Barotseland political activists have demanded that the Zambian state unconditionally releases all Barotse political prisoners held in various Zambian jails, including Afumba Mombotwa before they can talk of any dialogue.
In a Joint Communiqué, the political activists have also laid down five (5) other demands as pre-conditions for any present and future dialogue with the Zambian government, failure to which they will not participate in any dialogue process with the Zambian state.
Here below is the Joint Communiqué in full.
The people of Barotseland will be shocked to discover that the so-called BRE/GRZ dialogue on Barotseland Agreement 1964 (BA’64) will, in fact, be used to completely wipe out both the 1964 agreement, which gives the region semi-autonomy and the 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) resolutions for Barotseland independence.
“The strength of Barotseland is in its nationals, which is why it will last for as long as its people. The Litunga and his people are one, and there is no Litunga without the people! The Litunga is King of Barotseland and not King of Zambia! LUBOSI IMWIKO II WILL NOT BE KING IF HE IS SEPARATED FROM THE BAROTSE, AND THIS SEEMS TO BE LUNGU’S ENDGAME!”
17th April 2018
Office of the Administrator General,
Royal Barotseland Government.
We wish to urge all the citizens of Barotseland and supporters of the Royal Barotseland Government in transition, that on-going mobilization for Barotseland self-government will continue as the Supreme Barotse National Council of March 2012 mandated.
The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has announced that it is now ready to meet the Zambian government and engage in dialogue over the defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964 which was unilaterally abrogated by the Zambian government through successive constitutional amendments from 1965 - 1970.
A strange gang calling itself ‘Dark City Boys’ has openly terrorized Mongu residents in the past few days as Zambia police claim they lack sufficient manpower to arrest them.
The gang today raided local schools, among them Mulambwa, Mandanga, Kanyonyo, Imwiko, Tungi and Mongu Basic, snatching phones, money, laptops and other valuables as they beat up and injured both learners and teachers forcing the respective school authorities to close the schools prematurely. Other institutions reportedly attacked were Lyambai Teachers Training College, Zambia Open University, Barotseland University, Lewanika School of Nursing, Mongu Trades Training Institute and local administrative and business premises.
Barotseland’s premier water pageantry and migration celebration for the year 2018 has been officially set to take place on Saturday, 21st April.
Ku-Omboka is the centuries old annual movement and evacuation of the King of Barotseland and his people from the rising waters of the Barotse floodplain to higher ground where they shall be until the floods recede later in the year when a return movement, Ku-fuluhela, is undertaken.
Seeking independence is always considered illegal in countries with no clear legal or constitutional guidelines for dependent territories to follow should they decide to pursue self-determination outside of the ‘parent’ state. However, in certain countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada and some other unitary or confederated states, a demand for independence may actually be regarded as a constitutional ‘right’ for such nations rather than an act of illegality.