Political Editor, Barotseland Post

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KENNY SIBALWA writes:

Music in freedom struggle is very important. This is because it provides awareness to the large section of the oppressed people than political speeches can do. For example, it is easier for people to understand the meaning of a song that it is to understand a speech. Music also rekindles a sense of common identity, unity and patriotism in the masses. Music was used in many freedom struggles around the world including South Africa. Music used even in the military to boosts morale of soldiers during training or preparation for war. Today I was listening to Barotseland radio online and my must confess, i was impressed with the inspirational quality of Barotseland freedom songs and music which was being played. It is therefore my suggestion that as we continue in this struggle let us make freedom songs and music as tools to bring awareness unity, morale and patriotism among our people. It is therefore crucial that the compilation of these freedom songs and music be made available to the people so that these songs and music can be played every where including our homes, bars, and car stereos.

Even at the BNFA public rally in Mongu. Songs like the one done by King Jah – master PINA, Skwizz – just a mirror, Kinako.

If anyone has access or knows how I can access these music please help me. Am ready to spend if need be.

As Barotse nationals lets unit and realize our independence because that the only chance we have at having a dignified and fulfilling lives. There is no hope for us in this immoral, corrupt and filthy country called Zambia.

OUR RESPONSE:

The Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) will hold a public rally this coming Friday, the 2nd of October, 2015 from 14:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs at the Blue Gums grounds in Mongu.

Confirming the planned assembly in an official statement, the BNFA secretary general also clarified that holding of such public gatherings does not require police permit. Rather it will be held in exercise of Barotse people’s rights as granted to them pursuant to Articles 20 and 21 of the Constitution of Zambia as read with Section two (2) of the Public Order (Amendment) Act of 1996, which stipulates that a seven day prior notice be given to police before holding of such an event.

The main purpose of the public rally will be to educate the public about Barotseland matters of National importance.

Expected to speak at this event are BNFA Chairperson General Clement W. Sinyinda, Mutungulu Wanga and other BNFA leaders.

Here below is the official BNFA Press Release concerning the public Rally as obtained from the BNFA web site.

PRESS STATEMENT ON BNFA PUBLIC RALLY, FRIDAY 2nd OCTOBER 2015 AT THE BLUE GUMS GROUND
BY BNFA SECRETARY GENERAL.

This is to inform members of the public that the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) shall be holding a Public Rally on Friday 2nd October 2015 at the Blue Gum grounds in Mongu-Lealui, Barotseland from 14:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs.

COME ONE, COME ALL.

KI TOBONE WAKUTA, YA KA SHWA KI YENA YA KA YAWA.

The purpose of the Public Rally, in accordance with the notice given to Zambia Police, is:

Information sharing on the Barotseland Issue

This is in line with the BNFA outreach program to provide correct and accurate information on the actualization of Barotseland statehood in order to counteract a flurry of misinformation that is going round in both electronic and print media, most of which is coming from the occupying powers with the intent to confuse our people and incite them to erupt into lawlessness.

Some of the press quarries go as far as inquiring if the police has given 'permit' for the meeting which we find quite laughable because the laws of Zambia do not require that the police should give permit for public rallies because it recognizes the fact that citizens have a RIGHT to hold assemblies as they see fit.

All the law requires is that police is notified at least seven days prior to the planned meeting which we have aptly complied with by serving the police with a notice of meeting on Friday 25th September 2015 which read in part: 'We the undersigned citizens do hereby give notice of our intention to hold a Public Rally in the Mongu Blue Gum grounds on Friday 2nd October, 2015 from 14:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs ..... This notice is given pursuant to Articles 20 and 21 of the Constitution of Zambia as read with Section two (2) of the Public Order (Amendment) Act of 1996.

END OF STATEMENT.

By Sibeta Mundia

It has often been argued and debated whether or not Barotseland existed as a sovereign nation state before Northern Rhodesia’s independence in 1964. To answer this question we could look at the Montevideo Convention on Statehood of 1933 which sets out several requirements for Statehood. The prevailing law at the time, viewed ‘States’ as a kind of sui generis legal entity operating and existing under its own authority and power. Thus the criteria of the convention are:

By Saleya Kwalombota

BAROTSELAND PERSPECTIVE

From the facts on the ground, many of us are aware of the importance of the 27th March of 2012. There is no way we could miss how important the date is to us the citizens of the great territory of Barotseland. But while they are some still in the valley of indecision and don’t fully grasp the concept of Independence declaration. We have to understand the importance of the Declaration of Independence Barotseland issued in 2012 and the important role each and everyone has to play for the patriotism of our country. In simplicity , it is to understand the Declaration of Independence and what it actually stand for in our lifetime, for our children and children's children. It is important to understand the significance of the Act of Declaration of Independence in the political sense in order to value the sacrifice of Men and women who took that serious decision in 2012 at Barotseland National Congress.

By Mutungulu Wanga, BNFA.INFO

The admission of Barotseland to UNPO membership not only puts an international perspective to the territory’s struggle for statehood through UNPO’s connection with the European Parliament and the United Nations, but also places a demand on the people of Barotseland to modernize and speed-up institutional reforms and structures to a level somewhat comparable with nations from whom support for Barotseland statehood will flow.

By Saleya Kwalombota

1. The Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed on July 4, 1776.

The Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia on July 1, 1776 and voted in favor of Richard Henry Lee’s motion for independence. After a two to three days length of debating and revising the language of a statement drafted by Thomas Jefferson. On July 4, Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence, and as a result the date is celebrated as Independence Day.

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