An Open Letter to the GMO, “BNT” Syndicate – A BAROTSE CHANGE ultimatum!

08 September 2018
Author  Lindunda Wamunyima, Barotseland Post

We trust and pray that this correspondence finds you in the best of your health and spirits. Our calendars indicate that we are now in the month of September; a time when your clandestine negotiations regarding the defunct BA ’64 are supposedly commencing. We implore you, as Barotse nationals, to engage in serious self-introspection at least this once, aimed at reviewing the dangerous course you are taking against your own country, Barotseland, in the GMO Syndicate with the Zambian government. It is never too late to mend or reconsider your ways. Barotse Change is convinced that, given your high profile standing, are capable of defusing the beguiling and benumbing Zambian leaven of deception and act rationally and with dignity, coupled with nationalism and patriotism for Barotseland’s sake. It is our greatest desire, as proponents of Barotse Change, to appeal to you once more brothers and sisters for you to reconsider so that you do not find your names finally indelibly chronicled on the wrong and bad side of the history of both Northern Rhodesia “Zambia” and unquestionably Barotseland.

UNDOUBTEDLY, YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS SEPARATION ALREADY BETWEEN NORTHERN RHODESIA AND BAROTSELAND! ZAMBIA DITCHED US FIRST AND IN SO DOING, INITIATED THE SEPARATION WE HAVE BEEN “SINGING” ABOUT SINCE 27TH MARCH 2012. THE SEPARATION IS THE ABROGATION OF OUR 1964 POLITICAL UNION, MAINTAINED EVEN AGAINST BAROTSELAND’S IMPORTUNATE CALLS FOR RESTORATION FOR OVER FOUR DECADES UNFORTUNATELY IN VAIN. Subsequently, BAROTSELAND BECAME AN INDEPENDENT SOVEREIGN STATE AND NATION BY ACTION OF THE IRREVERSIBLE AND IRREFUTABLE 2012 BAROTSELAND NATIONAL COUNCIL (BNC). Both your high profile standing and schooling advantageously and adequately have illuminated your understanding of international legal framework provisions that;

1. The 2012 BNC action irreversibly served to approve the gulf of separation initiated by Zambia on Barotseland – Northern Rhodesia Union Treaty BA ‘64, such that it now remains an irrefutable and irreparable breach!

2. The status of BA’64 was that of a Treaty as defined by Vienna Convention and Law of Treaties (VCLT) and other principles of international law.

3. “Treaty” means an international agreement concluded between States in written form and governed by international law, whether embodied in a single instrument or in two or more related instruments and whatever its particular designation.

4. Termination (by 2012 BNC UDI) of the operation of a treaty as a consequence of the material breach of the bilateral treaty (Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia) by one of the parties (Zambia) entitled the other (Barotseland) to invoke the breach as a ground for terminating the treaty’s operation in whole (2012 BNC). [VCLT Article 60 (1)]

5. Recalling that on the 15th October, 1969, Zambian parliament passed a Bill into law, a constitutional Amendment Act [AMENDMENT ACT NO. 5 ] abrogating and repudiating the Treaty (Barotseland Agreement 1964) in its entirety, in so doing legally authored Barotseland's right to REVERTING to her/our original statuses as separate territories; as we were prior to Zambia’s independence in 1964.

6. On 27th March, 2012 Royal Barotseland Kingdom, using her SUPREME POLICYMAKING BODY the Barotseland National Council (BNC), therefore accepted Zambia’s 1969 material breach and divorce of Barotseland from the attempted unitary statehood. By action of the 2012 BNC Barotseland constituted her irrevocable independence charter as 2012 BNC Resolutions and UDI Mandate.

7. Hence Barotseland today cannot be cited for SECESSION by any impartial court, the United Nations or any other law-abiding institution. It is a done and clean game over!

8. Ultimately, WHAT BAROTSELAND IS SEEKING NOW IS THE COMPLETE SETTLEMENT OF SEPARATION MARKED BY COMPLETE DEPARTURE AND OBJECTIVE, DISINTERESTED WITHDRAWAL OF ALL ZAMBIAN ADMINISTRATION OFFICES AND PERSONNEL FROM BAROTSELAND AMICABLY.

9. Furthermore, you know very well that it is your detrimental high order compromise and Zambia’s continued illegal occupation of Barotseland which has caused the complete disengagement now six (6) years long behind schedule.

Be informed that GENUINE POLITICAL DIALOGUE that can finally settle amicably the political stalemate between the once unitary statehood partners of Zambia (Barotseland – Northern Rhodesia) is welcome, BUT NOT the way, YOU, the so-called Bulozi Negotiating Team (BNT) are pedalling the events. Be informed that IT IS NOW COMMON KNOWLEDGE IN BAROTSELAND THAT BAROTSE CHANGE REVOLUTION BETRAYALS LIKE YOURS ARE A RECIPE FOR DISASTER YOU ARE NOT PREPARED AND ABLE TO EXTINGUISH ONCE INCITED!

You have had enough time to appropriately use your authorities and powers, ascribed to you by Zambia, to benefit the logical resolution of Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia political impasse. Well, be it known to you that when you recuse yourself from affording Barotse Change its rightful and due process you definitely cease being one of the key factors in the logical conclusion of Barotse Change; but still be ready to face the Barotseland nation at the fullness of time.

The Questions GMO – “BNT” Syndicate must answer!

1. Are you aware that your actions are tantamount to treason against your own country Barotseland by supplanting BTG/RBG; a DUAL POWER in Barotseland governance ensued by the transformative 2012 BNC Resolution and UDI Mandate? We now have the apolitical monarchy and political civil structures combined in BTG BUT where are the AG Honourable Afumba Mombotwa’s led Government in all this? Why do you demean the 2012 BNC and expect us to honour your bogus activities being done without our consent!

2. Do you know that the much talked about BA ’64 actually never got effected such that negotiations over the subject matter in the first place are obstinate, wicked and irrational, much so after the 2012 BNC? Are you aware or simply ignore the fact that when the people of Zambia state “Zambia” shall remain a Unitary State they mean forced annexation of Barotseland to Northern Rhodesia as ‘Western Province’ in Zambia? Where is your nationalism and patriotism in all this?

3. Notably, are you aware that “Zambia” has not owned up to their mistake publicly, hence your dark corner negotiations? Are you aware that the long-reported government of Zambia’s modified options (GMO) to the now defunct BA ’64 is a deceitful affirmation of the separation that already exists, hence the desire for undercover dialogue by Northern Rhodesia?

4. When you talk about BA’64 negotiations was it Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE), Bulozi Negotiating Team versus Government Republic of Zambia (GRZ) OR it was Barotseland Government (BNG or BRA) versus Northern Rhodesia, in Britain’s presence negotiating for BA ‘64? Was it Paramount Chief, head of BRE in Western Province or Litunga (King) of Barotseland as head of Barotseland Government? Where is RBG or BTG in your clandestine manoevours, post the legal and historic 2012 BNC?

5. Therefore, on what basis are your meetings; country versus country or Province versus Country and why? If being done as part of “united” country, can a country negotiate with itself for a unitary treaty of BA ’64 or “BA’ 2018” magnitude? Who is your international arbiter – for Zambia cannot be the coloniser and arbiter at the same time, which is very absurd indeed!

6. If you are doing so as Zambians why not leave everything to the rightful citizens of Barotseland and so they can do it own way - how can you hope to resolve amicably the issues of Barotseland’s complete independence or whatever when your loci standing in this matter is in stark serious doubtful legitimacy? Why not give Barotse Change its due process and participation by the rightful stakeholders?

7. If your political dialogue is premised on forced integration or annexation AND NOT the finalising of the complete separation or disengagement of Barotseland and “Zambia” ARE YOU AWARE THAT YOU ARE JUST WASTING YOURSELVES, TIME, MONEY AND OTHER RESOURCES TO TRY AND THWART AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME? Are you aware that when all shall backfire you will be required to account for all that?

8. Does the “BNT” really have the assurance that the GRZ wants to use the “political dialogue” as a tool to resolve Barotseland deadlock with Zambia or is just an economic and political enterprise for yourselves as well as a procrastination ploy to delay longer the valid meaning and significance of the whole separation process started by Zambia in abrogating and repudiating the Union Treaty BA ’64?

9. Do you know as “BNT” that GENUINE POLITICAL DIALOGUE BAROTSELAND IS AWAITING, AMONG OTHER REASONS, IS CONTEXTUALLY AIMED AT PEACEBUILDING AND STATEBUILDING OF INDIVIDUAL PARTIES AT LOGGERHEADS; BAROTSELAND (PASSIVE SINCE 1964 AND ERRONEOUSLY CALLED WESTERN PROVINCE) AND NORTHERN RHODESIA (ROGUERY CALLED ZAMBIA SINCE 1969)?

10. As self-styled “BNT” are you aware that Barotseland knows that you are just being used overtly and covertly as ever before, to maintain the illusory Zambian status quo, by the illegally occupying regime in Barotseland? Do you know that the “GRZ” has no capacity now to pledge or indulge commitment and compliance to the endogenous process meant to enhance capacities, institutions and legitimacy of the states of Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia?

11. Didn’t you, as “BNT” members form part of the key and or normative participants in the 2012 BNC? This means that you were no ordinary stakeholders but that you are fully aware of the irreversibility, solemnity and immensity of the 2012 BNC Resolutions and UDI Mandate for Barotseland. IF YOU WALK BACK OVER YOUR WORD DO YOU HAVE TO FORCE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME EVEN IF IT MEANS DOING SO AGAINST THEIR DEMOCRATIC AND HUMAN RIGHTS HEIRLOOM? AND CAN WE HOLD YOU TRUSTWORTHY AND CAPABLE OF MAKING SIMILAR OR IMPORTANT DECISIONS AS PRINCIPLED MEN AND WOMEN IF YOU ARE CAPABLE OF RENEGING YOUR 2012 BNC STANCE?

12. Therefore, are you aware that your ruses reported in the media recently despite being illegal, subversive and inferior to our 2012 BNC Resolutions the Barotseland’s 2012 UDI Mandate is impervious to your conspiracies? Do you know as BNT that your persistent betrayal of your motherland is an indication that you are either seriously bereft of the crux of genuine political dialogue or that you are just determined dissidents of Barotseland, betrayers thirsty for more Barotzish innocent blood? Therefore, do you know that THE DEAL PRODUCT OF YOUR NEGOTIATIONS IS DECREED BOGUS ALREADY, IN ALL TERMS OF REFERENCES?

Brethren, by the mercies of the God of Barotseland and self-proclaimed Christian nation Zambia, Barotse Change is ultimately appealing to you to resist the evil and antagonistic move you are occasioning and compelling against your own people and country Barotseland! You are treading on very dangerous grounds; if at all the media reports on the subject matter are a substantiated material breach against the 2012 BNC. This is because your loci-standing on the issues you are reportedly embarking on in the name of Republic of Zambia’s government modified options (GMOs) to the defunct BA ’64 is seriously wanting, compromised, and an indictment of international law and organisations you claim to belong to. Whether you will be corrected by them or not is not for Barotseland to decide. However, what Barotseland will not allow is your messing up with Barotzis anymore. This is just to put it on record that you were advised accordingly but you despised advice. This is a matter in which every reasonable, contemporary Barotseland citizen and law-abiding global citizens can clearly see that there is something terribly wrong going on with your attempted agenda. The activities of “BNT” are a scenario TANTAMOUNT TO SELLING OFF BAROTZIS AND OUR OWN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY AWAY WITHOUT OUR PERMISSION. Nothing then becomes worse than this and be it known that Barotseland is greater than individual citizens and, therefore, stands ready to defend herself in whatever ways available. If you are ready to face the consequences of your actions someday soon, as well have your names engraved in the Hall of Infamy in Barotseland then go ahead! TAKE TIME AND LEARN LESSONS FROM PROGRESSIVE AND RECENT POLITICAL BREAKTHROUGHS - There is nothing that lasts forever under the sun! Your dissident and retrogressive ploys against Barotseland will soon be satiated self-aggrandisement and regrettable history!

Tukongote, Litunga Ni lyetu.

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