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Bukalo is located in Namibia
Location in Namibia
Coordinates: 17°43′S 24°31′E / 17.717°S 24.517°E / -17.717; 24.517
Country  Namibia
Region Zambezi
Population (2014)
 • Total 500
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)

Bukalo is a village in the Zambezi region of north-eastern Namibia. It is situated about 40 kilometres (25 mi) south-east of Katima Mulilo within the flood plains of the Zambezi. Bukalo has c. 500 inhabitants and was proclaimed a village in 2013 by the government of Namibia.[1]

The Masubia Royal headquarters is located in Bukalo, this is where the Masubia Khuta, the palace of the Masubia Royal House, is situated. Current Chief of the Masubia tribe is Kisco Liswani III. Annually in winter Bwikuhane Bwetu, the cultural festival of the Masubia is celebrated at Bukalo.[2] which usually attracts thousands of the Masubia ethnic group from all over the country.


After its proclamation as a village in 2013[3] Bukalo is now governed by a village council that has five seats.[4] The administration of Bukalo is headed by a Chief Executive Officer who reports to Councillors who are politically elected by the inhabitants of the Village. Martin Nyambe Limbo is the current and founding Chief Executive Officer who was appointed in July 2015.

Zambezi Region, to which Bukalo belongs, is traditionally a stronghold of Namibia's ruling SWAPO party. It won the 2015 local authority election by a landslide, gaining all five seats and 189 votes. The Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) and the National Democratic Party (NDP) also ran and received 18 and 2 votes, respectively.[5]


  1. ^ "New Bukalo village council eyes development". Namibian Sun. 28 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Sanzila, George (29 July 2013). "Thousands celebrate Bwinkuhane Bwetu". New Era. Archived from the original on 29 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Sanzila, George (20 August 2014). "Bukalo prepares for historic election". New Era. 
  4. ^ "Know Your Local Authority". Election Watch (3). Institute for Public Policy Research. 2015. p. 4. 
  5. ^ "Local elections results". Electoral Commission of Namibia. 28 November 2015. p. 7. 

Coordinates: 17°43′S 24°31′E / 17.717°S 24.517°E / -17.717; 24.517