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.
The Barotse Floodplain is regenerated with rich alluvial soils every flood season. The Plateau Part of Barotseland is covered in a unique type of the Kalahari Sands Family. The list of crops that thrive in this unique type of desert homeland is basically - endless!
Mushabati - mubu waluna omunde! by Namakau Nalumango
O that we would only see the blessings of our unique desert homeland and stop grumbling about little things!
Let us go ahead and love our country and encourage community organisation - everyone - just where they are. 50 years after independence - see where Lusaka is at. Then visit the common man in Nakato, Ng'uma, Silele Village, Lukulo School, and many other typical rural areas...
After a week of unlawful detention, Munyinda Munukayumbwa, arrested for criticizing president Lungu of Zambia and Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II on facebook but now implicated in a case of arson, was finally issued a 'warn and caution statement'.
Although police sources insist the young Barotse did not do anything wrong per say, they claim their hands were tied in this case as efforts to get him granted bond would prove on Friday, as reported by scores of Barotse youths that went to see him and ensure that he get his entitlement in accordance to rules of justice.
Munyinda Munukayumbwa, who was arrested on Friday last week for a yet to be known crime, has neither been formally charged nor accorded a bail hearing over a week after his arrest.
It, is however, alleged that he is the one who set ablaze the Suulu Local Court in Limulunga, an allegation he categorically denies.
It has also been established that Mwanamuke Isimwa, a social media ‘friend’ of his and a known Zambia ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party functionary, is the one who allegedly reported him to the authorities resulting in his arrest for his recent persistent social media criticism of Zambian president Lungu and Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II of Barotseland.
ZAMBIA has failed to clinch a US $1.6 billion interest-free loan deal with the International Monetary Fund following failure to agree on salient features to strengthen the country’s economic recovery plan.
According to sources close to the transaction, the Zambian economic team led by finance minister Felix Mutati failed to convince the IMF about the country’s seriousness to improve efficiency of the public service through efficient and transparent systems of service delivery and financial accountability.
# Light Your Candle – and start the prayer with the sign of the Cross.
NOVENA FOR THOSE IN PRISON
# The Bible teaches us that Jesus expects His church to care for those who locked up in prison. He said, “I was in prison and you came to me” (Matt 25:36), and this is how He sees it; “as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40).