A long-standing member of the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) has described the late Liuwa Muyawa who was put to rest on Sunday as a bank of information on Barotseland matters.
Speaking at the burial of Mr. Liuwa at Lusaka’s Memorial Park Cemetery, Hon Mutungulu Wanga stressed that Mr. Liuwa played a major role in what is rightly referred to as the struggle of Barotseland’s emancipation, work that is intended to recover the rights of the people of Barotseland to statehood, autonomy and independence.
Somaliland is a proud independent African Country that unilaterally declared its independence from Somalia in 1991, like what Barotseland did in March 2012 when it unilaterally declared its own independence from Zambia. Twenty seven years later, however, no single member of the AU or UN has officially recognized the independence of Somaliland for fear of encouraging other ‘break-away’ states on the continent of Africa.
Nevertheless, Somaliland has persevered and upheld their independence, and Barotseland should draw lessons from this proud African country and uphold their own declared independence from Zambia without any fears.
It is the current position of the government of the Republic of Zambia that the Litunga, King of Barotseland, and the Lozi people have no special claim under the Zambian constitution because all the legal and constitutional provisions which had given them such rights have all been effectively ‘revoked’ by progressive constitutional and legislative reforms.
This Zambian government legal pre-supposition and the claim of ‘long passage of time’ is so far the only legal response ever made by the government regarding the matter of the pre-independence Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
A dark cloud fell over Barotseland on 21st February as death robbed the nation of a gallant freedom fighter in the struggle for Barotseland, Hon. Liuwa Muyawa, a long-serving member of the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA).
Mr. Liuwa Muyawa was admitted at Zambia’s University Teaching Hospital (UTH), the day before his passing, for high blood pressure and sugar related illness but sadly died on the night of 21st February 2018 in the same hospital.
A young activist is reportedly on police’s wanted list after writing a letter in which he challenged Zambia’s regional minister in ‘western province’, Nathaniel Mubukwanu, to resign on moral grounds for what he termed as the minister’s ‘alien position’ by remaining mute over numerous issues affecting the people of Barotseland.
It is a legal fact that Barotse people are not Zambians without the now-defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964. This is according to many eminent Zambian legal minds, two of whom are here below featured.
Dr. Rodger Chongwe, a renowned Zambian constitutional and human rights lawyer of international repute, has more than once advised the Zambian government to revisit the national laws to make sure that the Lozi people’s constitutional and human rights of self-determination in Zambia were not violated.