BAROTSE CHANGE: An Open letter and ultimate BRE Reflection

15 November 2016
Author  L. Wamunyima, Barotseland Post


One of those painful moments in life is when a child becomes circumstantially obliged to offer a parental advice to parents, when in actual fact it should be the other way round! It is an outcome I dread and yet a solemn responsibility one should gladly undertake as a child and citizen of Barotseland – just for how long, as BRE, will you keep standing off your 2012 BNC creation?

Mahatma Gandhi once said that “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” This is good advice to those of us who hobby criticising the Barotseland Transitional Government. He additionally stated that “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s (Barotseland’s) problem” especially if the gap is very narrow – HOW WIDE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR REAL EFFORT AND CAPABILITIES NOW TO THIS VERY END?  This means that we are where we are because most of us and our parents as BRE you are still hoarding your capabilities at the expense of Barotse Change. I implore you to unleash your full potential for Barotseland’s sake now. Most scholars know about this man who led the Indian people to independence from British rule in 1947. He was just human like all our leaders in BRE and BTG at large. What an honour it will be for the world and our posterity also to quote from your resultant Barotse Change good efforts and habits! So take time and reflect on the contents of this letter meant for you, as subjects and leaders in Barotse Change.


The setting is that there is no longer anything that can be done to keep the aborted marriage between Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia a fact that the BRE must seriously realize and come to terms with. No amount of bribery undertakings will really help at the end of the day. The fact is that Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia are two separate nations and states and forever will be, partly by action of His Royal Highness Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II and BRE’s sanctioning of the famous 2012 BNC and UDI Mandate. The whole world and lovers of law and justice highly commended you for that worth move. But is it true that our parents as the BRE now do not know this fact? There has been so much rot about BRE and Litungaship which must be halted for the sake of our identity and preservation as a nation and state.

A well-known fact is that on the 18th May, 1964 the much spoken Treaty and now ‘Song’ BA’64 was signed to pave way for what would soon be the unitary state of Zambia; comprising Barotseland Monarch and Northern Rhodesia as republic of Zambia. Is it really true the BRE doesn’t know all this?

No sooner was the deal done deceitfully by Mr Kenneth Kaunda than he quickly repudiated and abrogated it beyond remorse, recognition and adoring by most ‘Zambians’; both the freedom fighters and their posterity! We know from other histories that it was possible for Barotseland and Zambia to cohabit as one nation with Barotseland maintaining her autonomy, just as she was, as a British protectorate running up to 1964. Instead the leaders and regimes then chose to entertain failure when other similar unitary treaties succeeded elsewhere, doesn’t the BRE really understand all this?

We have importuned for the restoration of the honourable but defunct BA’64 petition after petition, commission of inquiry after commission of inquiry, but all to vanity and hence the 2012 BNC; is it true our BRE parents do not know all this? In giving Northern Rhodesia a benefit of doubt we initiated and solicited for the restoration of BA’64 for nearly 50 years as if it were us who repudiated and abrogated the treaty only to be denied the more our rightful position, company, friendship in Zambian life; is it really true that as BRE you do not know this?

Having implored and worked for restoration of BA’64 with God blessing Zambia, for nearly fifty years, with riches through Barotseland endowment contributions of labour, physical resources, culture, intellectual properties and so forth only to be given in turn alms for the financial support in development; is BRE blind to all this? That the more we prayed for one more year in the ‘Golden Jubilee’ 50 years of Northern Rhodesia the more we became maimed, killed, persecuted, even incarcerated before sentencing, with Zambia in turn becoming less involved and committed to the BA’64 cause; doesn’t BRE really understand all this?

We have asked the international community to intervene only to get a stuck response to a political impasse that is half a century old, despite letter after letter and communique after communique, with newer cases having received priority attention! Doesn’t the BRE understand that all this is partly due to their cold feet and lost vivacity of 2012?

Is it true that BRE does not know that we have done all the good efforts toward harmonious living with Zambians but only to be given more trials, labels to even dare curse us and be foul-mouthed at Barotzis for doing what is rightfully and honourably ours; what does all this mean? And yet, for all these offenses, if it were Barotse’s deeds against Northern Rhodesians,  Zambians would have been counting, grudging and hoarding up and say now “enough is enough we have been forgiving you all these years!”  We have been patient with our brothers and sisters and yet they still crave more blessings of our company only to abuse, misuse and corrupt or bribe us and especially you our leaders, in their quest to obliterate Barotseland from the face of planet earth; is this BRE’s shared stratagem with Northern Rhodesia?

Meanwhile, history well informs us that Barotseland is among the oldest nations to be established; long before there was a territory called Zambia and northern Rhodesia. The BRE then was rightfully called BRA with the Litungas thereof quite formidable political and royal functionaries. Is it true that the BRE doesn’t have this history at Lealui or Limulunga? As our parents, is it true you do not know that ultimately the divorce with Zambia in 1969 and the 2012 UDI are final, irrevocable, inevitable though anomalous to some but the ideal affair to do, in honour of the defunct BA’64 treaty, the only foundation for the failed unitary statehood of Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia as Zambia?

Won’t you feel for motherland Barotseland, as parents, and amend your ways to correct her plight for a better life tomorrow for all, even as we approach the Christmas Advent when people make resolutions for the ensuing year - 2017?  With the seriousness Barotseland has yearly attended to your sustenance through her bounty and the heritage that you are, and yet you can afford to approach the matter so indifferently, defiantly, uncouth, cowardly, carelessly, differently to your predecessors just Imagine how your children Barotzis feel! Haven’t you read the quote from Dr. Martin Luther King who once said “he who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. Change does not roll in on the wheel of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle. And so, we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom” BRE inclusive.

Barotse Change and Barotseland Independence therefore, is simply protracted and evidently work in progress and not a flop, as supposed by the enemies – IT IS A FALLACY; Barotseland will certainly overcome no matter what but what will all this bad legacy do for you when you are no longer there?

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