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was the Law Society of Zambia which was established by the Law Society of Zambia (Private) Act Chapter 47 of the repealed Edition of the Laws of Zambia.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!
Many Zambians ignorant of what a Kingdom really is are often heard mocking Barotse people for aspiring to separate from their so-called democratic state, Zambia, to be ruled by a King in Barotseland, which they assume is an ‘archaic’ system of government synonymous with dictatorship.
First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda has been urged to seriously consider playing a role in resolving the issue of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
Civil Rights Activist Brebner Changala thinks that Zambia must utilize the opportunity it still has to resolve the Barotseland Agreement issue while Dr. Kaunda who was a signatory to it is still alive.
President Edgar Lungu has been called upon to caution Zambians in diplomatic service to desist from commenting on the issue of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
The Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) is concerned that careless statements on the Agreement by Zambia’s ambassadors and high commissioners, if not handled well, can be a source of conflict.
The Zambian government is to lodge an official complaint to the South African government and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in particular over a program that featured two members of the Linyungandambo Youth League, a freedom fighting movement advocating for the independence of Barotseland (Western Province) from Zambia.
In 2015, then as a presidential candidate without campaign money or access to government resources after Acting President Guy Scott vowed not to use government resources for the ruling party’s campaigns, Edgar Chagwa Lungu was reported by the popular online publication, Zambian Watchdog, to have sought some campaign financing from a Nigerian oil firm in exchange for concessions in mineral rights, oil and gas explorations in Barotseland.