The nation of Barotseland was on 16th April 2018, greeted with news pertaining to the impending dialogue over the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 with the Government of the Republic of Zambia.
The press release on dialogue follows the statement by Zambian President Edgar Lungu ahead of the 2016 elections when he expressed willingness to sit around the table and conclude the impasse once the BRE (Zambia's institution) was ready.
BNFA statement on the BRE suggested Dialogue Council
by BNFA Publicity Wing
The Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) cannot and will not take part in the Barotseland Agreement 1964 negotiations proposed by the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE). There is nothing to negotiate about the Barotseland Agreement 1964 as insinuated by the BRE press statement of April 16, 2018. The negotiations were done and concluded before the co-signing of the Agreement. What should have followed was implementation; but the Zambian regime defaulted and legislated against its own obligations.
Barotse activist Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe has continued to present her artistic project "Wade in the Water” in Mexico.
Over the weekend, the Wade in the Water performances were scheduled for Sisal, Mexico and we will continue to follow her campaign across the world as she presents what she has described as a "hybrid multi-generational archival encounter", which pays tribute to her great grandfather King Lewanika of Barotseland, using photographs, documentaries, music and performances.
On 30 September 2017 in Merida, Mexico, Barotse activist Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe will present her artistic project "Wade in the Water" for the first time. In what she describes as a "hybrid multi-generational archival encounter", the artistic producing director of Global Posse productions will pay tribute to her great grandfather King Lewanika of Barotseland, using photographs, a documentary, music and performances. This project will explore both her indigenous Barotse and her western identities.
The Pope said that indigenous people should have the final say about what happens to their land.
Pope Francis insisted on Wednesday that indigenous groups must give prior consent to any economic activity affecting their ancestral lands.
This article is inspired by sad reports that three young men died, with one left battling for life at King Lewanika General Hospital, in Mongu two weeks ago after drinking methylated spirit diluted with sweetened water because there was no bar selling beer nearby.