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Why did Lewanika collaborate with the British?

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Reasons for Lewanika collaboration with British include;

  • Needed protection from the internal enemies
  • He had been influenced by Khama of Ngwato to seek British assistances
  • He wanted to protect his kingdom against external invasion e.g. Ngoni
  • He desired western education and civilization of his people
  • Lewanika realized the futility of resisting against the British
  • He was encouraged by missionaries to seek British protection.
  • He wanted to safeguard his independence
  • He wanted to acquire material benefits
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