Editor General, Barotseland Post

Editor General, Barotseland Post

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Zambia's sixth president Edgar Lungu must touch the ground running over the issue of Barotseland, there is no honeymoon on this issue. Our 2012 BNC resolutions are clear and empathetic. Barotseland's right to self rule cannot be denied to her by any one as it hinges on public international law. We believe in the right to self determination and nothing can change our resolve even in the face of death.

During the run up to Zambia's sixth presidential election, Ludwig Sondashi and Nevers Mumba freely discussed this issue and none was arrested and charged with treason. Why should it only become treason when discussed by Lozi nationals? This exposes Zambia's double standards and it should be a wakeup call to all the people of Barotseland that Zambia holds worst consideration for  Barotseland. The utterances of Dr. Ludwig Sondashi are worthy reading knowing that they come from a Zambian constitutional lawyer:-

  • "Barotseland is not a province of Zambia and, therefore, not like any province of Zambia. It was (until 27th March 2012) in fact a state within a state just like it was a protectorate within a protectorate from 1911 to 1964.
  • The decision as to whether Barotseland should be part of Zambia (upon the restoration of the BA’64 of course) or pursue its own independent statehood (as per the March 2012 BNC Resolutions) is a preserve of the people of Barotseland alone without the interference of the rest of Zambia"

One is confronted with a question, though, why the Zambian government did not arrest and charge Dr. Sondashi of treason felony? Neither has his party been outlawed for being 'divisive' nor his manifesto classified as being 'seditious' material, as many other Zambians commented on this issue but were left Scot free without arrest. This accords a rare window into the thinking and rationale of the Zambian government's views on the Barotseland issue. Therefore, Lozis from all walks of life should now be speaking freely about Barotseland's Right to self-determination and self-rule or indeed participating in any way possible because IT IS NOT TREASON TO SEEK FREEDOM.

We expect the Barotseland patriot for independence and the BRE to engage the new Zambian president Edgar Lungu to immediately start the negotiations of disengagement as tricksters will never be tolerated. Remember that this is the man who exhibits worst considerations of Barotseland and never said anything about it during his presidential message campaigns. We expect tougher time ahead with this man from the way he handled it when he was a minister of Home affairs and Defense; he militarized our territory, arrested our activists and detained them for months without trial, even now the Administrator General of Barotseland provisional government and others are still incarceration at Mwembeshi state prison. The people of Barotseland will not take it kindly with Zambia should the issue of Barotseland not be given serious considerations it deserves and the Lukewarm  altitude of the BRE will not be accommodated.

Barotseland forward

By Saleya Kwalombota

I do not delight in talking of the recent Zambian presidential by-election results for the reason that Zambia as a unitary state no longer exists. However, it is worthy analyzing the outcome of the presidential results. It is worthy of note that the outcome of Zambia's presidential by-election has exposed that Zambia is indeed a divided country, contrary to the one 'Zambia one nation' slogan misinterpreted to be the uniting of 73 Zambian ethnic tribes. However, this result has not come as a surprise to most, because since Independence, Zambia has never had a president from the region that was once under Barotseland North western Rhodesia, unless anointed by a Bemba clique within the ruling party e.g the late Levy Mwanawasa. The vote has clearly being divided along the lines of the old boundaries of Barotseland North Western Rhodesia on one side and the North Eastern Rhodesia on the other, with the latter voting predominantly for the wining candidate, Edgar Lungu, in the 20th January 2015. This in itself is not the worrying issue, but what is very worrying is the backlash being received by the tribes hailing from the other side who opted to vote for the losing candidate, Hakainde Hichilema, who are now being called all sorts of unprintable words and names for not having voted for their winning candidate!

For the past 50 years, Zambia has been running a scheme to oppress and hurt Lozi nationals and ethnic tribes of North western Rhodesia. Talking to any Lozi hailing from Barotseland from all the walks of life, except those whose stomachs are fed by the PF oppressive regime, they will confess that they are genuinely hurt. The hatred for the Lozi nationals and tribes of former North western Rhodesia is rife in every sphere of life in Zambia and now it has even turned into a terminally illness without cure, hence the justifiable call of the Patriots for Barotseland independence. Lozis are not seeking attention, but respect of their inalienable right of self determination. Zambia is a Christian nation and as Christians believe, in particular, that without shedding of Jesus's blood, there could be no salvation. The blood of Jesus Christ still speaks even today. In the same vein the Barotseland activist’s blood that was shed in 2011 is speaking up to now until the reason it was shed for is accomplished, there is no turning back.

It should not be forgotten that the ‘One Zambia and One Nation’ slogan was corrupted by the Kaunda regime, contrary to a social unifying slogan as many people perceive it today, but an anthropological and sociological scheme formulated to devalue the status of the Lozis in Zambia and its results can be seen on the faces of many Lozis in Barotseland. Unfortunately, despite their education, intelligence and being predisposed to leadership, many elite Lozis of profound standing bought into the slogan for the sake of their stomachs, selfishness and greediness which has led Barotseland to its present day enslavement. It is not a hidden fact that most of the prominent Lozis that became Dr. Kaunda’s close associates became Lozi sell-outs. Even today, they will never stand for the noble cause of freeing Barotseland from the yokes of discrimination, poverty, illiteracy and disease which came as a result of bonding Barotseland to thieves. And today the hatred for the Lozis and North western Rhodesian tribes is no longer a secret, but it has been professionalized.

In Zambia today, it is neither a crime nor a sin for most of the private radio and television stations located in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, which are licensed to broadcast in English as the official language but instead, have resorted to using only two native languages, that is, Bemba and Nyanja. Even the national’s Public Broadcaster ZNBC, despite English being the official language, their DJs and TV presenters have also resorted to only using two native languages in addition to English to the displeasure of well meaning Zambians.

If the time for the Lozi people has come for them to restore their territory, why should a person who does not hail from Barotseland stop them in the first place? Zambia has no powers, whatsoever, to continue enslaving the Lozi nationals. The people are tired of discrimination, segregation, poverty, arrests and subjugation.

Barotseland forward

By Saleya Kwalombota

LUSAKA – President Robert Mugabe came face to face with how Zambians feel about his continued 35-year-long stay in power. Huge crowds of Zambians chanted “MUGABE MUST GO” at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the capital Lusaka.

Mugabe is in Lusaka to attend the inauguration of Zambia’s new president on Saturday following elections held this week. Strangely Mugabe left for Zambia even before the results had been announced.

The Radisson Blu Hotel is the current base of the opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development.

Ruling party Patriotic Front candidate Edgar Lungu was tipped to win the presidential election after building what appeared to be an unassailable lead against his closet rival, Hichilema.

Mugabe, who is chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and incoming African Union (AU) chair, was met at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport by Zambia’s Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Nkandu Luo and Zimbabwe’s ambassador Getrude Takawira and her deputy Marshall Matutu.

The elections in Zambia followed the death of President Michael Sata in October 2014. - Nehanda Radio

Hakainde Hichilema claims ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu’s win was "predetermined"

Zambia's ruling party candidate, Edgar Lungu, won the presidential election on Saturday with 48.3 per cent of the vote, the Electoral Commission of Zambia said.

Mr Lungu narrowly defeated his closest rival, Hakainde Hichilema, in the contest to succeed Michael Sata, who died in office in October aged 77.

Mr Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) won 46.67 per cent of the vote.

Mr Lungu's victory was greeted with cheers and dancing after the chairwoman of the Electoral Commission of Zambia Ireen Mambilima, announced the results of the Tuesday vote which Mr Hichilema had earlier denounced as a sham.

“If Edgar Lungu is sworn in as president he will certainly be an illegitimate president going by what we have discovered at the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ),” Mr Hichilema, a millionaire cattle-rancher, told a press conference in the capital Lusaka on Saturday afternoon.

“He truly knows that the results that have been given to him by individuals at the ECZ are not from the citizens who voted. A stolen election does not reflect the will of the people and is not going to deliver.”

His claims followed several tense days after the vote count was delayed by heavy rains preventing the delivery of ballot boxes from outlying areas.

Despite Mr Hichilema's allegations, he appealed for calm from his supporters, reminding them that the general election in 2016 was not far away.

"People who steal elections come and go. The people of Zambia are always there,” he said.

Mr Hichilema had made allegations about foul play before the polls closed, saying helicopters carrying his election officials had been blocked from taking off, and ballot boxes had failed to arrive in strongholds of his UPND party.

He has also accused the ruling Patriotic Front of corruption in the last general election in 2011, and subsequent by-elections.

At his last rally in a sports stadium in the capital, Mr Lungu warned his rival not to make trouble. “I urge him to accept the result because if he loses and becomes funny I will deal with him,” he said. “I will not hesitate to enforce the law. I will jealously guard the election."

The Southern African Development Community, which sent election monitors to Zambia, declared it “free and fair” on January 22. - The Telegraph

Zambia's presidential election has been won by Defence and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu of the Patriotic Front.

Mr Lungu won by a 48.3% majority, the election commission said, after an election race marred by delays.

His rival, Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development, who earlier denounced Tuesday's election as a sham, came close with 46.7% of the vote.

The election was called after the death of President Michael Sata last October.

Mr Lungu, who will be sworn in on Sunday, said he aims to complete economic development projects begun by his predecessor.

On Saturday, Mr Hichilema called the "election" stolen, accusing the electoral commission of manipulating the results to favour Mr Lungu, a former lawyer

White president

In the interim period following Mr Sata's death, Zambia was ruled by Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent.

He was prohibited from contesting the election because his parents were not born in Zambia.

Mr Scott was the first white president in mainland Africa for 20 years and has been involved in Zambian politics since the 1990s.

Though he was close to Mr Sata and served as his running mate, his relationship with Mr Lungu is less cordial.

In November he sacked Mr Lungu as the Patriotic Front's secretary-general prompting riots in the country

Mr Lungu will serve the remainder of Mr Sata's term until elections in 2016 - BBC

The Global Prayer Group for Barotseland is calling on all people of Barotseland and other Christians who know God, to pray and fast for the health and safety of Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa, the head of Barotseland transitional government, currently incarcerated at Zambia's state prison of Mwembeshi for trumped up charges of treason without trial. Barotseland Administrator General Afumba Mombotwa was arrested on December 5th of 2014 together with Hon. Sylvester Kalima Nambao and Rt. Hon Likando Pelekelo.

Others also incarcerated in various Zambian jails over similar charges of sedition or publication of false news with intent to alarm the nation – a charge that was recently ruled unconstitutional in the Zambian high court, although Barotse people are arrested and convicted over the same unconstitutional charges in Zambian courts, are Hon. Masiye Masiyaleti, Hon. Mubita Waluka who are members of the transitional government, and the Barotseland National Youth League trio of Boris Muziba, Nayoto Mwenda and Sikwibele Wasilota. On 4t December 2014, Judge I.C.T Chali ruled at Lusaka High Court, in a case between 'MacDonald Chipenzi, Richard Sakala, Simon Mwanza' and the 'People' on one count of Publication of False information with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public, contrary to section 76(1) of the penal code, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia, that this was not only Unconstitutional in a post colonial democratic state such as Zambia. However, what is sad is that four Barotseland nationals namely, Mubita Waluka, Boris Muziba, Nayoto Mwenda and Sikwibele Wasilota are currently serving prison sentences of up to 3 years with hard labor on the same charge deemed unconstitutional in Zambia.

“We wish to request that private and corporate prayers be continually raised on behalf of all these leaders and their families. Pray for their safety, and that of their families, and pray for justice to be done in their cases,” appealed Heather, the international coordinator of the Global Prayer Group.

She further advised to pray with the wisdom of the Holy Scripture, and with fasting to the best of people’s abilities and opportunities, either individually or corporately with families or friends or indeed as church groups.

“Pray alone, seeking scripture, pray out loud and pray in thoughts, pray with your family and friends, ‘where two or three are gathered’, in bible studies, in church, and where possible, asking all Pastors to hold special prayers dedicated to the leaders in prisons as they need all our prayers now, more than ever before, until justice has been granted to them,” concluded Heather.

The Global Prayer Group for Barotseland is a non denominational social network of people from various countries of the world, who have joined together in prayer devotion for and on behalf of Barotseland and Zambia, so that the two will resolve peacefully the matters that have come between them as a result of the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964, cutting across political and denominational persuasions.

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