There is a great pressure to try to launder the demised Zambian leader, Michael Sata’s name mainly because of the culture of most Zambian people. Like one Zambian singer, B1, bluntly put it a year ago in his song, “He was a good man.” However, truth be told Sata was just as brutal to Barotseland as his predecessors before him, if not more.
I am immediately drawn to the command Sata issued publicly to his military, and as commander in chief of his armed forces, in the presence of SADC heads of security forces when he said, “…go to Lukulu(Barotseland), and when you hear them (Lozis) say ‘eni sha’ just fire…when you hear them say ‘faa, faa’, just fire (at them)” as he expressly set a tone on how he wanted his army to deal with the people of Barotseland demanding their rights to self-determination. This was probably the lowest he had sunk to in as far as his hatred for Barotseland was concerned.
International law did not begin with the United Nations, but the Organization has played an important role in consolidating and vastly expanding it. International law consists of a body of treaties, customary laws, judicial decisions and other relevant sources that play a central role in promoting economic and social development, as well as international peace and security among the nations of the world. It quickly becomes obvious that conflicts that have dominated the agenda of United Nations are those of political freedom in nature.
This pauses a challenge for UN to position the challenges of conflict resolutions. Barotseland issue, though, not relatively small in scale compared to many others, have consistently failed to attract attention, and has had less coverage from both international and Zambian media houses. Issues concerning Barotseland's right to freedom can be found more on the online publications than the traditional mainstream media outlets, but even then it is not as easy to find the information as the Zambian government keep on blocking internet websites viewed as publishing such information.
The unfolding circumstance s in Zambia should be watched keenly, not that Barotseland is in any way interested in participating in the resultant elections or in who will lead Zambia following President Sata’s death but because we are dealing with people who are bent on keeping us within Zambia at all cost.
Despite having resolved to accept Zambia’s abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964, Zambians have continued to act as if all was normal by imposing their administration and even conducting useless by-elections in Barotseland in the recent past.
With Zambia about to hold presidential elections within three months, a clear message must be communicated not only to the Zambian government but to all competing Zambian political parties that we do not need them to campaign in Barotseland as that is tantamount to campaigning in a foreign country.
One of the important manifestations of effective and good leadership is consistency of word and action. Assuming that the article which appeared on the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) website was an accurate account of what transpired during the visit to Siikalo Kuta by the Zambian Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Hon. Nkandu Luo, then it means we can now boldly declare that Barotseland’s long-awaited freedom has finally arrived. In the meantime, we just have to work towards our Independence Day.
It was fulfilling and pleasing to note the reported words said to the Minister by Indunas Inete and Mutwaleti, as well as Mr. Go-Brown Kayuwa Kashumba, regarding the point we have now reached on the road towards the realization of Barotseland’s liberation. What the three honourable and distinguished Sons of the Soil said to the Minister brought a tear of hope, happiness, joy, satisfaction and fulfillment to my heart. As I read the article by Muyunda Makala and Mwananyandi Mukunyandela I momentarily became lost for words and, in exasperation, all I could hear my disobedient mouth blurt out were the words: “Barotseland’s freedom has finally arrived.” Going forward, all that Siikalo Kuta needs to do is to religiously reiterate the same position to whoever visits Namuso. Frankly, this was the moment we have all been waiting for; the moment when Namuso echoes and champions the aspirations and wishes of the people of Barotseland.
I have a dream,a free Barotseland shall soon be realized,it is a dream rooted in the Barotse dream.
I have a dream,one day our nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; "we will hold these truths to be self evident because human beings are created equal."
One day our captors who are sent to rule over us will be no more in Barotseland,one day we will not be promoted to junior positions,only when we insult our parents and dishonour them! And then lose the posts after a job well done. One day we will not be threatened with arrests and threatened with treasonable charges for expressing our political views.
Please publish this as my warning to UPND youths as well as a reminder to every Murotse. Thanks you.
"I am sorry but the UPND Youths are proving a to be bunch of useless buffoons that have for more than four terms failed to make government in their country, Zambia. Why do you want to hoodwink the public into believing that Barotseland is part of your country and go to the extent of buying poor taxi drivers and claim a 'thunderous welcome' shame on you.
Greetings to you all.
Thanks a lot for your article on the subject referred above. Please find herein my submission regarding the topic.
First and foremost I still find this insolence of Zambia indeed and quite nerve-wracking. As things stand now it is useless for Zambia to talk about the matter on our behalf because of the following observations:
Contained herein are my personal views and not representative of any group. Please forward my views to BRE concerning the subject which I feel should be debated with a heart of Barotseland people at grassroots.
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