“What is a treaty, and does the Barotseland Agreement 1964 qualify as such in international law?” These are some of the questions many Zambians who seek to know the legal implications of abrogating the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 often ask. In fact, we must answer this question because some continue to perpetuate the lie that the Barotseland Agreement 1964 was nothing more than a non-legally binding agreement to appease both the King of Barotseland and the former colonial masters with no consequence to the future governance of independent Zambia!
The Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) has opposed the proposal that first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda helps to resolve the issue of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
BNFA first trustee William Harrington says it is unfair for anyone to expect that Dr. Kaunda can help to resolve the impasse over the Barotseland.
To your response over SABC Interview, I respond as follows:
You have complained through ZNBC that the interviewer was un-ethical and the interviewees were not truthful. You tell the world that you are going to launch a complaint to the Government of South Africa over the said interview but I want to show you that you have actually acknowledged that the charge slapped on your Government is indeed true!
I could not believe listening to his Excellence Emmanuel Mwamba, Zambia's High commissioner to South Africa on SABC program dubbed "the Globe", misguiding himself over the question of Barotseland.
Mwamba's inability to articulate the genesis of Lewanika concessions, treaties and agreements in relation to the formation of Northern Rhodesia and in regard to the defunct BA64 is an embarrassment to the few honest Zambian academicians and historians.
It is not uncommon to hear many Zambians claim that Zambia is a unitary state, therefore, aspirations for Barotseland are doomed when, in fact, very few understand what a unitary state really is.
ERNESTO TEODORO MONETA an Italian Nobel peace prize winner is reported to have first adopted the motto “InVarietate Concordia/In Varietate Unitas” to mean unity in diversity. However, the concept of unity in diversity or "oneness of being" and its related phrases is very old and antedates the recordable history of Barotseland, to date back to ancient times in antiquity. Its usage has had applications in a number of fields including religion, philosophy, science, cosmology, ecology and politics. Primarily, from the very beginning to contemporary times the idea of Unity in diversity EXPRESSES THE CONCEPT OF UNITY WITHOUT UNIFORMITY AND DIVERSITY WITHOUT DISINTEGRATION.
The Zambian traditional Heroes and Unity weekend is fast approaching once again falling, this year, on 2nd and 3rd July respectively. The 2nd July National Holiday is supposed to honour Zambians accorded the status of heroes and heroines while 3rd July is a National Holiday intended to foster solidarity among the diverse groups making up the territory of Zambia.
Sizo ki Sizo is a siLozi phraseology emphasizing the overriding and enduring nature of national culture! Denying one’s culture is denying oneself! In this regard, however, attention is drawn to one fundamental principle of Barotse governance; the Supremacy of the Barotse National Council (BNC).
In Barotseland, a Barotse National Council is as supreme as a national referendum in developed democracies! Its unanimous decisions are upheld by all! The Litunga, Chiefs, the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) and all the people of Barotseland must respect and obey the supremacy of the institution of BNC, whether they personally agree with its decisions or not! It is considered as the voice of the people, which must be obeyed, or else Barotseland would degenerate into chaotic lawlessness!