Media Editor, Barotseland Post

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Three Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) Indunas, Kalonga (Mr. Lubasi Nalishua), Katema (Mr. Mowa Zambwe) and Isineke Namuyumba (Mr. Dominic Lisulo), have set off to Lusaka to allegedly ‘mislead’ the Zambian presidency that their mission of trying to convince Barotse into dropping the Barotseland ‘independence’ cause has been successful.

But the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) has cautioned that the three Induna will be delivering a report not backed by actual facts on the ‘ground,’ and that nobody supports their personal agenda of restoring the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964, effectively putting aside the March 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) resolutions of a totally self-determined Barotseland.

The three are reported to have travelled to Lusaka from Mongu yesterday, 24th March, 2016 on a mission to deliver a letter intended to misinform the Zambian president, Edgar Lungu, that the people of Barotseland have agreed to stop the case of Barotseland’s self determination.

The three have been trotting Barotseland the last part of 2015 until now, in the name of collecting views from the District Kuta, but almost all the Kutas they visited rejected their innuendoes firmly stating that they wish to stand by the resolutions made by the people of Barotseland through the BNC of 27th March, 2012, which unanimously elected for Barotseland independence from Zambia.

Accordingly, not even the Namuso Kuta (BRE kuta at Limulunga) have blessed their trip, except for the embattled Imwiko Lubosi II who is alleged to be aware of the trip and allowed it for personal preservation and personal profit.

But Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) Chairman General, Clement W. Sinyinda, has written the Zambian president cautioning him that any efforts made to try and address the Barotseland question devoid of inclusiveness, such as the one just undertaken by the three indunas were bound to fail.

“As you know, the Barotse government is one that is open, where major decisions are made publicly in broad daylight (like was the March 2012 BNC). Therefore, the Zambian government has been well advised to adopt a wide consultative approach embracing all major stake holders as opposed to selective engagements with only a handful of aristocrats who do not even represent the aspirations of the people if indeed they mean well and intend to find an amicable solution to the Barotseland question.

“Anything else will not do,” cautioned Hon. Sinyinda, stating clearly that the people of Barotseland considered the March 2012 BNC sacred so much that deviating from them would be the same as treachery and betrayal of the highest order.

The BNFA letter to the Zambian presidency was delivered and received by state house yesterday.

President Lungu of Zambia has not set foot in the disputed 'western province' since assuming office in January, 2015 last year, despite having visited all other provinces of Zambia, with others having been visited more than four times already.

 

A fundraising campaign has been started to raise money for the welfare of the three Barotseland political prisoners; Afumba Mombotwa, Inambao Kalima and Likandao Pelekelo.

The trio was sentenced to ten years imprisonment each with hard labour over politically motivated ‘crimes’ which judgment will be appealed against with your help of financial and material donations.

The money raised will be for legal fees to launch the appeal of judgment as well as to post bail for the political prisoners.

Financial donations can be deposited directly into the engaged law firm’s bank accounts as below, indicating ‘BAROTSE PRISONERS’ as the purpose of the donation:

Account Name: CENTRAL CHAMBERS

Bank: INDO ZAMBIA BANK

Branch: MAIN BRANCH, LUSAKA, ZAMBIA

Account: 0013020000062

Swift Code: INZAZMLX

For Money Gram services or Western Union money transfers, please, send directly to AKASHAMBATWA MBIKUSITA LEWANIKA

Other material donations such as cattle, goats, sheep, automobiles, etc will be appreciated and can be donated by directly contacting Prince Dr. Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika, the initiator and TRUSTEE for this campaign.

EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MOBILE: +26 0977-842931

FACEBOOK: [ https://www.facebook.com/akashambatwa.mbikusitalewanika?fref=nf ]

Any donation of any amount will be appreciated, considering this:

- If 30 people each speak with a contribution worth only USD 100.00 or its Kwacha equivalent, their immediate bail money shall be covered.

- If 300 people each speak with a contribution worth only USD 100.00 or its Kwacha equivalent, their legal costs for appeal shall be covered.

 

Prince Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika has called for as many people as are of a willing heart to donate for the welfare of the three Barotseland political prisoners currently serving 10 years jail sentences each, with hard labour, in Zambian prisons over a politically motivated case of treason.

Writing on social media Dr. Akashambatwa said he was personally inspired to make some donation of One Thousand Zambian Kwacha and one cow from his personal ‘kraal’ for their welfare in line with the words of Jesus Christ as he instructed his disciples to visit the afflicted, including prisoners, in their time of need.

The three, Barotseland Administrator General Afumba Mombotwa (58), Likando Pelekelo (59) and Sylvester Inambao Kalima (62) were sentenced to ten (10) years imprisonment each by high court Judge Dominic Sichinga under Zambia’s treason laws for their alleged role in carrying out the people of Barotseland’s desire for self-determination outside of Zambia, when in March 2012, the Barotse, at a regularly organized and Zambian government sponsored Barotse National Council (BNC) unanimously elected to declare Barotseland independence from Zambia.

This was after Zambia unilaterally and progressively repudiated the pre-independence agreement (The Barotseland Agreement 1964) that conjoined the two previously separate British protectorates of Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia into one sovereign republic, with Barotseland enjoying own government and relative autonomy.

However, with state and military power, Zambia reneged from the 1964 agreement shortly after independence resulting into the complete annexation of Barotseland by 1969. It is for questioning this political situation that the Barotse continue to suffer grave punishments at the heavy hand of the Zambian state ever since, firstly under the emergency rule of Kenneth Kaunda and throughout all the successive Zambian governments after that.

Consequently, in March 2012, the Barotse chose to formally accept Zambia’s abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964, after many repeated calls to have the agreement restored by the Zambian government were denied, essentially declaring the independence of Barotseland from its underlying status within Zambia.

Here below is Dr. Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika’s social media post of 23rd March 2016.

I have donated the 1,000 kwacha that was in my pocket and I shall be donating one cow from my kraal towards raising bail money for the following political prisoners:

  • Mutompehi Afumba Mombotwa
  • Mutompehi Pelekelo Likando
  • Mutompehi Kalima Inambao

Please, will you help with your contribution too?

If 30 people each speak (out) with a contribution worth only USD 100, their immediate bail money shall be covered.

If 300 people each speak (out) with a contribution worth only USD 100, their legal costs for appeal shall be covered.

I speak out because Jesus said:

‘... I was hungry and you gave me no food; I was thirsty and you gave me no drink; Vs 43. I was a stranger and you did not take me in, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’

Then they also will answer him, saying, ‘lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ then he will answer them, saying, ‘assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.

FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS.

 

The SNP will undertake a fresh drive for Scottish independence but not "browbeat" voters into backing change, party leader Nicola Sturgeon has said.

In September 2014, the electorate north of the border voted 55% to 45% to stay part of the United Kingdom.

The politician admitted that many had not "found our arguments compelling enough" to choose to leave.

The new strategy will begin in the summer, after May's Holyrood election and June's EU referendum.

In a message to those who did not vote "Yes" to Scottish independence, she said "we will listen to what you have to say".

Ms Sturgeon, who was addressing her party's spring conference in Glasgow, insisted that she would hear "concerns" and "address questions".

And she said the party was prepared to challenge some of the answers it gave nearly 18 months ago.

"Patiently and respectfully, we will seek to convince you that independence really does offer the best future for Scotland.

"A future shaped, not by perpetual Tory governments that we don't vote for, but by our own choices and our own endeavours," Ms Sturgeon said in a message to Scotland's electorate.

The MSP had already put it on record that a second independence referendum would "almost certainly" be triggered if Scotland voted to stay within the EU but the UK voted to leave - BBC

January 25, 2016

Outbreaks of cholera, measles and meningitis are common in resource-poor settings, despite affordable and efficient vaccinations being available; high seasonal peaks of malaria go unreported, and therefore the health response remains insufficient; and outbreaks of the lesser-known illnesses such as dengue and Chikungunya have recently been reported in new countries and areas.

 

Our pick of the week as trending on social media is HRH Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika.

Dr. Mbikusita is a prince of Barotseland, son of HRM Mbikusita Lewanika, King of Barotseland who was born 3rd February 1905 and died 7th February 1977 (reign: 1968 - 1977)

SOURCE: Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika  ( https://www.facebook.com/akashambatwa.mbikusitalewanika?fref=nf&pnref=story )

"... THE KICK IN THE TEETH CAME IN 1968 (AT A PRESS CONFERENCE, CASUALLY AND WITH SELF-RIGHTEOUS CONTEMPT) WHEN KAUNDA DECIDED (ANNOUNCED WITHOUT PRIOR CONSULTATION FOR) ... BAROTSELAND ...CHANGED TO WESTERN PROVINCE, A THOUGHTLESS GESTURE THAT OFFENDED THE BAROTSE PEOPLE.... LET US FORGET THE NONSENSE OF THE ‘WESTERN PROVINCE.’ BAROTSELAND IS BAROTSELAND TO ITS PEOPLE’,” - ANDREW SARDANIS, “ZAMBIA: THE FIRST 50 YEARS,” PAGES 217 AND 223 --- End Quote!

Although Dr. Mbikusita Lewanika clearly states that he does not entirely agree with the veteran Zambian politician and entrepreneur  Andrew Sardanis’ sentiments that the Barotseland question will be settled by merely re-instituting the name ‘Barotseland’ to the now ‘Western Province of Zambia’ he (Mbikusita Lewanika) decided to post the above extract from Andrew Sardinis’s latest book entitled ‘Zambia: The First 50 Years’ to his Face Book wall with him sporting a BAROTSELAND branded cap (see attached photograph).

This post has attracted many serious comments from not only Barotse people but also Zambians across the board, maybe because Dr. Akashambatwa is among the very few prominent figures, well known in both Zambia and Barotseland, who are no longer shying away, publicly, from the Barotseland question, which matter has had many Barotse people arrested  even for merely possessing literature about it.

To Prince Aka (as he is fondly known to many), we say congratulations on your winning the Barotseland Post SOCIAL MEDIA BUZZ pick of the week.

The Barotseland Post, also known as The Barotsepost, is an online media platform, for now, that is dedicated to reporting stories and news around Barotseland and beyond, giving exclusive coverage and access to the people and the nation of Barotseland to fully express themselves in their aspirations for self- determination.