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.
Zambian government propaganda machinery is reportedly brewing to parade known disgraced elderly men purporting to be senior and founder members of Barotseland’s leading independence movement, Linyungandambo, on national television prime time, renouncing ‘separatist’ activities of the movement in favor of continued harmonious co-existence with the rest of Zambia.
It is recommended that the following article be read as a continuation of 'Answer questions on Barotseland logically to stop Barotse from agitating for self-determination – Zambians Challenged, Part 01' found here: http://barotselandpost.com/top-stories/answer-questions-on-barotseland-logically-to-stop-barotse-from-agitating-for-self-determination-zambians-challenged-part-01
TERMINATING BAROTSELAND AGREEMENT 1964 BY ACTS OF PARLIAMENT
Since the Barotseland Agreement 1964 was terminated by the Constitution (Amendment) (No. 5), 1969, no Barotse can question the validity of the Acts of Parliament of Zambia. However, if parliament amends, revokes or terminates a provision of law, who is qualified to question the authority and powers of parliament? Surely, if parliament terminates legal documents, it must be final!
Barotse are generally reasonable, peaceful and civilized people. Therefore, to stop them from pursuing their independence from Zambia, all one needs to do is answer their many questions on Barotseland logically. Sadly, however, what the Zambian government and Zambians have often done, thus far, is to arrest and ostracize them for asking pertinent questions about Barotseland, making them believe that no sane person, politician, legal mind or otherwise can argue that their claim for self-determination is illegitimate.
As rightly observed by the Ngambela last week, the cholera epidemic currently ravaging Zambia has now crossed Barotseland’s borders with three cases recorded in Kaoma and Senanga respectively in the past one week.
The victims in all case recorded so far are reported to be Zambian traders coming from the plagued nation’s capital, Lusaka, on their routine trading activities in Barotseland.
As the new year dawns, we wish to commend the many people who have held their ground in our push for a completely self-determined Barotseland amidst much pain and retribution from an increasingly repressive Zambian regime that seeks to obliterate our kingdom through a forced union that neither recognizes nor offers any real benefit to the Barotse.
Zambia is currently grappling with the worst cholera epidemic in recent years, if not ever, that has spread across the country beyond the usually susceptible unplanned slums of the large metropolitan capital, Lusaka, with the military deployed to combat the diarrheal disease which has already claimed several hundreds of its victims out of the more than two thousand cases recorded so far in Lusaka since October, 2017.