BRE announces dialogue on Barotseland Agreement ‘64 to commence soon, Dialogue Council to be unveiled

17 April 2018
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His Majesty Lubosi Imwiko II, King of Barotseland confering with Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu

The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has announced that it is now ready to meet the Zambian government and engage in dialogue over the defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964 which was unilaterally abrogated by the Zambian government through successive constitutional amendments from 1965 - 1970.

BRE’s Ngambela Nyambe Mwenda announced yesterday during a briefing in Limulunga that a Dialogue Council to be comprised of representatives of communities, Barotse Political Activists, the institutions of traditional governance structures and specific nominees of the BRE, whose task would be to aid the BRE in managing the negotiation with the Government of Zambia.

Leading up to the 2016 general elections, a BRE delegation met President Lungu at State House at which meeting Lungu announced that he was ready to dialogue over the Barotseland Agreement impasse.

President Lungu had also officially indicated in the meeting that the dialogue would commence once the BRE was ready after the 2016 elections, stating further that if the two parties did not agree, then they would agree to disagree and part company.

Below is the Ngambela’s statement:

Barotse Royal Establishment

16th April 2018

PRESS RELEASE

DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE BAROTSE ROYAL ESTABLISHMENT AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA OVER THE BAROTSELAND AGREEMENT 1964

I wish to inform the people of Barotseland in particular and the Zambian citizens in general that the Barotse the Royal Establishment (BRE) has concluded its pre- dialogue consultation process in respect of the pending negotiations with the government of the Republic of Zambia over the matter of the Barotseland Agreement 1964.

This pre-dialogue consultation commenced in July 2016 following a meeting between His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia and a delegation of Barotse Royal Establishment which I led wherein it was agreed in principle that negotiations be deferred to the period after the 2016 tripartite elections, upon which the process should be taken to its full course.

During this intervening period the BRE has muted and concretized a process for the formation of a Dialogue Council, to be comprised of representatives of communities, Barotse Political Activists, the institutions of traditional governance structures and specific nominees of the BRE, whose task would be to aid the BRE in managing the negotiation with the Government of Zambia.

It is hereby notified that the composition of the Dialogue Council shall be unveiled after a meeting of District Chiefs and their Kutas, to be convened in the due course.

On behalf of His Majesty Lubosi Imwiko II, Litunga of Barotseland, the Council of Chiefs and all structures of the Barotse Royal Establishment I wish to convey sincere gratitude to the people of Barotseland for their patience exercised during the trying period leading to the current position.

The same gratitude is extended to His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia and his administration for providing a conducive environment that has enabled the BRE to work through the process of pre-dialogue consultation and the President’s undertaking to engage into direct negotiations when the Barotse Royal Establishment is ready.

I wish to conclude by stating once again that the Barotse Royal Establishment is now ready for negations.

I thank you.
Nyambe Mwenda
Ngambela of Barotseland.

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