Emphasizing the need for all Barotzish to stand and speak for their nation, Hon. Likando said Barotseland has been very good to all her people who must now be good to her for her survival as a free self-determined homeland.
“Barotseland needs us now more than ever before. We must stand firm for our nation as it has stood firm for us from time immemorial,” spoke the highly spirited Likando Kalaluka, now imprisoned at Zambia’s Mansa State prison where he serves a ten year prison sentence for the ‘crime’ of usurping the powers of the executive considered a treason felony under Zambian laws.
Afumba Mombotwa (59), Pelekelo Likando (63) and Sylvester Kalima Inambao (56) are currently serving 10 year jail sentences each in remote northern regions of Zambia, far from family and friends, over the pre-independence Barotseland Agreement 1964.
The three were arrested on December 5th, 2014 for peacefully advocating for Barotseland’s self-determination, an internationally recognized human right for indigenous peoples like the Barotse under many international statutes.
They now endure prison life like common criminals when their alleged crimes are of a political nature.
Mr. Likando further urged all Barotse to be focused on actualizing Barotseland independence rather than wasting time on Zambia’s internal affairs, stating “Se sisa feli sa tolela,” loosely translated as ‘change is the only constant in life.'