exterminating hyenas also, but the natives do not appear to possess enough initiative and organisation to EFFECT this. As there is a ready sale for sheep, it seems a pity that a really effective round-up is not held.
11. NATIVE TAX.
The centre Maria Mission was visited, and the Father Superior held a cinema show for the edification of the above chiefs.
I was informed that there are some 200 Christians on the island out of a total population of 8723 souls.
Here is a fascinating account of the 1958 "Chilubi Incident" (of which I had never heard)