Political Editor, Barotseland Post

Political Editor, Barotseland Post

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PREAMBLE

Political and economic freedom without emancipated human mindset is not true and complete freedom indeed. With our heightened Barotse Change I now strongly believe the struggle should now concentrate Barotse Change management’s collective mind on something that presents most change agendas with an unfamiliar challenge. In major transformations leaders traditionally focus their attention on devising the best strategic and tactical plans as in, Barotseland case; Barotseland 8th September 2011 UDI, the framing of the 2012 BNC Resolution, establishment of the BTG, engagement of international fraternity among others. Much as this component is important, to succeed, we also must have an intimate understanding of the human side (“software” and persware) of change management to ensure the alignment of the Barotseland’s culture, values, people, and behaviours that encourage the PURELY BAROTZISH desired MINDSET CHANGE and OUTCOMES. Once the persware’s “soft” issues are taken care of it makes the rest of the Barotse Change components easier to manage. That is, it is quite thorny for us to embrace complete political and economic independence for Barotseland if most Barotzish are still caged mentally and captivated in ZAMBIANSHIP especially politically and economically! In such a condition radical measures become a must or obvious. The radical measures are embedded in and constitute what I would term the Ten (10) Priority Principles of Barotseland Change Management.

BAROTSE CHANGE CHARACTERISTICS

To understand this aspect of reality we need to remind each other about the nature of our dear transformation – the Barotse Change. A long-term organisational transformation like Barotse Change has four identifiable characteristics:

a) SCALE; the size and extent of change – the Barotse Change affects all of our country Barotseland. That is, the scale of our change is comprehensively national – all-inclusive both at home and those in the diaspora. Also includes international scale constituted as the friends of the Team Barotse ‘abroad’.

b) SIGNIFICANCE; it is very critical in that it involves both the full restoration of Barotseland to its pre-1964 status as well as make validation and significant alterations of the status quo and failed Unitary Statehood with Northern Rhodesia Zambia; hence the diffidence, indifference, averseness and resistance to Barotse Change in certain quarters of our community and diaspora. It is a matter of do or die for a country that was threatened with extermination for decades!

c) DURATION; unlike wishful thoughts and dreams our Barotse Change has had a phase since 18th May, 1964; lasting for decades, years, months, weeks, days and finally moments, to the full restoration of what was forfeited and sacrificed then.

d) STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE; Barotse transformational change aims at full restoration of our motherland to its pre-Zambian independence status, but this time as a Constitutional Democratic Monarch. This means among others, autonomy, self-determination and sovereignty as a nation and state, in the management of our national affairs.

Yet Barotseland will reap maximum rewards only when Barotse Change occurs at the level of the individual Barotzish. All apparent gaps in our national structure should be closed down. Otherwise, anything and anybody dissident to our dear cause will easily creep in to take advantage and endeavour to fill in the ‘blanks’. THE BALL IS ENTIRELY IN OUR COURT BUT WHAT NEXT the masses are anxiously inquiring! Should we wait until the next Zambian president comes up with his own sugar coated schemes or whatever, in their electioneering gymnastics using our electorates and people for door marts only, into their power houses?

Read Part 02 here.

 

It is with pleasure and a sense of historical responsibility that I headed a small delegation from Barotseland to be present at the ANC’s 104-anniversary celebration, which is in honour of the founders of the ANC.

This history of Barotseland in Southern Africa is worthy of celebrations, and as a part of it, my delegation has appreciated the opportunity having shared in it. However, out of this celebration, we learn that this ANC cross-border foundation is essential towards consolidating advances made and to teaching cross-border solidarity over what remains of our common struggle for democracy and development, in justice, freedom and equality.

The ANC leadership has commendably invited us to look at the joint cross-border past Barotseland and South Africa common efforts against European domination, exploitation and human rights violation against African people. In our turn, we are critically inviting the ANC leadership to focus on the outstanding and unsatisfactory plight of Barotseland.

The country was Barotseland Protectorate under treaties independently negotiated with the British Crown. It was Barotse Province, after independence, when the 1964 Barotseland Agreement replaced the treaties with Britain, and allowing Barotseland to be an integral part of Zambia. The Zambian Government, which still stands by this deliberate failure to honour even a nation building foundational promised, unilaterally abrogated this Agreement in 1969.

This Agreement was the only mutually agreed guarantee or mechanism for the reconciliation of Barotse national interests within postcolonial Zambia. By this act, and to apply Wole Soyinka’s line of thought,

“A profound trust was betrayed, and only a community of fools will entrust its most sacred possession – nationhood – yet again to a class that has proven so fickle, so treacherous and dishonourable.”

To add insult to injury of betraying the trust of Barotseland, Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda exercised the same impulse as European-American bent on enslaving Africans. European enslavers of Africans imposed European or meaningless names on captive Africans, so that they may forget their roots and identity as distinct human beings, who had been free and independent, with own African homeland and a socio-cultural system. Similarly, there was a presidential decree renaming of Barotseland as Western Province, against the will of Barotse people, in an effort to subjugate and degrade Barotseland and erase its identity, integrity and history.

The population of Barotse nationals is comparable to SADC member states. Barotseland has a land mass that is larger or equal to that of 19 African Union member states. Barotseland has an over 400 year’s nation building and survival drive, and was not a creation of colonialism. Partisan and short-term political expedience cannot wish away, ignore and bury this endeavor. Barotseland is an integral part of broader African and Sub regional history that is a critical corner stone in the foundation of the continuing long walk to African liberation, in its full context.

Barotseland is in an unattainable situation that makes peace with justice and freedom impossible. There is continuous violation of human rights. There has hardly been a single year without Barotse political prisoners, since the 1969 unilateral abrogation of the 1964 Barotseland Agreement. Currently, four Barotse nationals were captured and have been kept in a maximum prison, caged in a cell, which is not fit for a piggery. European colonialists built this cell to hold 20 native prisoners; it is now stuffed with 300 Africans, including the four Barotse political prisoners.

On one hand, the Zambian Government has unilaterally abrogated the 1964 Barotseland Agreement, which was on the 'freely negotiated and agreed' basis, making Barotseland an integral part of Zambia. On the other hand, the Zambian Government has applied the police state force against Barotse nationals’ human rights and Barotseland’s right to self-determination. This situation has made Barotseland a nation without a state.

In its founding spirit, the ANC has led the liberated South Africa to the forefront of African efforts towards maintaining peace and security, including measures for preventing and removing threats to the peace. This has not ruled out application of means of suppressing acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, towards justice and freedom. It has also been in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, which seeks to develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, but is not, and should not, be limited to interstate relations to internal violations of human rights and threats to peace.

By extending this policy action line to address the plight of Barotseland, the ANC, through the South African Government, would be fulfilling its founding perception and mission, as commemorated so joyfully and proudly during the 104th Anniversary celebrations, which we have gratefully witnessed. Let the linkage be unbroken!

The 104th ANC Anniversary Cerebrations upheld significant cross-border memorable and still critical linkages. President Jacob Zuma’s statement to Traditional leaders and address at the Dinner show at Sun City on January 8, 2016 as well as the Rally at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg on January 6, 2016 highlighted these features. Among these are Barotseland’s more than 160 years old social and economic linkages with South Africa in general and the 104 years political association with the ANC in particular. My participation in the subject celebrations underscores this.

As President Zuma pointed out, this history teaches that the ANC has a cross-border sub regional foundation stones, focus and aspirations. One of many illustration of this is the inerasable historical fact that King Lubosi Lewanika of Barotseland was among the seven African Kings appointed as Honourary Presidents of the South African Native National Congress at its founding in 1912, 104 years ago.

King Lewanika the First is the father of Mbikusita Lewanika, who, somewhat like his father, also served as the Founder President General of the Northern Rhodesia African Congress (1948 to 1951) before enthronement as King Lewanika the Second of Barotseland (1968 to 1977). Mbikusita Lewanika warmly hosted his counterpart, the then ANC President Dr James Moroka‘s family at his home in Kitwe, Northern Rhodesia in 1951 - ten years before Nelson Mandela passed through in the rather hesitant 1962 reception by UNIP leadership.

King Lewanika the First is the grandfather of the writer, Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika, who has been the initiator and Founder National Secretary of the Movement for Multi-party Democracy, which ended the One Party State in Zambia (1990 to 1991.) Zambian political leaders befriending the ANC have either consistently sought to hide or have been ignorant about this precious history starting with King Lewanika the First as one of the Founder Honourary Presidents of the ANC at founding 104 years ago.

The ANC is continuing to stress the full range of its roots, including the long and diverse association with Barotseland. This is commendable and valuable.

We are grateful that President Zuma, working together with Mandla Mandela the traditional leader of Mvezo, had extended an invitation to my sister and myself, who are grand children of King Lewanika the First of Barotseland, at the official opening of the Makgato Lewanika Mandela Primary School, Quno. We regret that we were unable to be present due to change of dates and logistics; however, we were very much there in spirit. It has been our faith that the future holds prospects for our presence at such occasions.

The first decade of the 20th Century ended with establishment of a common purpose between Afrikaner and British European settler communities through the 1910 Union of South Africa dominion status. This was a united European settler determination to dispossess and disempower Africans in South Africa as well as the rest of Central and Southern Africa. The second decade opened with the 1912 founding of the South African Native National Congress, for Africans within and beyond the boundaries of South Africa.

African traditional leaders had sought ways of retaining African rights to land and liberty, in the wake of European drive for economic dominion and racial superiority over all the lands and people of Africa. However, traditional methods of war and isolated resistance by African kingdoms were no match for the onslaught of European aggression. On the other hand, there were no known and tested models of self-defense against this new and tough adversity.

The 1912 founding of the South African Native National Congress launched a new African reaction in form of a political organization. This was the African National Congress of South Africa. It represented African people from Cape Town in the south to Barotseland in the north. It involved African traditional authorities who were directly being disposed, or threatened with dispossession, of land and negation of the human right of self-government in freedom.

The Congress movement was organized on a territorial basis after the Second World War. For example, 1948 witnessed the founding of the Northern Rhodesia African Congress in 1948, under the founder presidency of Mbikusita Lewanika, a son of King Lewanika the first of Barotseland. The ANC of South Africa inspired territorial congresses. The independence for African countries culminating with the defeat of Apartheid in 1994 as a fruit of the founding of what has become the ANC of South Africa, 104 years ago.

More about the Author: Prince Dr. Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika's professional profile can be found here

 

In economic development and business Management, he completed three years service as Managing Director of the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA). He had earlier served in the public sector for twelve years as a subsidiary General Manager as well as Group Controller of Group Management Services and Group Director of Projects of the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia. In the private sector, he served for three years as General Manager of the multi-national corporation Blackhood Hodge.

In political governance, he clocked twenty years variously as initiator and Founder National Secretary of the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy, a legislator, a Cabinet Minister of Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Special Assistant (Political) to the state President, Chairman of the National Economic Advisory Council, Chairman of the National Governing Council of the African Peer Review Mechanism and a Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission.

In civic and social sectors, he served for three years as Chairman of the Economic Association of Zambia. He has also served as Chairman of the Kitwe Press Club and Chairman of the Lusaka Amateur Boxing Association as well as Committee member of Kitwe and District Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he has been a regular resource person for diverse social and economic associations, such as the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions, Small Scale industrialists and cooperative unions.

Academically and professionally, he holds three Master’s degrees from Boston, Carleton and Cornell universities as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Jackson State University in the USA and Canada. In addition, he holds a Fellowship of the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank, a Certificate in Science and Technology Innovation Programme from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a Certificate in Management Accounting from International Labour Organisation and a Certificate, United Nations Institute for Public Enterprise, Ljubljana, Slovenia during the era of a united Yugoslavia. In addition, he has been awarded D. Phil (Honori Causa) by the International Management Centres Association and Revans University of the U.K. in recognition of his contribution towards Democracy and Development as well as lifetime demonstration of Action Learning.

He was one of the expert formulators of the African Alternative Framework to Structural Adjustment Programme for Socio-Economic Recovery and Transformation of the Economic Commission for Africa. He has been a consultant for the Addis Ababa based Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa, in addition to having undertaken consultancy assignments for the UNIDO and the PTA (now named as COMESA). He has been the Chairman of the Economic Association of Zambia and Zambia Research Foundation.

He has authored books, articles and other publications on varied subjects, including political economy, political development, history and poetry.

By Lindunda (La Mulonga) Wamunyima

We all know the 26th – 27th March, 2012 BNC Resolutions mean not only the Barotseland autonomy or independence but also the restoration of our culture, education, religion among others in Barotseland context. Culture stands at the core of our identity as Barotzish. The Silozi culture has suffered immense havoc at the hands of Zambian government even as we read this article. One constituent element of culture is value ecosystem. Our value system has been staked greatly and is in need of restoration too hence the Barotse change. Really when you see our parents and elders in the BRE make a U-turn from our 2012 BNC mandate (to form an autonomous democratic monarch), opting to share power with Zambia (even when the experiment failed for nearly 50 years) surely something must be terribly wrong at the heart of our culture! It is all because of our eroded cultural value ecosystem that is in dare need of restoration.

IT IS SAID THAT ABSOLUTE POWER IN AN ABSOLUTE MONARCH ABSOLUTELY CORRUPTS!

Values refer to those permanent beliefs or ideals which govern the way of life and held to be very important in influencing thought and behaviour in a society. If this is true then one would rather die for our Barotse Heritage than change it to be something else! These values differ from attitudes in that attitudes refer to predispositions or readiness to respond in a certain way to a person, object, ideas or situations. In other words, attitudes are more specific to the situation and are less enduring and stable than values. Values actually represent global or wide beliefs that influence behaviour across all situations, while attitudes relate only to behaviour directed toward specific objects, persons or situations in a particular community. Therefore, have our values become attitudes or have our attitudes transformed into values, I ask the sociologists? The seriousness of our value system is that it is the foundation of our behaviour and identity as Lozis; whatever we do is dictated by the same Silozi value system. As such it is imperative for us to reflect on this equally fundamental subject and how it influences our dear Barotse Change, for values definitely have an influence on what our leaders, citizens and residents attempt to achieve within and without Barotseland.

TYPES OF VALUES

Values classification takes a number of variants but for the sake of this article I wish to focus on two types namely terminal and instrumental values. Terminal values refer to long term personal convictions about lifelong goals and objectives that an individual seeks to achieve, like Barotse Change. They guide our behaviour along our strategic paths. On the other hand instrumental values refer to short term personal convictions about modes of behaviour that an individual seeks to follow (like honesty and benevolence). These guide our behaviour on daily basis toward achievement of our goals. It is worth noting here that individual citizen values inform the national value system and equally the national values ecosystem enlightens the citizens’ behaviour.

EXAMPLES OF BAROTSELAND TERMINAL VALUES

• INDEPENDENCE

We crave to ultimately be a completely independent sovereign nation and state like many others around, backed by our history and international legal framework contending in our favour.

• A LAND FREE OF WAR, CONFLICT AND CORRUPTION

Since 1965 we have been subjected to acts of war, conflict and corruption by the Zambian regimes over the defunct BA’64.

• COMFORTABLE LIFE

At least to a degree that is acceptable to us as a nation and state politically and economically. We have had is a lot of discomfort when living under ‘black to black’ colonisation. It is better to be poor on your own making than under forced suppression.

• EQUALITY

Away from the Zambian days of being second class citizens in your own country and subjected to voluminous inequalities on account of being Lozis!

• SELF-RESPECT

It is very disturbing to see some fellow citizen looking down upon themselves to the extent of failing to speak their mother tongue even on home ground soil for fear of derision by aliens and enemies of Barotseland.

• RULE OF LAW

It is without prejudice that Barotseland is very much known for being legal wise. It is therefore not surprising that from ‘Unitary’ Zambia’s finest lawyers list in history are lawyers, advocates and attorneys who descend from Barotseland or have strong pedigree from Barotseland. Additionally, our culture has a lot of this value of rule of law deeply embedded in what is dubbed as ‘Sizo sa Silozi’.

EXAMPLES OF BAROTSELAND INSTRUMENTAL VALUES

• RESPONSIBLE

We are responsible enough to run our course of life as a people. Zambia has dismally failed to run a unitary government of a republic and a monarch.

• INDEPENDENT

Everybody likes to do work freely devoid of any distraction based on some professional convictions and standards. Alas! That was not so while in Zambia; Lozi workers were not independent in their employment because most of our people were under constant surveillance for nothing by the Zambia regime agents for ‘the guilt are always afraid’!

• AMBITIOUS

We have ambitions or desires for personal as well as for our national success. These are things we think about every morning and every day in need of our effort and attention.

• BROADMINDED

Life is diverse in Barotseland and so is Silozi culture an embodiment of the 38+ ethnic groupings in Barotseland. As we interact with each other on daily basis broadmindedness enables us to take all on board and cope with each other’s different approaches to life, worse that we still need to receive visitors from other countries!

• CAPABLE

Each one of us has endowments as talents or skills we can use to occupy life productively and meaningfully as we fend for ourselves, so what can be the problem, I ask?

• SELF-CONTROLLED

When you are on the right hand side of the law and you find yourself under constant attacks inconsiderably for performing your duties rightfully; it requires self-control. Otherwise, tempers can and could have easily flared up! Thanks for the instrumental value of self-control in Barotseland.

• HELPFUL /BENEVOLANCE

Generally Lozi people are helpful to others around. It is one value that keeps us going about life’s errands.

ATTITUDES AND BAROTSE CHANGE

It has been stated already that attitudes refer to predispositions or readiness to respond in a certain way to a person, object, ideas or situations, as one foundation of individual behaviour. Three types of Barotse Change-related attitudes that may be identified are:

1. Barotseland commitment, which refers to our leaders and Lozi people’s level of identification with Bulozi naha ya luna. True commitment has a twofold outlook; your commitment stance must accord with what people around you see in you about it! Otherwise, one is just an imposter or a HYPOCRITE LOZI; commitment without involvement.

2. Barotse change involvement, referring to Barotseland leaders and Lozi people’s level of identification with Barotse Change agenda – our Core Business. Involvement is not enough alone unless coupled with commitment. Otherwise, it amounts to all forms of TREACHERY whether BETRAYAL, AMBIVALENCE, TREASON, deceit and so on. When you are committed and involved one definitely gets engaged in a task at hand in a way that is like no other man’s business but uniquely yours alone!

3. Barotse change job satisfaction; which refers to our leaders or the subjects’ general predisposition about our individual work for motherland, in our continued and heightened Barotse Change crusade. Your level of satisfaction will show either as a disgruntled, disloyal Barotzish or positively zealous and assertive of your true cause and identity.

Are you involved and committed to Barotse change? Or does the level of your commitment and involvement need a serious review and redress? What I understand is that at the end of all this drama happy and satisfied will be only those men and women, gentlemen and ladies, boys and girls who will have been truly committed and involved in our struggle for the complete independent Barotseland.

The so called New Year is finally here and rolling down into history on daily basis in 2016. The big question however is what is really new; the sun still rises and sets the same way! You wake up the same way, eat the same food, and dress the same way and same cloths! When weekend comes you still go to the same church and social groups! As if this is not enough you still work in the same place of employment, having the same friends, children and spouse! The list can go on and on and yet the question still stands honestly “WHAT IS NEW” to constitute the New Year 2016 as it were? While values are long lasting will it be business as usual for you and me? I wish to submit that the NEWNESS OF 2016 is in THE OPPORTUNITIES THE YEAR OFFERS YOU AND ME TO CHANGE OUR PERSONAL ATTITUDES, INFLUENCE and VALUES CONSISTENT WITH OUR TRUE IDENTITY AS BAROTZISH.

In a nutshell, here is your New Year gift in form of life changing quotes from renowned scholars for your reflection:

1. Try not to be a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. – Albert Einstein. The principle here is first things first this year 2016!

2. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vidal Sassoon. So plan to work first this year before you can talk about success.

3. The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you can’t learn anything from being perfect. – Adam Osborne. So consider seriously the lessons from your 2015 mistakes!

4. A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. – John C. Maxwell

5. The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said. – Peter F. Drucker. For 2015 you were prone to misconstruing most of what was said.

6. If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals. – Brian Tracy. Try the opposite this year 2016.

7. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

8. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. – Napoleon Hill

9. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby

10. Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it. – W. Clement Stone. This is one example when silence may neither be eloquent nor wisdom.

11. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. – Henry Ford

12. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Jim Rohn

13. The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Peter Drucker

14. A goal is a dream with a deadline. – Napoleon Hill

15. The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. – Ralph Nader

16. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got! –Alan Scott. Try something new in this New Year.

17. The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. – Jim Rohn. Many successful revolutions or change agendas have been the work of a few who did work and envied by many who watched! So it is not the game of quantity but quality participants.

18. Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process. – Jim Rohn. So plan to give this New Year even your valuable time for Barotseland’ sake.

19. Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be. – Jack Welch. That is true of 2016; live one day at a time.

20. Tell the world what you intend to do, but first show it. – Napoleon Hill. WE HAVE BEEN TELLING THE WORLD ABOUT OUR BAROTSE CHANGE AND THIS YEAR IS TIME TO FIRST SHOW THE WORLD OUR BAROTSE CHANGE INTENTIONS!

TUKONGOTE WA MWANAA NONGOLO!

By Kamungoma Chisola

Once upon a time there was a King who was short sighted and therefore sold his soul and his family to his cruel neighbor whose foundation hinged on falsehood, treachery, untrustworthiness, the list is endless. At the King's death, one of his beloved children became captive and so poor that he needed help from others.

This is how it happened; The King of Barot named Mwalewa agreed with his neighbor King Kenkau of Desia from the north east. The year was 4691. The agreement was to live in harmony, respect and without interference in each other’s affairs especially Land. They also agreed to be one people and one nation called Mbia.

Soon after signing, Kenkau turned against Mwalewa and literally stripped him or destroyed his culture, systems, practices and everything using armed soldiers. So Desia became a big land. Any talk about Barot was treasonable and usually punishable by banishment to very far remote areas away from home, imprisonment or disappearance. Barots became very afraid and went into hiding. Others even changed their names or married Desians for fear of Kenkau men. Mwalewa died a sad man and later Kenkau's throne was taken by his children who became even more merciless.

One day in the month of Sope of the year 1102, Barots children mobilized to reclaim their land and systems. Unfortunately the then King of Desia (Mbia), nabbed, killed, imprisoned, maimed, dispersed and crushed Barots. Again in the month of Liatamanyi of the year 2102 the Barots, under King Edlubo, re-organized themselves and declared independence because Kenkau and his children did not honour the agreement signed in 4691. They were again brutalized, dispersed, maimed and killed. Unfortunately, King Edlubo formed an alliance with Desia King Edlung, against his people's declared independence. Edlubo received food, clothes, medicine and other services but many of his people suffered.

When Edlubo died, Kenkau's children (Mbias) grabbed everything from his children and family claiming it was property stolen from them. Edlubo turned in his grave, but could not do anything because he was dead. Edlubo's children continued in slavery until they lost their roots, but by then Barot was a free and prosperous land of justice, love, equality, respect and plenty for all.

Bulozi ki Naha ya Kozo

 

After visiting incarcerated Barotseland Administrator General Afumba Mombotwa and his three co-accused at Mukobeko prison in Kabwe yesterday, Barotseland Prince Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika again turned to social media and expressed how disgusted he felt after seeing for himself the conditions that the four were subjected to in incarceration.

“What I find disgusting and condemnable is that they are being kept in a cell designed by European colonialists for 20 natives, in which these prisoners of conscience (political prisoners) are being kept with 300 people of all kinds, without ventilation and a filthy environment not fit for pigs ... meat from pigs kept like this would be condemned. CLEARLY, THIS BLACK OPPRESSION IS WORSE THAN WHITE COLONIALISM.

“These Barotse nationals are being kept worse than animals over Xmas (Christmas), by fellow Africans who claim to be Xtians (Christians), and who claim to have been independent for five decades. CLEARLY, NO DEMOCRAT, NO HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE CAN REMAIN SILENT.

“Excuse me from celebrating Xmas with a government and country whose Xtianity is hypocrisy.

“Excuse me from voting in 2016 in an election in which there is NO party to speak out for victims of oppression and for unimpeded exercise of full human rights, including complete freedom of expression, assembly and association and universal right to self determination,” said Dr. Akashambatwa frustratingly as he interacted with one of his social media followers Norman Chipakupaku.

However, the prince was encouraged and uplifted to find that Hon. Afumba and his colleagues demonstrated admirable clarity and strength of mind, physical strength and courage as well as confidence and determination, and was delighted to note that it was CLEARLY A LUTA CONTINUA for these four men.

And Dr Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika has called for the FREEING OF ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS EVERYWHERE.

“As I reflected upon this state of oppression, and reaffirmed that THERE IS NO WAY I CAN KEEP SILENT, the SKIES opened over NAMISHUKWE house, RAIN POURED DOWN, and ME THINK SOME ONE IN THE HEAVENS IS CRYING FOR JUSTICE HERE ON THIS LAND.

“FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS EVERYWHERE,” ended Dr. Akashambatwa’s social media post as he challenged Norman Chipakupaku to give him an example of any Scottish patriot imprisoned for parading a Scottish flag or demonstrating a desire for Scotland to be independent.

“Comrade Cousin Norman Chipakupaku, amu twambile! Uko ku (give me an example from where you are there in) Scotland, was there a Scottish patriot imprisoned for parading a Scottish flag or demonstrating a desire for Scotland to be independent?

“Before you educate me, let me tell you that DURING YESTERDAY, DAY AND NIGHT, I DROVE A TOTAL OF 1600 KILOMETRES TO AND FROM MUKOBEKO MAXIMUM PRISON TO VISIT BAROTSE NATIONALS ARRESTED, BUNDLED ACROSS ZAMBIA, IMPRISONED WHILE BEING ON TRIAL, IN A ‘FRIGHTENED STATE’ (STYLE) SUPPRESSION OF THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS OF ASSOCIATION, EXPRESSION AND ASSEMBLY AS WELL AS SELF-DETERMINATION.

This is Prince Aka’s second post within a week after his last social media post with a picture of him sporting a Barotseland branded cap drew a lot of BUZZ and continues to attract a lot of comments from Barotse and Zambians alike.

Afumba Mombotwa and his three co-accused, Sylvester Kalima Inambao, Likando Pelekelo and Paul Masiye Masiyaleti, are facing treason charges in the Zambian high court for allegedly spearheading the secession of ‘western province’ from the rest of Zambia. It is alleged that on unknown dates but between March 2012 and August 2013, the four jointly acting together with unknown people in Mongu, Sioma, Senanga, Livingstone and other places unknown, conspired the secession of ‘Western Province’ from the rest of Zambia.

The accused Barotse nationals have been in Zambian prison since the 5th of December 2014, although trial was only commenced in August 2015 eight months after their arrest. The treason charge, upon conviction, is punishable only by death under Zambian laws.

On 27th March 2012, the people of Barotseland unanimously resolved, through a Barotse National Council, BNC, to officially accept Zambia’s 1969 abrogation of the pre-independence Barotseland Agreement 1964 that guaranteed the region semi-autonomy within Zambia, a de facto break away from its underlying status in Zambia. The people of Barotseland further resolved to move forward as an independent state separate from Zambia. Zambia has however, refused this move and has since continued to arrest and detain, often without trial, any Barotse people advocating for Barotseland independence, with the four leaders currently incarcerated at Zambia’s notorious Mukobeko prison as they face treason trial

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