Barotseland's independence struggle is for life and dignity. It is a struggle that encompasses our political, social and economic aspirations. Independence attainment does not roll on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous persistence. Every step toward the goal of political liberty requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals such as Nayoto Mwenda, Sikwibele Wasilota and Boris Muziba is recommended. Our goal is to secure our country and govern it according to the aspirations of our people. Once all struggles are grasped, miracles are possible. Any development, whatever not in place now will be implemented.
Those who want political liberation, let them "fight", and those who do not want to "fight" in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to have been born at all. This is the hardest struggle of all, and is something different from the struggle against imperialists in the 1960s. In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life.
The liberation groups and the BRE are Indeed capable of meeting the national aspirations of Barotse citizens and of translating them into the tangible reality of independence and liberty, and the people perceives them as the most trusted agent for the management of their destinies not in the hands of Zambian authorities (foreigners) that have caused more damage to the territorial integrity of Barotseland. We have only one task, that is, to liberate Barotseland from Zambia. Therefore, we have to stand firm as we forge ahead with unquenchable momentum for our mother country Barotseland without fear as our struggle is legitimate.
The ones that dedicate themselves in the independence struggle for Barotseland during this time will have better experiences after. For me, half the joy of achieving has been my involvement in independence struggle for the future status of Barotseland and my restraining from being involved in Zambian dirty politics and all that goes along with it. However, I must also state that our independence will not be given to us by anyone. Remember that it is the oppressed that declares independence. The rest of the world including the ‘master’ (Zambia) is only invited to acknowledge or recognize that independence. Even if they did not, the onus is still on us the people of Barotseland who declared independence to grow it by asserting ourselves to a level where the rest of the world would have no choice but to acknowledge and start dealing directly with our government.
May God bless the nation of Barotseland.
Tukongote Litunga Ni lyetu, Bulozi ki Naha.
By Saleya Kwalombota