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“In war, there is no substitute for victory” – A BAROTSE CHANGE Festive Season Reflection.

13 December 2018
Author  Lindunda Wamunyima, Barotseland Post

Douglas MacArthur a renowned American five-star Army General once stated that “In war, there is no substitute for victory” – there is no other way for Barotseland other than complete independence. All Barotzis should take comfort in this entire truth. It is the normal and legal route to attain though anomalous to some, while the unjustified coerced Zambian-ship has been absurd and illegal. No matter and no amount of Zambian tactics of divide and rule fueled through ethnic infighting and the like will help to the contrary, Barotseland is a country as ever before, since medieval ages. This resonates well with Tiger Woods’ famous quote that “The only reason why I enter an event is to win. There’s no sense in going into a tournament if you don’t believe you can win it.”

Imagine this statement from a sports point of view! What more with Barotse Change involving our very fabric in being Barotzis, I ask? Certainly, the procrastinated Barexit Phase 2 cannot be construed as a failure but simply deferment! This premises our reflections in this message which could not come at a better time than this – a reflective season and transitional time from one year, 2018, to another chronicled 2019. While it is true that each year that passes by gets us closer to the realization of the ultimate Barexit Phase 2 (true for progressive people counting time forward) some of our people (counting time backwards in retrogress) get despondent that it is taking too long! Well, perhaps it is time to remember that victory belongs to the most persevering and that the harder the battle the sweeter the victory. We have achieved a lot thus far together and now ultimate victory is in sight. Thumbs up, cheer up Malozi and continue working at your Barotse Change until it is done. The South African Freedom icon Nelson Mandela once said: “it is never done until it is done”! That must be our constraining response and argument into the ensuing New Year 2019.

THE 2012 BNC UDI MANDATE IS PROCLAIMED VICTORY PART 1 FOR BAROTSELAND.

The essence of real victory in Barotseland’s case is not finally winning our political argument against Zambia but rather overcoming the besetting Barotzish traits in our individual characters that make us dissidents, cowards, betrayers, diffidents and so on against the express command of our famous 2012 BNC Resolutions and UDI Mandate. That is the apex of our ultimate liberation we seek – more human than it is political. That is, while we still have Zambia to vacate our independent territory we individually need to overcome our Zambian-ship mindset and replace it with a patriotic and nationalistic proudly Barotzish mindset. The truth some of our people and Zambians refuse to understand is that the 2012 BNC is not negotiable and was very legal with no other substitute than complete independence.

Contrary to views advanced by some folks the declared UDI Mandate simply demands complete independence because providentially, by the action of the 2012 BNC UDI Mandate Barotseland legally accepted Zambia’s desire to completely disengage with Barotseland. In effect, the BA ’64 became defunct perpetually and the case considered settled, at least in the minds of civilized international communities and law-abiding global citizens! IN INTERNATIONAL LEGAL TERMS THE 2012 BNC ACTION SERVED TO APPROVE THE GULF OF SEPARATION INITIATED BY ZAMBIA ON BAROTSELAND – NORTHERN RHODESIA UNION TREATY, such that it NOW REMAINS AN IRREFUTABLE AND IRREPARABLE BREACH! The 2012 BNC seating unequivocally proclaimed Victory Part 1 over Zambia’s subjugation of our country and marked Barexit Phase 1 towards the complete independence herein referred to as Barexit Phase 2.

THE IMPENDING GENUINE POLITICAL DIALOGUE A MARK OF VICTORY PART 2 FOR BAROTSELAND

1. Barexit Phase 2 of the Victory will be marked by what Barotseland is seeking now as the complete settlement of separation marked by complete departure and disinterested or unconditional withdrawal of all Zambian administration offices and personnel from Barotseland. Yes, this too has no substitute and it is coming! First and foremost, we need to remember that the long-awaited dialogue between Barotseland and Zambia is political in nature. Barotse Change defines the Political Dialogue as a discussion of POLITICAL BELIEFS and POLITICAL POSITIONS between Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), over Barotseland’s sovereign statehood status quo, to resolve the impasse, with a view to reaching an amicable, complete and satiated settlement of the long-drawn-out disagreement and overdue disengagement.

2. We welcome all efforts aimed at the logical and amicable resolution of the political stalemate between Zambia and Barotseland, for this has been our ardent call ever since 2012 BNC. The key reasons advanced for this cause are:

a. That since negotiations in founding the failed unitary statehood of Zambia begun with the tripartite political dialogue (externally in London) it is only very logical now to conclude the reverse process with another tripartite political dialogue (externally also, not Lusaka) for the resounding resolution of the expired or defunct Barotseland agreement(BA ’64) TREATY.

b. Without the political dialogue, there can only be FORCED SETTLEMENT, as an eleventh-hour effort, with dire consequences on both Barotseland and especially, Zambia with more infrastructures compared to the politically and economically 'desertified' Barotseland.

c. Apart from being a means to amicable resolution of negative conflicts political dialogue, when well-intended, becomes a powerful tool in STATE BUILDING, in this case, both state of Barotseland and Zambia, owing to a number of benefits inherent in the process. Remember that Barotseland is in spite of everything erroneously called “Western Province” and Northern Rhodesia roguery called “unitary Zambia”.

d. Genuine Political dialogue is one powerful technique available for PEACE BUILDING between warring parties. There has been a war by Northern Rhodesia on Barotseland since 1969 resulting in killings, arrests, forced annexation and other forms of human rights violations of Barotzis by “Zambia”. Today many Barotzis have been fired or retired on “national interest” –meaning that we are not Zambians indeed but Barotzis; hence urgent need for the separation.

e. Lastly, without the meaningful and conclusive political dialogue both Barotseland and Zambia may not really grow and mature as individual states and nations among others! Inevitably animosity and war will be the order of the day between the two countries mostly due to Barotzis’ heightened National Consciousness on one hand and Zambia’s dissidence, impunity and vainglory on the other side.

To have a glimpse of expectations from Barotseland we need to glance over some key elements comprising a genuine political dialogue:

ELEMENTS OF GENUINE POLITICAL DIALOGUE

The reader may wish to know that Political Dialogue itself is not a mere discussion but a complex conversational process with considerations including, but not limited to, the following:

1. PRINCIPLES:

The respect for democratic principles and fundamental human rights like Barotseland’s self-determination, as laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as for the Principle of the Rule of Law, should underpin the internal and international policies of the Parties and constitute an essential element of any agreement resulting from Political Dialogue like the long-awaited Barotseland – Zambia dialogue. Parties must ready themselves for commitment and compliance accordingly, to the principles. Zambia the offending state party should show all readiness?

2. OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE:

This element of political dialogue requires that all parties confirm their joint objective of strengthening their relations, as new neighbours, by developing their political dialogue and reinforcing their cooperation for instance on trade, on investments, and on economic relations and others working towards creating conditions under which, for instance, Southern Africa regionalization becomes more feasible and mutually beneficent especially to member states; both new and old. In my view, this way Zambia will best honour the peace protocols and conventions it has ratified as a member of UN, AU, SADC and others. The scope of the dialogue in 1964 was unitary statehood of Zambia. Therefore, POST 2012 THE POLITICAL DIALOGUE CANNOT BE LEGALLY AND POLITICALLY CORRECT TO HAVE THE SAME OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE TODAY IN LIGHT OF OUR ACTUAL POLITICAL TRUISM. There is no room for Federalism or Restoration of the defunct BA ’64 that was not ratified in the first place BUT COMPLETE SEPARATION of the states parties to the defunct BA ’64 as the only valid restoration agenda.

3. MECHANISMS:

With this element, the Parties are required to agree that their political dialogue shall be conducted at certain appropriate levels and facilitated by appropriate arbiters. Key on the list is top government officials, workers, citizens, civil societies and making maximum use of diplomatic channels and external arbitrators. Therefore, Zambia will show its readiness for genuine dialogue by unconditionally releasing our jailed RBG leaders with Britain also being ready to come to the party once again or finding a proxy arbiter, because our way in on 18th May 1964 is our way out Post 27th March 2012 BNC!

4. METHODOLOGY:

The Tripartite Parties agree on the implementation strategy by specified means, striving for political and social stability to deepen the regional integration process and reducing poverty within a sustainable development framework in Southern Africa. This can take the form of technical, financial, training assistance, or any other means agreed upon by the Parties in the context of the principle, objectives, mechanisms and areas of cooperation; all aimed at effecting a transparent and accountable management of process resources in the effective settlement of the disagreement and disengagement.

5. COOPERATION:

If this element was highly considered in the pre-1964 process side it is more imperative now in the globalizing world we are part of. Since Political dialogue can be an endogenous process to enhance capacity, institutions and legitimacy of the state driven by state-society relations in the fields of conflict prevention, trade, human rights, governance, regional integration, trade, custom, human resource relocation, etc. it becomes inclusively and expediently important to consider the element for the sake of the political and economic health of the new states in making; Barotseland and Zambia.

6. PERIODIC REVIEWS

This political dialogue process element requires a periodic appraisal of the implementation progress, regarding disengagement settlement, every after a specified period to be agreed upon by the Tripartite Political Dialogue Team. Unfortunately, this aspect was lacking in the beginning, giving Zambia a leeway to behave as history has aptly recorded. This latitude should be sealed off this time around, for “once beaten twice shy”.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS ON THE SUBJECT MATTER

Since there is no substitute for victory in our Peaceful War against Zambia Barotse Change, therefore, welcomes GENUINE POLITICAL DIALOGUE that can finally settle amicably the political stalemate between the once unitary statehood partners of Zambia, provided such lobbying and importunate calls are based on the following CONDITIONS, considered herein:

1. Foremost, that “Zambia” should stop further deceitful assertions but openly acknowledge the separation that already exists, instead of advancing frantic fears against complete disengagement with Barotseland. Both countries openly acknowledged and educated their masses over the attempted and purported unitary statehood, prior to BA ’64 signing. Barotseland has done her part already and still continues updating Barotzis on the imminent complete separation.

2. Premising the political dialogue on finalizing the complete separation or disengagement of Barotseland and Zambia AND NOT the opposite; forced integration or annexation.

3. Assurance that the GRZ does not plan to use the political dialogue as a tool to procrastinate any longer the valid meaning and significance of the whole separation process.

4. Establishing the context of the political dialogue as Peace-building and State-building of both Barotseland and “Zambia” that have been dormant and fiction or rogue respectively, for years.

5. Pledging commitment and compliance to the endogenous process meant to enhance states capacities and legitimacy of the states, driven by societies - states - global relations.

Then, in conclusion, BAREXIT PART 3 for Barotseland will set in purely for the Celebration of the Victory, Reconciliation and Healing of the Barotse nation. Merry festive season and prosperous New Year 2019 compatriots and fellow citizens, remembering that in Barotseland’s fight against Zambia’s colonialism there is no substitute for victory poised as complete independence.

LITUNGA NI LYETU.