Fifty Years of Kasempa District 1964-2014: Change and Continuity

by Dick Jaeger

This web page has slowly developed since September 2018. In February 2019, we added pictures of Dick, along with his translator. Then in July 2019, we added Dick’s 1975 History of Kasempa. The main focus has remained Dick’s 96 page pdf file: “Kasempa.” This provides many helpful pictures and maps of Kasempa along with his text. (The maps were done by Mr. Joseph Chilila at the University of Zambia.) Especially note the pictures of [Jesse] Jersey Jipampala Sandasanda, an important figure in modern Kasempa/Kaonde History. Anyone interested in Kasempa District during the last 50 years is urged to read Dick’s documents. To open the first, click this link: Kasempa by Dick Jaeger (pdf document) or for other documents, click various links below.

February 2020:  Note two additions (or corrections). First, Margaret O’Callaghan’s minor corrections to Dick’s “Kasempa” paper. In an email on 14th January 2020, she simply said that in the “mine related areas, it is Kisasa and Manyama, not Manyinga which is over the road to Zambezi. Also it is Kalumbila.” More significant are the two pdf files (with three photos) added at the bottom of this page, which contain much more about Mr. Sandasanda, who is crucial to Kasempa District’s modern history.

The following is a link to Dick’s 1981 dissertation, “Settlement patterns and rural development: a human geographical study of the Kaonde, Kasempa District, Zambia.” It is available for scholars to use at no cost from the University of Amsterdam’s website:

Dick has spent most of his academic life focused on Kasempa District. In 1975, he published the following work on the Kasempa District: A History of the Kasempa District Northwest Province Zambia 1975 (pdf document) Scholars may wish to check it, along with his other works.

Annexes added in mid-2019. These annexes can help readers with his 1975 document. He wants them placed here before the following maps: Dick_annexes_2019 (pdf document).

Maps also added by Dick in mid-2019. The heading for Maps 2A and 2B below should read: “Location village clusters in Kasempa District 1945 and 1970 (source: refer to D. Jaeger, 1981, page 85.)” He later changed map 1B and noted: A new map 1B “because I got information that the many mining activities have changed so much in the region of Solwezi. The district is now divided into three districts. There are several new large townships and I added two sprawling new towns namely Kisasa and Manyinga. The latter one also became the capital of the new district Kalumbilu.”

Also, on 17th July 2019, Dick requested the following two maps of Kasempa Township and District be added: “a map of Kasempa district about 2014 and and a map of the Kasempa township about 2014.” Dick also wants readers to note that the maps have been drawn by Mr J.K. Chalila, who is in Lusaka and retired from UNZA Geography Department

Here are three photos of Dick spanning many years from about 1972 to 2010.

[Jesse] Jersey Jipampala Sandasanda was one of the first African educators in Kasempa. He is noted in my e-book as being very active in the early 1930s, but unfortunately I did not interview him. Dick tells me that he died somewhat recently while the headman of Kiboko Village, obviously at a very advanced age. On 10th January 2020, Dick Jaeger sent new materials (below) as a memorial to him. Also below, see the photographs and three letters by Jesse.

On 10th January 2020, Dick sent me two important pdf files that he recently located and/or has worked on. One is by [Jesse] Jersey Jipampala Sandasanda himself in February 1963: 2 pp. and is partly manuscript. Dick has also just drafted four pages about Jesse from old notes: “life history of Sandasanda.” At Dick’s request, I had hoped to edit the second, but this has not been possible. Both pdf files are important for readers interested in Kaonde history. Click on the above links in this paragraph to read these files. Also see three more pictures of Jesse, his wife, and others that that have just been added below:

Three manuscript letters by [Jesse] Jersey Jipampala Sandasanda sent from Kanongo Hill school on 3rd April 1968 that Dick feels are important for readers.


Please use the following link to see more Kaonde / Kasempa materials. This is a website being developed by Bright Muya Kifita and his colleagues who wish to help everyone know more about their beloved part of the world: