As Zambia and the rest of Africa commemorate Africa Freedom Day, Dr. Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika has demanded the immediate unconditional release of all political prisoners incarcerated over the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.The Prince of Barotseland has wondered why Zambia should have political prisoners 53 years after its independence, adding that his demand was not only for the release of Afumba Mombotwa and his Lozi colleagues but also all political prisoners in Zambia.
Part 01 - THE RETURN OF AFRICA'S OLDEST WATER FESTIVAL: CNN report on Barotseland’s 2017 Kuomboka.
The Zambezi River is the heart of one of Zambia's most iconic cultural traditions of the Barotse people of Barotseland. SOURCE: CNN
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The new book titled KING LEWANIKA I OF BAROTSELAND: A LEGACY OF INDIGENOUS AFRICAN NATIONALISTS by Dr. Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika is finally being launched this Friday, 26th May, 2017.
The Launch event, perfectly timed to take place immediately after the African Freedom Day Commemorations, will be hosted by the History Department together with the Historical and Archeological Society of the University of Zambia(UNZA), Great East Road Campus, LUSAKA, on Friday May 26, 2017 at 10:00 Hours.
Accordingly, scholars, students, public servants, political leaders, traditional rulers and other concerned persons ARE herewith INVITED to hear the writer read passages from the books and respond to questions, comments and suggestions AS WELL AS BOOK REVIEWS BY Prof. Bizeck J Phiri and Dr Sishuwa Sushuwa.
A veteran and renowned Zambian constitutional lawyer has insisted that the Lozis of Zambia have an undeniable right to choose to separate from Zambia if they wished or if certain conditions existed, and therefore, calling them secessionists whenever they peacefully agitated for self-determination was not only illegal and unconstitutional but also a gross violation of their human rights.
Dr. Ludwig Sondashi (Bachelor of Laws LLB, Masters of Law LLM and PhD in Philosophy in Law acquired at Warwick University, England) who has dedicated chapter 8 of his latest autobiography titled ‘TRUTH is not an easy road’ on the subject of the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964, has further lamented that successive Zambian regimes and many Zambians just did not want to care about how Barotseland became part of Zambia, stating that it was time Zambians faced the hard truth that Lozis were not like the rest of Zambians because they had unique rights of self-determination guaranteed under international law.
SUBMISSIONS OF LAW AS TO THE LEGAL POSITION OF BAROTSELAND AGREEMENT IN THE LIGHT OF BREACHES, ABROGATION AND REPUDIATION THEREOF
1. IN INTERNATIONAL LAW
There is one matter of absolute legal clarity about the Barotseland Agreement. Given the parties, the subject matter, the circumstances in which it was made, the intention, and the detailed content, its designation in law is that of an INTERNATIONAL TREATY.
As a treaty, it was required by the dictates of international comity and custom and of international law that the parties duly perform their duties under it. They could not just, as the Zambian Government purported to do, act as if the Agreement simply did not exist. The international element and requirements take it beyond the scope of purely domestic or municipal law.
BREACHES, ABROGATION AND REPUDIATION OF THE AGREEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF ZAMBIA FOLLOWING INDEPENDENCE
Sadly, it quickly became clear that the Government of Zambia had no intention of honouring its promises either to Barotseland or to the British.
From the very outset, the Government of Zambia embarked on a systematic path to defeat the agreement.
Despite a Cabinet resolution to do so, the Agreement was never ratified or reaffirmed by the Government of Zambia, whether at Independence as Dr Kaunda had promised the other parties in London it would be, or at all.
THE BAROTSELAND AGREEMENT 1964
The agreement was concluded and duly signed on 18th May 1964 at the Commonwealth Relations office in London between the British Government, the Government of Northern Rhodesia and The Litunga of Barotseland regarding the position of Barotseland within independent Northern Rhodesia.
It is the Royal Barotseland Government’s position that the undisputed legal basis for the creation of modern Zambia, formed by Barotseland and the rest of Northern Rhodesia, was the same Barotseland Agreement of 18th May, 1964, which was signed by Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda, the Prime Minister of Northern Rhodesia, on behalf of the Government of Northern Rhodesia, by Sir Mwanawina Lewanika III, the Litunga of Barotseland, on behalf of himself, his Council and the Chiefs and People of Barotseland, and by the Rt. Hon. Duncan Sandys, the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations and for the Colonies, on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom.
The young Barotse activist, Munyinda Munukayumbwa (23), arrested and implicated in the recent burning of a local court in Limulunga, appeared before Magistrate Malata yesterday for mention after 12 days of unlawful detention. He was, however, officially charged with seditious practices instead of arson, the crime he was initially arrested for.
Munyinda was allegedly reported to the police by a self confessed ruling Patriotic Front supporter, Mwanamuke Isimwa, to have been behind the burning of the Suulu court in Limulunga a fortnight ago.