Media Editor, Barotseland Post
As reactions continue to flow over the Supreme Court of Zambia’s verdict on Barotseland Independence leaders, one prominent Barotse independence advocate, Saleya Kwalombota, laments as he questions the silence of the Zambian media, international community and the Barotse elite;
HARD TO BEAR
The recent Supreme Court ruling in Ndola where Barotseland provisional government leaders have been sentenced to an additional five years from the initial 10 years following their appeal against the Kabwe High Court judgment of 2016 that handed them a 10-year sentence each is hard to bear.
The people of Barotseland and the world over should stand to condemn this kind of mistreatment of Barotseland independence advocates by the Zambian courts.
It has become clear that taking issues relating to Barotseland in any Zambian courts is not of any help as it will never receive a fair judgment in the face of Zambian courts.
This has further been demonstrated by Zambian media silence over the Supreme Court Judgment in Ndola.
“There was definitely a clash in customs, which ceremony organizers admitted proved a challenge, but in the end, each side had to make some compromise.”
HISTORY was yesterday made at Mkaika, capital of the Chewa people in Katete, when the East met the West during the Kulamba traditional ceremony of the Chewa people of Eastern Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
The historical moment was as epic as sunrise meeting sunset, all in one place, as the Litunga would later describe the moment.
Independence will instantly create many thousands of Barotse jobs as Barotseland must establish not only its own civil and public service but also its military and defense forces such as the national police, the army, air and marine forces, the Royal Barotseland Government (RBG), also known as the Barotseland Transition Government (BTG), has assured in its latest feature.
Responding to a media query, the BTG has, however, warned that these jobs will only be possible under Barotseland independence and not under treacherous new agreements or the restoration of the dead 1964 agreement which the Zambian government is reportedly proposing to sign with the King of Barotseland arbitrarily and with only a clique of Barotse elites' involvement intended to perpetuate Barotseland’s subjugation under Zambia.
“Complete self-determination is the only guarantee to Barotseland’s development and jobs as, without it, Barotseland will perpetually depend on Zambia for its civil and military services, among all else, and Barotse people will continue to suffer unemployment and underdevelopment due to Zambian colonization disguised as a unitary state!”
The Royal Barotseland Government (RBG), also known as the Barotseland Transitional Government (BTG), has advised Barotse citizens, especially the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE), to stop fraternizing with the Zambian government for Barotseland’s total self-determination to be realized.
Responding to a media query, the BTG said it was now clear that the Zambian government had lost all its legal rights over Barotseland after they unilaterally abrogated the 1964 Barotseland Agreement through their 1969-1970 constitutional changes.
“It was actually that agreement which gave them such rights, but now that Barotseland had already accepted its abrogation, there no longer exists any national-state relationship between the two territories other than social and geographical neighborliness, and a mere conditioning of the minds!” read their response in part.
The Zambian Watchdog has featured the below article to remind its readers what the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) once said about the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) is a professional corporate body established in 1973 by the Law Association of Zambia Act, Chapter 31 of the Laws of Zambia. Its predecessor was the Law Society of Zambia which was established by the Law Society of Zambia (Private) Act Chapter 47 of the repealed Edition of the Laws of Zambia.
The association represents the legal profession in Zambia and currently has a membership of more than 1,000 legal practitioners and advises the Zambian government and public on legal matters.
From this legal expose’ it will be clearly deduced that the current ongoing aspirations of the people of Barotseland are very legitimate! Therefore, the Zambian state is well advised to heed sound legal admonition before the Barotseland debacle escalates into civil war!
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.