• 30
  • Oct

 

International law did not begin with the United Nations, but the Organization has played an important role in consolidating and vastly expanding it. International law consists of a body of treaties, customary laws, judicial decisions and other relevant sources that play a central role in promoting economic and social development, as well as international peace and security among the nations of the world. It quickly becomes obvious that conflicts that have dominated the agenda of United Nations are those of political freedom in nature.

This pauses a challenge for UN to position the challenges of conflict resolutions. Barotseland issue, though, not relatively small in scale compared to many others, have consistently failed to attract attention, and has had less coverage from both international and Zambian media houses. Issues concerning Barotseland's right to freedom can be found more on the online publications than the traditional mainstream media outlets, but even then it is not as easy to find the information as the Zambian government keep on blocking internet websites viewed as publishing such information.

  • 30
  • Oct

 

The unfolding circumstance s in Zambia should be watched keenly, not that Barotseland is in any way interested in participating in the resultant elections or in who will lead Zambia following President Sata’s death but because we are dealing with people who are bent on keeping us within Zambia at all cost.

Despite having resolved to accept Zambia’s abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964, Zambians have continued to act as if all was normal by imposing their administration and even conducting useless by-elections in Barotseland in the recent past.

With Zambia about to hold presidential elections within three months, a clear message must be communicated not only to the Zambian government but to all competing Zambian political parties that we do not need them to campaign in Barotseland as that is tantamount to campaigning in a foreign country.

  • 30
  • Oct

 

One of the important manifestations of effective and good leadership is consistency of word and action. Assuming that the article which appeared on the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) website was an accurate account of what transpired during the visit to Siikalo Kuta by the Zambian Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Hon. Nkandu Luo, then it means we can now boldly declare that Barotseland’s long-awaited freedom has finally arrived. In the meantime, we just have to work towards our Independence Day.

It was fulfilling and pleasing to note the reported words said to the Minister by Indunas Inete and Mutwaleti, as well as Mr. Go-Brown Kayuwa Kashumba, regarding the point we have now reached on the road towards the realization of Barotseland’s liberation. What the three honourable and distinguished Sons of the Soil said to the Minister brought a tear of hope, happiness, joy, satisfaction and fulfillment to my heart. As I read the article by Muyunda Makala and Mwananyandi Mukunyandela I momentarily became lost for words and, in exasperation, all I could hear my disobedient mouth blurt out were the words: “Barotseland’s freedom has finally arrived.” Going forward, all that Siikalo Kuta needs to do is to religiously reiterate the same position to whoever visits Namuso. Frankly, this was the moment we have all been waiting for; the moment when Namuso echoes and champions the aspirations and wishes of the people of Barotseland.

  • 29
  • Apr

I have a dream,a free Barotseland shall soon be realized,it is a dream rooted in the Barotse dream.

I have a dream,one day our nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; "we will hold these truths to be self evident because human beings are created equal."

One day our captors who are sent to rule over us will be no more in Barotseland,one day we will not be promoted to junior positions,only when we insult our parents and dishonour them! And then lose the posts after a job well done. One day we will not be threatened with arrests and threatened with treasonable charges for expressing our political views.

  • 18
  • Jun

Dear Editor,

Please publish this as my warning to UPND youths as well as a reminder to every Murotse. Thanks you.

"I am sorry but the UPND Youths are proving a to be bunch of useless buffoons that have for more than four terms failed to make government in their country, Zambia. Why do you want to hoodwink the public into believing that Barotseland is part of your country and go to the extent of buying poor taxi drivers and claim a 'thunderous welcome' shame on you.

  • 17
  • Oct

The editor,
Barotse Post,
Mongu,

Greetings to you all.

Thanks a lot for your article on the subject referred above. Please find herein my submission regarding the topic.

First and foremost I still find this insolence of Zambia indeed and quite nerve-wracking. As things stand now it is useless for Zambia to talk about the matter on our behalf because of the following observations:

  • 17
  • Oct

Contained herein are my personal views and not representative of any group. Please forward my views to BRE concerning the subject which I feel should be debated with a heart of Barotseland people at grassroots.

What is World Heritage?

World Heritage is the designation for places on Earth that are of outstanding universal value to humanity and as such, have been inscribed on the World Heritage List to be protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

  • 17
  • Oct

Kindly allow me space in our Barotsepost to air my views.

Malozi shaa, this move of enlisting the Barotse Plains as a world heritage site is simply nonsensical and very much ill-conceived. It does not sit well with me at all and I believe, this is or may be the case with many well-meaning descendants of Barotseland. It will not, in anyway, add value to what we are doing for ourselves already and let alone, to the beautiful libala la Bulozi.

  • 17
  • Oct

Contained herein are my personal views and not representative of any group. Please forward my views to BRE concerning the subject which I feel should be debated with a heart of Barotseland people at grassroots.

What is World Heritage?

World Heritage is the designation for places on Earth that are of outstanding universal value to humanity and as such, have been inscribed on the World Heritage List to be protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

What does it mean for a site to be inscribed on the List?

Once a country signs the Convention, and has sites inscribed on the World Heritage List, the resulting prestige often helps raise awareness among citizens and governments for heritage preservation.

  • 17
  • Oct

Kindly allow me space in our Barotsepost to air my views.

Malozi shaa, this move of enlisting the Barotse Plains as a world heritage site is simply nonsensical and very much ill-conceived. It does not sit well with me at all and I believe, this is or may be the case with many well-meaning descendants of Barotseland. It will not, in anyway, add value to what we are doing for ourselves already and let alone, to the beautiful libala la Bulozi.

The reasons being advanced are baseless and simply reflect cheap politicking. The agitating factor is the independence of our Barotseland (already attained by the way). These guys from N. Rhodesia do not mean any good at all. They should find places to enlist in their areas of origin and not in our country. Seriously, it has nothing to do with burial sites (litino) of the Lozi kings and queens. This whole thing is an affront to the people of Barotseland. We will get ourselves in a quagmire. Come to think of it, it is synonmous to selling one's birth right.

  • 19
  • Oct

Let’s forget Barotseland Agreement and embrace our freedom.

In this discussion, we seek to bring to attention, why Barotseland Agreement (BA64) is dead and buried, and that we must come to conclusion to put aside any fears or debate of GRZ or BRE or indeed anyone else to discuss or revive the BA64 or the renegotiation of any new agreement in place of the BA 64, as a misguided insult to the Barotse nation.

In bringing up this series of discussions, we would like to mention that Bulozinahayaluna does not in any way dream of forming a government in Barotseland, or join her politics thereof, but will remain an information, observer and lobby grouping.

  • 22
  • Oct

Finally, the much awaited historic 24th October is finally here this week. Allow me space in your wonderful paper to celebrate in a unique way with the readers this very important day.

Since 1964 when Zambia was pronounced independent from the British colonial rule the day has been recurrent yearly, just like any other important anniversary. However, this year the recurrence brings along with it the much thought after Golden Jubilee Celebrations of independence in the minds of most Zambians. Ironically, it connotes the climax of the paradoxical union between Northern Rhodesia and Barotseland dubbed as Zambia on 1964. This union is what I would like to term or phrase as “Freedom of Independence against Freedom of Dependence”. This day this week is very important to both Northern Rhodesia and Barotseland for reasons discussed in this article, much so this time around, in our dear history.

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.