Eastern Caprivi Zipfel (ECZ) (Caprivi Strip) is an entity and a territory with its own geographically demarcated sovereign boundaries with its neighbouring countries. Its’ history is unique among Southern African countries despite the influence of its colonisers. The history and geographical situation of the Caprivi is clear to those who honestly want to know the truth.
In the map of Africa the Eastern Caprivi Zipfel (ECZ) is located among Southern African countries where it is geographically located surrounded by four countries; Angola on the (west), Botswana (on the South), Namibia (on the South west), and Zambia on the North. The strip or Territory has natural boundaries with its neighbouring countries. The territory is known by its finger like shape protruding out from its neighbouring countries. The Caprivi Strip, is recognised, identified, and cherished by its nationals calling it their homeland with its unique shared culture, values with distinctive languages for each social groups. Home to all Caprivians are Mabarakwena (occupying the western part), Mafwe, Mambukushu, Masubia, Matotela, Mayeyi making them a unified population. Caprivians are historically known to be decedents of Barotseland people but still remains an independent territory. Eastern Caprivi Zipfel (The Strip) is not a province or region of any country according to our views as Caprivians. We vehemently reject the accession of being a region of Namibia. The colonial history of Eastern Caprivi Zipfel justify the story of Caprivi as an entity on its own. The colonial history of Caprivi can be tressed back in the 1600 connected to British colonisation.
The Caprivi Consultative Committee (CCC) recognise traditional leaders in the Caprivi and respect our diversity, politician’s past and present for their political foundation and the history they have made for now and for the generation to come.