News Editor, Barotseland Post

News Editor, Barotseland Post

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In the case of Northern Rhodesia and Barotseland, no union was established, except for the inheritance of power and obligations of the queen by Mr. Kaunda in 1964. Surely there is no united, "Baro-zam" as a country; so there was an elliptical formation of the Zambian state parallel to none.

REALITY

It is quite evident that Barotseland has never been formally annexed to any territory to date; and it has never been an enclave. The legality of annexation of Barotseland to Zambia could only depend on the entry into force of the Barotseland Agreement 1964. Really the Agreement was a presupposition intended to associate Barotseland to Zambia. Many people believe that the Agreement united Barotseland to Zambia; but the truth is that the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 suggested condominium with regard to Authority.

To our dismay, however, the Barotseland Agreement 1964 was unilaterally terminated by the Zambian government; while at the same time they continued occupying our country, although by implication; termination of the agreement meant severing the relationship.

The consequences of abrogation of the Agreement resulted into coercion, forced assimilation, subjugation; and domination. The Zambians try to maintain relationship with Barotseland by fire-arms while they occupy Barotseland illegally.

Zambia's dominance is derived from the law of succession, i.e. Zambia inherited obligations of her Majesty the Queen of Britain over Barotseland.

SECESSION

According to Zambian understanding Barotseland's liberty is termed as ‘secession.’ To shed light on this notion, we know that ‘secession’ is perceived to be in conflict with the idea of preservation of the territorial integrity of a country.

This being the case, it is incredible to suggest that boundaries of Barotseland that were drawn and concluded between 1890-1905 should not be preserved at the expense of cheap slogans.

The perception of ‘secession’ implies the state of breaking away from the mother country. If this is true then Zambia has never been a mother country to Barotseland; and shall never be, because Barotseland is older. Furthermore the intention of impairing territorial integrity of Barotseland and the desire to deprive Barotseland of her sovereignty by Zambia is not compatible with international norms.

The issue of deprivation of Barotse people's right to self-rule as provided by the Barotseland Agreement 1964 can never be entertained any more. We are re-building our nation upon the foundation laid down by King Lewanika; a foundation that enables us to secure what belongs to us. Being Zambians to us is simply questionable; and something the Barotse earned on the way. We are Barotzish by virtue of descent.

We would like our African Brothers to know that we were occupied by a Neighbouring country, and we are here to claim what belongs to us.

Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa
Administrator General
Royal Barotseland kingdom


Dear Editor,

Please allow me space to react to the insults hauled upon the Barotse people by Zambia's minister Michael Kaingu during his recent visit to Barotseland where he called the people of Barotseland ungrateful when even dogs show gratitude to their masters for the scraps of food they receive by wagging their tails.

First and foremost,the people of Barotseland are not boot-lickers like the Hon Minister,it is a known fact Mr. Kaingu puts his foot in his mouth every time he speaks and we take strong exception to that kind of insults. If Mr. Kaingu is alluding to the appointment of Mrs. Wina as Vice president,the people of Barotseland have nothing to celebrate about! What is Vice president to Barotseland? You want us to celebrate simply because One Hungry dog is given scraps in Lusaka.

The Minister should understand that we cannot join him in his celebration as we are living in two different times and different places, let him realize that the people of Barotseland cannot celebrate simply because One hungry dog is feeding on scraps from its master's table in Lusaka

The people of Barotseland do not need clowns to come and perform their circus acts mwa Bulozi,as we are faced by real poverty,we are still in mourning as some of people remain missing since January 2011 and others still in Zambia's prisons for simply pressing the fact that Barotseland is a state that deserved to be respected. Mr. Kaingu should take his scraps and bones elsewhere.

Mr. Kaingu sir,the Barotse people do not need scraps from Zambia,they do not need something short of political freedom. What the Barotse people want is freedom! They are not asking to be given a dog's horn,they are simply asking to be given their Birth-right the right to determine their own future and destiny

By:True son and Citizen of the soil of Barotseland, Muyunda Makala

Zambia’s VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina is expected in Mongu tomorrow for a three-day visit to Barotseland during which she will meet the Litunga (King) before addressing public meetings in the provincial capital, in Senanga and in Nalolo.

This will be her first official visit to the region since President Lungu appointed her as Zambia’s first female Vice-President last January.

According to the programme issued by Zambia’s Western Province administration, obtained and reported by LusakaTimes.com , Ms Wina will hold public meetings at Limulunga market and Mabumba School grounds in Limulunga district.

On Monday, she will address public meetings at Katongo grounds on Senanga road, at Namushakende grounds, where the Zambian government intends to build King Lewanika University, and in Nalolo, while on Tuesday morning, she will pay a courtesy call on the Litunga La-mboela at Nalolo and in the afternoon hold a public meeting at Nasilimwe and another on Wednesday at Nambwae before returning to Lusaka.

However, speculations reported by social media network close to the BRE, BBN, while quoting BRE sources, are that she is in fact sent by the Zambian president Edgar Lungu to clear the way for his impending visit to meet the Kuta and the Litunga.

The BRE insiders further revealed that Mr. Lungu had phoned the Litunga’s office on Monday this week to express his desire to meet the Kuta and the Litunga to put the Barotseland Agreement 1964 to rest without having to go through the imminent court actions at the International court of Justice (ICJ), Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)as well as at the The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) of the African Union, which are all advancing considerably. His commitment, the source further said, was to opt to resolve the matter by either one of two ways:

  • Restoration of the abrogated agreement of 1964 or
  • settling it through the holding of a REFERENDUM

To demonstrate his sincerity as a Lawyer, Mr. Lungu is further said to have promised to make public the findings of the Rodger Chongwe Commission of inquiry shortly.

However, Mr. Lungu’s suggested two options were already strongly rejected by the majority of the people of Barotseland and all the political activists groups earlier this year when Mr. Lungu announced at a presser in Ethiopia recently that he was going to visit the Kuta to propose the referendum idea. The activists argued that Zambia could not be trusted with a referendum that was not only unnecessary but also inapplicable in the case of Barotseland because the Barotseland Agreement 1964 was never implemented in Zambia as it was repudiated and abrogated shortly after its signing, technically separating Barotseland from Zambia, while the RESTORATION idea was no longer feasible as Barotseland formally consented the agreement’s abrogation in 2012, thereby officially declaring Barotseland’s independence from Zambia.

WHAT IS TRUTH?

In John 18:37-38 of the Christian Holy scripture we find the following;

"37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered; Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

“38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all."

In other ways (as to John 18:37 - Holy Bible) the reason I was born and came into Barotseland is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.

What is truth? Pilate (Zambia) asks in verse 38.

Truth is that Zambia was built on the foundation of deceit and lies. Truth is that the Bible teaches us that "Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight." - Proverbs 12:22 (Holy Bible)

However, from Mr. Kenneth Kaunda to late Mr. Michael Sata of Zambia, they all lied over the matter of Barotseland. All successive Zambian regimes of Kenneth Kaunda, Fredrick Chiluba, Rupiah Banda and Michael Sata, all arrested the people of Barotseland in connection with the Barotseland issue. It was during Chiluba's tenure of office that the prominent Lozi lawyer Richard Ngenda was assassinated. When Banda's government came to power, security men and women traveled over to Barotseland aiming to kill Barotzish in Mongu in 2011, because they simply wanted to hold a meeting. Unarmed Barotzish citizens were slain. Like Rupiah Banda before him, Mr. Sata ordered his security men to go and kill Barotzish,

“if they say fa, you fire. If they say eni sha, just fire." Sata ordered.

The blood of our brethren slain by Zambia because of Barotseland matters is crying loudly in the yonder shore;

"Vengeance, vengeance, vengeance! How long sovereign Lord will it takes for you to Judge Zambia, and avenge our blood?"

Zambia beguiled Barotseland like a snake in the garden of Eden; visa avis the snake said, "you will not surely die." Similarly Mr Kaunda said, “I assure you Sir Mwanawina III that my Government will not interfere with the internal affairs of Barotseland." Question, was this true? No!

To claim that Barotseland and Zambia merged is a blue lie as no Lawyer, Magistrate or Judge can assert that Barotseland at one time surrendered her sovereignty to Zambia, except a liar.

Zambia will never be able to tell the truth; they are addicted to lies; morning lies, afternoon lies, evening lies. Barotzish entered into a treaty with hypocritical liars whose conscience has been seared as with hot iron. (1 Timothy 4:2 - Holy Bible)

No lawyer, Magistrate or Judge can claim that the revoked Agreement is binding unless he relies on his opinion, and not Law. After arresting grade 7 pupils in Kalabo, among others in 2013 and charged them with treason, Zambia denied having arrested anybody from Kalabo in their Parliament. Liars!

The devil is a murderer from the beginning and does not abide in truth. So is Zambia when she lies. (John 8:44-45 of the Holy Bible). No pastor or preacher can commend or bless liars, unless he is wicked.

Mr. Sata Michael announced publicly at blue gums field in Mongu that, "Linyungandambo are good people, let everybody join them." Hypocritical Police officers were there. This being so, the question is; can any sensible person (police) arrest good people?

By arresting, incarcerating and killing the Barotzish; Zambia thinks they can bury TRUTH, thereby continue to claim and occupy our territory, Barotseland. Those who were maimed, tortured and incarcerated will continue cursing Zambia as long as sunshine, moon and season's exist. May be Dr. Ludwig Sondashi and Dr. Nevers Mumba who are truthful and honest can teach the rest of Zambians on this matter.

Finally, may all the hypocrites note the following:

(i) A fortune made by lying tongue is a fleeting Vapour and a deadly snare viz Proverbs 21:6 (Holy Bible)

(ii) A lying tongue hates those it hurts and a flattering mouth works ruins viz Proverbs 21:28 (Holy Bible)

(iii) These are the things you are to do, "speak the truth to each other and render true sound judgments in your courts. Zechariah 8:16 (Holy Bible)

The truth is that there is no BAROTSELAND IN ZAMBIA BUT IN AFRICA.

Afumba Mombotwa
Administrator General
Royal Barotseland Kingdom

Induna Kalonga, who is a former acting Ngambela of Barotseland, Mr. Siisi Godfrey Lifuna has died.

Mr. Siisi died on Thursday night of 9th April, 2015 at around 22:00 hrs from undisclosed cause.

Mwembeshi maximum state prison. The  Easter holiday culminated into a visit to our incarcerated Barotseland leaders of the Provisional Royal Barotseland government, Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa, Hon. Pelekelo, Hon. Paul  Masiyaleti and Hon. Kalima,  at  Zambia’s Mwembeshi state prison on the 6th April, 2015. The four leaders of have been in Zambian prison custody for five  months now, since December 5th 2014, without trial, a move against the rule of Justice, and  Amnesty International Zambia, including all the Human Rights watchdogs operating in Zambia seeing nothing wrong with this, even though  they are very much aware of it. Their crime? A Trumped up charge of treason felony punishable by death under Zambian laws for "attempting" to secede Zambia's "western province" to form an independent state of Barotseland. Barotseland unanimously declared independence in March 2012 from Zambia after the latter repeatedly refused to restore the pre-independence agreement of 1964 that guaranteed Barotseland's autonomy within the newly independent state of Zambia. The Barotseland Agreement 1964 was repudiated and unilaterally abrogated in 1969. In spite of repeated calls to have the agreement restored over the last five decades, Zambia blatantly refused, resulting in Barotseland to "Accepting" the abrogation, hence freeing her from performing any subsisting terms of the defunct treaty.

In the company of Mrs. Mombotwa, Barotse citizens from within Zambia, Barotseland and abroad visited our incarcerated leaders at Mwembeshi state prison.  It was one solemn occasion that united us all with the real 'heart' of the matter of the injustice being perpetuated by the Zambian government towards our people who stand for the truth to prevail in the Barotseland impasse. Nevertheless, it was gratifying to find them in good spirit, and they did not spare any thanks to all those helping them spiritually and materially. May the Lord God continue protecting them as we continue in our independence struggle?

This reporter and others were privileged to be in the presence of the Barotseland Administrator General, learning from his wisdom as he shared his passion and vision for Barotseland.  The Barotseland administrator went on to console the people of Barotseland saying; “the extension of political rights and freedoms, and peaceful turnovers of the people of Barotseland should not be taken as action of political cowardice, but action based on the understanding of diplomacy and peace.” He further accused that the Zambian government had become disillusioned with the gripping of political power over Barotseland, despite the several requests to vacate the political seized territory peacefully.

Honorable Afumba continued his discourse by saying that the Barotseland issue is unique and that it could not be liked to any other because it really has no precedence to refer to. Therefore, "the people of Barotseland feel betrayed, insulted, and disrespected, stemming from Zambia’s failure to uphold and respect the principle of Justice."

“In other development,” he further said, “political sting motivates and propels collective action, and provides a basis for future claims for social justice, as Zambia's critics of Barotseland's independence just expose their failure to analyze the political realm - in particular, problems of political accountability."

The right honorable Mombotwa went on to refer to the speech of Nelson Mandela of April 20, 1964, and I quote,

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”  End quote.

He further, emphasized the need to remain focused, resolute, resolved and never to lose sight of our vision. He mentioned that where there was no vision people perished. “The underlying factor,” he said was to “extend and strengthen the ties among the provisional leadership, the Monarch and all the people of Barotseland in order  to cultivate and consolidate the much needed mindset change.”

Report  by Saleya Kwalombota

The Barotseland Post, also known as The Barotsepost, is an online media platform, for now, that is dedicated to reporting stories and news around Barotseland and beyond, giving exclusive coverage and access to the people and the nation of Barotseland to fully express themselves in their aspirations for self- determination.