The International Community Organizations must not brood over a catalyst for bloodshed by deliberately ignoring the inhuman situation in Barotseland which they should mitigate or avoid because the situation may become unpalatable and lead into xenophobia when all hell turns loose.
The appointments of fake Barotzish ‘Guardian Angels’ by the Neo-Colonialist Administration, such as the Vice President and the Attorney General of Barotzish descent whose main ordeal is to maintain continued perpetration of enslavement, oppression and other ills against the Barotzish under the guise of recognition, does not benefit the Barotzish in any way but the appointees and their immediate families who enjoy Zambian morsels. So, is the appointment of an Attorney General of Barotzish descent to merely appease the Barotzish who do not benefit anything in any way from such cosmetic appointments which they are not the least interested in or envy?
RESISTANCE to Barotseland’s autonomy antedates the actual signing of Barotseland Agreement on 18th May, 1964 and has been the key theme since then. That explains why the treaty was abrogated soon after the signing of the BA ’64, the innumerable human rights violations by Zambia against Barotse people, the attempted colonisation of Barotseland, and the delayed complete independence of our motherland Barotseland.
In a lengthy speech, Kenneth Kaunda, then Prime Minister of Northern Rhodesia, barely a couple of months after signing the Barotseland Agreement 1964 and shortly before Zambia’s October 1964 independence, categorically assured then Litunga (King) of Barotseland, Sir Mwanawina III, KBE, and all Members of the Barotse Royal Family and of the Barotse Government, that the Zambian Government had no wish to interfere with the day-to-day running of the internal affairs of Barotseland.
The assurance was given in a written speech that Kenneth Kaunda himself publicly read at a meeting held at the headquarters of the Barotse government at Lealui, on Thursday, 6th August 1964.
A total VOTE REVOLT in Barotseland will send a CLEAR message that the territory is no longer interested in being part of a Zambia that does NOT respect the Barotse rights to Self-determination. The world right now does not take Barotseland’s call for self-determination seriously because the Barotse continue to participate in the political affairs of the country they have already declared independence from.
The reader may wish to know that Kenneth Kaunda's speech of 26th August 1969 to the Zambian nation dubbed "I WISH TO INFORM THE NATION", without a doubt showed his unappeasable and unsatiated colonial craving to "fix" the people of Barotseland. This manifestation came barely two years after the independence and opened a Pandora box or can of worms, in effecting the current status quo on the now defunct BA’ 64 Treaty and future of New Barotseland, out of the failed unitary statehood called Zambia.
Zambia must admit that Afumba Mombotwa, Hakainde Hichilema, Likando Pelekelo, Inambao Kalima and others are political prisoners who must be freed unconditionally.
Generally, repressive and oppressive regimes tend to deny the existence of political prisoners within their borders.
The Zambian government, too, has continued to deny the existence of political prisoners within its state prisons. Currently, opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema and several of his supporters are incarcerated over politically motivated crimes which make them political prisoners. The government and its supporters, however, are adamant that these are in fact mere criminals in violation of the criminal justice system. Nevertheless, it is clear that Hakainde’s current troubles emanate from the problematic 2016 electioneering, and many Zambians and the global community subscribe to that notion.
Similarly, Barotse nationals, Afumba Mombotwa, Likando Pelekelo and Sylvester Inambao Kalima are not only political prisoners but also prisoners of conscience.