News Editor, Barotseland Post
The Zambian President’s remarks on arrival in Mongu on Monday have not gone well with many Barotseland independence advocates who are now warning Mr Lungu to desist from deliberately provoking the peaceful people of Barotseland through such remarks they consider reckless and insensitive.
President Edgar Lungu, who was in the region on Monday and Tuesday for electioneering and party mobilization, veiled as an official working visit, declared on arrival that he had come to the territory to show and prove that the region, whether called Western Province or Barotseland, would forever be a part of Zambia, in apparent challenge to all those advocating either the change of name for the region to Barotseland or the total independence of the territory.
The political prisoner, imprisoned by the Zambian State for his political views on Barotseland, Afumba Mombotwa, has commended all Barotseland independence advocates for their firm decision to boycott the Barotse Dialogue Council set up by the Government of Zambia, in conjunction with their operatives in the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE), which he said was only aimed at reversing the unanimous Barotseland independence declaration of the 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC).
And Mr Mombotwa has warned that the Zambian government merely wants to create a false impression that the people of Barotseland no longer want independence by creating a deceitful platform which will rubber-stamp a predetermined outcome that will contradict the 2012 Barotse National Council resolutions which unanimously decided for the total independence of Barotseland from Zambia.
He has warned that those who think attending the bogus Barotse Dialogue Council would provide them with the opportunity to speak in favour of Barotseland independence are mistaken because the so-called Barotse Dialogue Council has already concluded its agenda for the restoration of the defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964 instead of promoting the 2012 Barotse National Council resolutions for Barotseland independence.
Hon. Clement Wainyae Sinyinda, who presided over the historic 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) in his capacity as Ngambela, Barotseland’s Prime Minister, which unanimously resolved that Barotseland must pursue political independence from Zambia, is shocked that the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) now wishes to betray the landmark resolutions in unclear circumstances.
The former Ngambela wondered why the BRE would want to hoodwink the people of Barotseland into endorsing a fake dialogue process that would perpetuate the subjugation of the Barotse Kingdom by the Republic of Zambia under the illusion of the restoration of the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964 which the Zambian State failed to honour for over five (5) decades.
Mr Sinyinda expressed his shock earlier today shortly after meeting with the current Ngambela, Mukela Manyando, and several other Limulunga BRE Induna (ministers), among them Induna Mukulwakashiko (Mr Mowa Zambwe) Induna Imandi (Mr Namushi Nyambe) and Induna Kuso (Mr Muyangwa Mungwaluku) at the Limulunga Kuta, alongside their counterpart Induna from Iñete’s Mongu Kuta.
And proceedings at the Limulunga Kuta were highly charged today as the former Ngambela, leading a delegation of some Barotseland elders and BNFA executive members, tried to persuade the Limulunga BRE not to betray the people of Barotseland's quest for self-determination as unanimously resolved at the historic 2012 Barotse National Council, a source close to the Kuta proceedings has revealed.
The Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) have rejected the Barotse Dialogue Council (BDC) proposed to dialogue with the Government of the Republic of Zambia on the possible restoration of the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964 which the Zambian state unilaterally abrogated in 1969.
The BNFA, like their Linyungandambo counterparts, have argued that the proposed dialogue council has no mandate from the Barotse National Council (BNC) of 2012 which unanimously resolved that Barotseland should revert to her pre-treaty sovereign status because all repeated appeals to have the abrogated 1964 agreement implemented by successive Zambian governments had proved futile for nearly five decades.
Restoring the defunct agreement, they said, would be a disregard of what was unanimously resolved through the 2012 BNC which overwhelmingly voted for the Kingdom of Barotseland’s sovereign independence from the Republic of Zambia.
A BNFA press statement on the proposed Barotse Dialogue Council categorically stated that they cannot and will not take part in the Barotseland Agreement 1964 negotiations proposed by the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) because there is nothing to negotiate about the 1964 Agreement as insinuated by the BRE press statement of April 16th, 2018.
According to the BNFA, the negotiations were done and concluded before the co-signing of the pre-independence Agreement in 1964 and what should have followed was implementation, but the Zambian regime defaulted and legislated against its obligations.
Barotseland’s main independence movement, the Linyungandambo and the Barotseland National Youth League (BNYL) have refused to be a part of the so-called Barotse Dialogue Council (BDC) which will soon be constituted to dialogue with the Zambian government over the possible restoration of defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964.
And some unconfirmed reports have indicated that both the Mwandi/Sesheke and Kaoma/Naliele Kuta have also resolved not to take part in the illegitimately proposed Dialogue Council because it does not derive its mandate from the people of Barotseland.
In their letter delivered to the Ngambela (Prime Minister of Barotseland) this morning, the Linyungandambo have questioned who had mandated the Saa-Sikalo (Limulunga) Kuta to pursue the restoration of the defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964 when the people’s PIZO, the Barotse National Council (BNC), of 2012 had specifically declared the independence of Barotseland and not the perpetuation of Barotseland’s subjugation within Zambia.
“After carefully analysing the invitation, Linyungandambo wishes to make the following observations regarding the proposed Barotse Dialogue Council.
“Firstly, the Barotse Dialogue Council reneges from the spirit of the March 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) resolutions.
“The BNC 2012 resolutions do not give an option for the restoration of the defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964, but instead, they call for the total independence of Barotseland.
“BNC Resolution 6 specifically states: ‘The people of Barotseland shall exercise their right to revert Barotseland to her original status as a sovereign nation so that the people of Barotseland shall determine their political, cultural, social and economic development.’ ” read part of the Linyungandambo’s letter to the Ngambela, Mukela Manyando.
Leaked information indicates that the Privy Council is currently deadlocked on Namuso, particularly the Kutas representing the Ngambela and Iñete of Mongu, mooting the restoration of the defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964 with the other Kutas opposing the proposal, insisting on honouring and implementing the 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) unanimous resolutions that called for the total independence of Barotseland.
A source close to the events has revealed that the Ngambela’s Kuta and that of Iñete have proposed that a select committee of 125 be drawn from the Lilalo Kuta to convene and edit the 2012 BNC people resolutions so that the resolutions can line-up with the Zambian government proposed dialogue for the restoration of the defunct 1964 agreement rather than the total independence of Barotseland.
The other Kuta, however, have sharply objected to the ‘restoration’ proposal, demanding an explanation on why the people’s unanimous calls for independence can not be honoured.