The people of Barotseland know that their future is inevitably not a shared one with Zambia through useless slogans like "One Zambia One Nation". The voices that called for 2012 self-determination through Barotse National Council (BNC) are not having ‘tandabale’ (joy ride), but are tirelessly working to augment wide coherence of other solidarity voices of those wishing to live in a liberated and peaceful Barotseland.
Sadly, the moderate minority of the oppressor's government staff that hail from Barotseland seem to have been stricken by the ailment of silence because of monetary gain and choose temporal comfort at the expense of liberty, while their forefathers' territory is at the brink of annexation by Zambia. The rest of the patriotic Barotse people, especially the youth, must be applauded for standing tall to the call of Barotseland independence. The Youths are ready to have their passion translated into the shared path of freedom heroes:
"Either we die for Barotseland or we live for it does not matter. We are a generation that has chosen freedom of Barotseland". End of quote.
Limiting the rights of Barotse people to express their identity through self legislation is not only an attack on the existence of human rights but an assassination of God who endorsed such inalienable rights of self determination. The actions, by the Zambian government, of arbitrary arrests, prohibition of freedom of assembly to discuss development of Barotseland issues, etc, is not only a deliberate act of disobedience to the rule of international law but also an assault to civilization as well. Unworthy and undesirable is the repeated repression and violation of Barotseland citizens’ rights to freedom, and it is a desperate futile effort at de-legitimizing the popular representative resolutions of 2012 BNC. It is these criminal acts of territoriality which do not settle well among the patriotic citizens of Barotseland.
The legislative maneuvers seeking to restrict the freedom of Barotseland people, including the increasing government hacking of phone conversations, prohibition of peaceful public rallies and media coverage of Barotseland arrests and convictions is a clear indication that the Barotse are valued less as humans in Zambia.
What is wrong with ‘declaring allegiance’ to the state that one legally belongs to? Zambia is practicing double legislative standards when it comes to the people of Barotseland, considering Lozis as objects of subjugation and enslavement, which restricts progress of political awareness of Barotseland peoples' rights.
The fact that the right to self determination is the fundamental right of every person to freely decide on their own political status and to pursue their own choice of economic, cultural and social development is embodied in the US Declaration of Independence of 1776 and has appeared repeatedly throughout international conventions and charters. It is indisputable demonstration of the centrality of the fundamental right of political and economic determination, unlike the scope of threats the Right of Self determination is currently facing at the hands of the rogue state of Zambia!
Whatever seems like a setback at the moment, caused by the floated High court ruling against Barotseland independence leaders, will not deter us from achieving our hard fought freedom! Whatever the difficulties, Barotseland shall overcome! However improbable it may sound to the skeptics, Barotseland is no longer part of Zambia but merely a sister country. Everything is on the drawing board and a free Barotseland is no longer a pipe dream but a reality.
Bulozi fasi la bondata Luna!