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European football's governing body, UEFA, fined the Blaugrana (Barcelona) over fans' use of the estelada flag - an unofficial flag typically flown by Catalan separatists to express their support for an independent Catalonia - during the Champions League, but the club will contest the charge.

Barcelona have vowed to appeal UEFA's decision to fine them €150,000 for displaying estelada flags during Champions League matches.

The Spanish champions' fans showed the estelada flags on more than one occasion throughout the 2015-16 campaign.

UEFA, however, considers the banner to be a form of ideological, political and religious propaganda, which is forbidden by European football's governing body, and therefore slapped Barcelona with a fine.

The Camp Nou side feels displaying estelada flags falls under the freedom of expression, though, and are ready to take legal action.

"The club has received notice of the sanction imposed by the UEFA Disciplinary Committee following the display of estelada flags at the Camp Nou at Champions League matches in the 2015-16 season," a statement on the club's official website reads.

"The club has been handed a €150,000 fine, of which €50,000 is suspended if the events are not repeated in the next two years.

"The club will appeal this sanction and will take all legal measures in order for the punishment to be revoked.

"Barcelona consider the punishment to be totally unjust and against the exercise of the freedom of expression." - GOAL.COM

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Barotseland Post stands in solidarity with Barcelona, not just because they are the best football club in the world, but also because Catalonia like Barotseland are pushing for the right to exercise their indelible human rights of self-determination and freedom of expression violated by the mother states of Spain and Zambia respectively.

15th February, 2016.

Office of the Head of State: His Majesty the King of Barotseland;

Office of the Administrator General: Royal Barotseland Government;

Secretaries and Under-Secretaries of State: Royal Barotseland Government;

The Secretary: Barotseland National Youth and Sports Council;

All Secretaries: Regional, District and County Youth and Sports Council/Committees

Royal Barotseland Government.

KEEPING THE FLAME OF YOUTH AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT AND THE ROYAL BAROTSELAND LIBERTY PLIGHT ALIGHT!

The Department of Youth and Sport is earnestly appealing to all the established, formed or created Youth Development Structures, Organizations or Institutions – from the County to the National Level – to set sail and to continue putting in place what is expected of them to be put in place now that the Department has concluded the ‘(Operational Management Act of 2014)’ and its plan for the ‘Integrated Youth Development Program’ alongside other National Legislature required for Statehood ( http://barotselandpost.com/images/important_barotse_documents/rbg_youth_and_sports_development_act_2014.pdf ).

We should prepare for the mammoth task of preparing our National Teams, Federations, Associations and Clubs for various Sports disciplines and other Recreational Youth Development Activities for the benefit of the Nation and for the purpose of making our Youth responsible and productive citizens, which is ahead of us, now!

I wish to retrace and reemphasize my earlier appeal to all Barotzish citizens, the youth especially, which I had conveyed through the Royal Barotseland Kingdom’s National Youth and Sports Conference held at Mongu in the Lyondo Region, then, in June 2014 ( http://barotselandpost.com/index.php/all-news/features/item/1483-the-third-barotseland-national-youth-and-sports-council-meeting-held-in-mongu-on ).

I earnestly wish to remind you, once more, to stand firm and to retrace the pace which we have set for the reconstruction of our Motherland, now that we have almost retrieved our ship from the ‘phantoms and pirates of the Caribbean’ who had seized it and made us captives for about half a century and, are about to dock.

We should prove to the neo-colonialist forces which marshalled the crusade for the extinction of the Malozi that we are a humble and formidable but peaceful force to reckon with which is very much capable of running its own National affairs in accordance with its own Barotzish designed and tailored agenda set for the reconstruction of our ONE AND ONLY GOD-GIVEN MOTHERLAND, the Royal Barotseland Kingdom! We should not be swayed by the make-shift colonial powers’ fake development programs made in bad faith which are merely intended to appease us momentarily, nor should we be distracted by some former politicians who failed to represent us, the people of the Royal Barotseland, effectively and efficiently to have missed their golden opportunity because of their insatiable love for the neo-colonialist’s dirty pieces of silver and belief that they could not live without the oppressor or colonizer, like a virus! We should not be the least confused by confused personalities who, like scavengers, stealthily tracking a hunter or lonely hunting the lion to pounce on the kill at the slightest opportunity, after a kill, claiming what they have not killed or toiled for. These people are cunning due to being intoxicated by and sunken into immense personal selfish interest enough to threaten the integrity and dignity of our Monarchy. Shamefully enough, the Zambian so-called clergy even congregate to pray for the continued suffering of the people of Barotseland against the will of God they feign to be worshipping for help!

We should stand our ground and be firm to preserve, protect, defend and honour the integrity, dignity and honour of our sacred institutions such as the God-given Monarchy, the Privy Council, the Royal Authority, the Afumba-led Royal Barotseland Government and the people of the Royal Barotseland Kingdom whom the elements of destruction yearn to divide, at all cost. Our Kutas must also desist from antagonism. They should preach collective participation of ‘Costa nostra’ alongside the legitimate visionary leadership and Government, in good faith in order to maintain and preserve their respect and honour which some failed former political leaders threaten, but which the Afumba-led Government has vowed to forever accord them and protect.

I, therefore, direct the Barotseland National Youth and Sports Council to expedite the formalization of all Youth and Sports Institutions: Youth Development activities and Sports Federations. I also humbly request all stakeholders to come on board in making this great dream a reality by cooperating with our BNYSC Committees from County to National levels. See the duties of the Barotseland National Youth and Sports Council at: http://barotselandpost.com/index.php/all-news/features/item/1445-the-barotseland-national-youth-and-sports-council-clearing-some-misconceptions

God bless the Great Kingdom of Barotseland!

Rt. Hon. C. M. Muyunda

Under-Secretary of State for Youth and Sport
For //The Secretary of State for Youth and Sports
ROYAL BAROTSELAND GOVERNMENT.

Zambia's SPORTS minister Vincent Mwale says the government is scrutinising the K294 million Mongu Stadium contract as it is too expensive for a 20,000-seater facility.

And Parliament heard on Tuesday that Wakong Enterprises and PJP Associates Limited, who are the contractors engaged to jointly erect the stadium are demanding K59 million to move on site.

Responding to concerns raised by opposition backbenchers on the reasoning behind the signing of such an expensive contract for a small stadium, Mwale said the government was reviewing the whole issue.

Kalabo Central UPND member of parliament Chinga Miyutu wondered whether the initial amount would suffice to complete the stadium, to which Mwale responded in the negative.

“It’s true that time has passed since this contract was awarded to the contractors. I know that obviously the prices for things like cement and other materials have escalated but I must mention here that the Ministry of Finance is really finding it hard to raise this money because even just the initial payment looks so huge,” Mwale said.

“I mean, K294 million, more than US$40 million for a 20,000-seater capacity stadium; I think that it’s so exorbitant.”

Mwale said his ministry was working out modalities of seeking a cheaper contractor for the project, even though it had already engaged those awarded.

Keembe MMD member of parliament Lieutenant-General Ronnie Shikapwasha wondered why the government did not sign the contract after securing funds, to which Mwale said the state had negotiated with the contractor, who had agreed not to move on site untill funds were secured.

“We have had challenges and the ministry has raised very serious questions of the pricing of this stadium. We are trying to get back to the contractors to look at the whole pricing and negotiate,” Mwale said.

Mafinga MMD member of parliament Catherine Namugala asked Mwale to be categorical, that the contract would be cancelled and a new one entered into, so as to save resources, but the minister said negotiations were ongoing with the substantive contractors.

“We have to wait for the negotiations to be concluded, we are not sure. We are going to lose money because we might get a better price after negotiations with the contractors,” he said.

And earlier, sports deputy minister Ronald Chitotela told the House that the contractors were demanding K59 million as initial payments to move on site.
Chitotela was responding to follow-up questions by Lubasenshi independent member of parliament Patrick Mucheleka and Miyutu over the matter.
He explained that the contract would run for 24 months after works resume.

“So far the contractors have issued a demand for down payment of K59 million. Once this money is paid, they will move on site,” Chitotela said.

He explained that the construction of the stadium would only resume once the government had sourced funds.
He said so far, over K300,000 had been spent on the project for bush clearing.

Kasempa MMD member of parliament Kabinga Pande asked why the government signed a contract without money, to which Chitotela said the project was launched in 2013 by late president Michael Sata even when it was not budgeted for - postzambia.com

9th February, 2015

Office of the Head of State: His Majesty the King of Barotseland;
Office of the Administrator General: Royal Barotseland Government;
Secretaries and Under Secretaries of State: Royal Barotseland Government;
The Secretary: Royal Barotseland National Youth and Sports Council;
All Secretaries: Regional, District and County Youth and Sports Councils

Royal Barotseland Kingdom.

KEEPING THE FLAME OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND ROYAL BAROTSELAND LIBERTY ALIGHT!

The Department of Youth and Sport is earnestly appealing to all the established, formed or created Youth Development structures, Organizations or Institutions- from the County to the National level- to set sail and to continue putting in place what is expected of them to be put in place now that the Department has concluded the ‘Operational Management Act of 2014’ and its plans for the ‘Integrated Youth Development Programme’ alongside other National legislature required for Statehood.(http://barotsepost.com/images/important_barotse_documents/rbg_youth_and_sports_development _act_2014.pdf) We should prepare for the mammoth task of preparing our National Teams, Federations, Associations and Clubs for various sports and disciplines and other Recreational and Youth Development Activities for the benefit of the Nation and the purpose of making our Youths responsible and productive Citizens, which is ahead of us, now!

I wish to retrace and re-emphasize my earlier appeal to the Barotzish Citizens, the Youths especially, which I had conveyed through the Royal Barotseland Kingdom’s National Youth and Sports meeting held at Mungu in the Lyondo Region, then, in June, 2014. I earnestly wish to remind you, once more, to stand firm and to retrace the pace which we have set for the reconstruction of our Motherland, now that we are about to retrieve our ship from the Phantoms and pirates who had seized it and made us captives for about half a century and, are about to dock.

We should prove to the Neo-Colonialist forces which marshaled the crusade for the extinction of the Malozi that we are a humble and formidable but peaceful force to reckon with which is very much capable of running its own National Affairs in accordance with its own Barotzish designed and tailored Development Agenda set for the reconstruction of our one and only God-given Motherland: the Royal Barotseland Kingdom! We should not be swayed by the make-shift colonial power’s fake Development programs made in bad faith which are merely intended to appease us momentarily, nor should we be distracted by some former politicians who failed to represent us, the people of the Royal Barotseland, effectively and efficiently to have missed their golden opportunity because of their insatiable love for the Neo-colonialist’s dirty pieces of silver and belief that they could not live without the oppressor or colonizer, like a virus! We should not be the least confused by confused personalities who, like scavengers, stealthily tracking a hunter or lonely hunting Lion to pounce on the kill at the slightest opportunity, after a kill, claiming what they have not killed or toiled for. These people are cunning due to being intoxicated by and sunken into immense personal selfish interests enough to threaten the integrity and dignity of our Monarch. They have even set ultimatums for the oppressor to leave Barotseland, which they have so calculated in anticipation of coinciding with the Barotseland Legal Team’s progression of the ICJ verdict in order to confuse loyal Barotzish Citizens so as to claim that it is them who may have made Zambia move its authority from Barotseland. Shamefully enough, the Zambian so-called Clergy even congregate to pray for the continued sufferings of Barotseland against the will of the God they feign worshiping to for help!

We should stand our ground and be firm to preserve, protect, defend and honour the integrity, dignity and honour of our sacred Institutions such as the God-given Monarch, the Privy Council, the Royal Authority, the legitimate Afumba-led Government and the people of the Royal Barotseland Kingdom whom the elements of destruction yearn to divide, at all costs. Our Kutas must also desist from antagonism. They should preach collective participation and responsibility of ‘Costa Nostra’ alongside the legitimate visionary Leadership and Government, in good faith, in order to maintain and preserve their respect and honour which some failed former political leaders threaten, but which the Afumba-led Government has vowed to forever accord them and protect.

We should also shame the man who inflicted divisive excruciating pain, misery, sufferings and evil upon the innocent Malozi, as we wish him long life to see the end of the misery he inflicted upon an innocent and honest people by his ‘divide and rule Big man’s syndrome’ under the pretext of ‘Above Board’ One Party Undemocratic Governance. That mean man to whom whoever was opposed to his opinion was a ‘Stupid Idiot’. . . . . . The Man who paraded himself as an ‘Anointed Holy Angel of God and Messenger of Peace, Love and Tranquility while being evil. . . . . the tyrant who was law himself and whose opinion became law.

Dear compatriots, let us mount courage and build our Nation in the way we know we would want it to be because it is us, and only us, who know how we would want our Nation to be, and how we can reconstruct the one and only Motherland we call home: the Royal Barotseland Kingdom. The Lord is wonderful and has always been wonderful to us! He has made the race not only to the swift, nor the battle only to the strong. Neither has He provided bread to only the wise, nor riches to only the men of understanding, nor favour to only the skilled but, He has made time and chances happen to us all though at different times and in different forms and ways. However, all in all, time and chances still come to all! We are a State capable of running our own affairs, henceforth; we should commence or continue with our tasks, from where we left, vigorously, towards the implementation of the National Youth Skills and Sports Development Programmes!

Let’s ‘keep the flame of liberty alight’ as we pray, solicit and lobby the International Community and Global Organizations for their prompt intervention with regards the unconditional release of our gallant Leaders incarcerated by the Neo-Colonialist Regime for intimidating purposes and deliberate denial and delay of our liberty, which must come!

C.M. Muyunda

Under Secretary for the Department of Youth and Sports

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