Barotseland could Separate from Zambia and it wouldn’t be secession – Zambian constitutional lawyer tells popular radio phoenix audience

09 December 2014
Author 

A Zambian constitutional lawyer and 2015 presidential aspirant under the Forum for Democratic Alternatives (FDA), Dr. Ludwig Sondashi today stunned his Zambian popular phoenix radio audience when he, in his capacity as a constitutional lawyer, sort to set the record straight over the controversial subject of the Barotseland Agreement 1964. In his submission Dr. Sondashi advised that the matter of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 was straight forward, stating that Barotseland should not be treated the same way as the provinces of Zambia such as Northern, North-western, Eastern and all other provinces as Barotseland, having been a former protectorate of Britain separate from Northern Rhodesia, agreed to join the latter to form the republic of Zambia by the specific terms of the Barotseland Agreement 1964.

“Barotseland was a separate country from Northern Rhodesia, and the same way Barotseland entered into Zambia through that agreement, she could also leave Zambia by the same Agreement, and it wouldn’t be termed as secession.” Stressed Dr. Ludwig Sondashi much to the amazement of the radio moderator.

“Secession could only be applicable to the provinces of Zambia on the ‘Northern Rhodesia’ side and not on Barotseland.” Dr. Sondashi submitted as he briefly explained both the historical and legal context of the Barotseland Agreement 1964.

Dr. Sondashi further said that although he would not encourage Barotseland to separate from the rest of Zambia, he said that he was merely stating facts and truth as they were, without dwelling on emotionalism. He said his proposed solution was to have the agreement restored and implemented in its original context of a unitary state, as that is what the agreement sort to accomplish, and that as republican president he would seek to further federalize the whole country. However, should the people of Barotseland desire separation from Zambia at any point in time, the same agreement would facilitate their separation and that as president he would not stop Barotseland from separating, if that is what they really wanted, as it would be within Barotseland’s right.

He further castigated the Kenneth Kaunda regime for unilaterally abrogating the Barotseland Agreement 1964, which he referred to as an international treaty, without consultation. He said it was an act of ‘cheating’ for the Zambian government to abrogate the agreement through an act of parliament.

Dr. Sondashi who authoritatively deliberated on this subject more as a respected and qualified constitutional lawyer did not have any caller question his discourse on the subject, as he deliberated on it to the point without mincing any words.

Barotsepost monitored the popular radio show dubbed “Let the people talk” featuring Dr. Ludwig Sondashi for Tuesday 9th December 2014.

Leave a comment

You are free to comment here below in accordance to our Comments Policy here http://barotselandpost.com/comments-policy

Once you have posted your comment, rest assured that it will be published, even if you don’t see it immediately, as the Comments Cache system needs to refresh and reload before your comment could become visible.

Thank you for your continued interest in our stories!

Comment Item

  • Your name... Your name... Tuesday, 09 December 2014

    I have spent more than 2 hours reading the various articles on the barotse issue and all I can say is, the entire thing is pure lunacy by greedy selfish people . Much of what is being said is based on lies. To suggest that chiefs in copperbellt, Southern and Central provinces were answerable to the Litunga is a criminal lie and boarders on stupidity. The Lala's, Swakas and other tribes in Central province never even head of Litunga. These people by language are closer to the Bemba"s in the North and Luapula. YOU ARE TRYING TO SET UP A KINGDOM BASED ON FALSEHOOD, AND IT IS DANGEROUS. DON'T YOU HAVE ANY SHAME111111111

    Report
The Barotseland Post, also known as The Barotsepost, is an online media platform, for now, that is dedicated to reporting stories and news around Barotseland and beyond, giving exclusive coverage and access to the people and the nation of Barotseland to fully express themselves in their aspirations for self- determination.