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8th May 2015

PRESS STATEMENT

ON THE MATTER OF CITIZENS' PETITION FOR REMOVAL OF COMPROMISED INDUNAS

The Executive Committee of the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) wishes to pronounce itself on the matter of the Petition delivered to Namuso wherein the petitioners are demanding dissolution of the Sikalo Kuta following revelations of treacherous conduct by some senior indunas. The revelations are contained in a letter by the Provincial Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Officer, Mr. Nachimwenda, addressed to the Permanent Secretary. The BNFA is appalled by the developments that have ensued since delivery of the Petition wherein some indunas have engaged in a public exchange of unpalatable language with one of the petitioners, Mwanamucembele Mulele, in the public media. To this end the BNFA wishes to publicize its position on this matter as follows:-

1. ACCOUNTABILITY OF INDUNAS TO THE PEOPLE.

While it is acknowledged that Indunas are installed into office by the Litunga, it is also an undisputable fact that they are appointed to serve the people of Barotseland. Accordingly, it follows that their continued stay into office is dependant on their ability to execute their duties to the peoples' expectations and satisfaction. Where the people are dissatisfied with the performance of a public officer they do not only have the right to demand removal of that person but can proceed to withdrawal their recognition of the said person as holder of the particular office. Under such circumstances, it is incumbent upon the affected person to respond to the popular demand by either defending themselves against the charges and prove their innocence or step aside to allow competent authorities to determine their fate. The BNFA finds it undignified for an induna to engage into bitter exchange of words in the media with an ordinary member of society.

2. PUTTING THE LITUNGASHIP INTO ODIUM AND DISREPUTE.

The BNFA finds it unfitting for an Induna facing public disapproval to seek refuge behind the position of the Litunga as this amounts to inciting those who are against the said induna to direct their wrath against the Litunga. The people of Barotseland refer to the Litunga as ‘Ngocana', signifying the protection that he enjoys from the ravages of public life. Indunas, as appointed servants of the Litunga, are responsible for their actions as perceived by the people and directly answerable for the effects of their actions. Therefore, it is irresponsible for the indunas to run away from accounting for their omissions or commissions in respect of the accusations arising from Mr. Nachimwenda's letter in which the people of Barotseland in general, and the Litunga in particular, are ridiculed. The contents of Mr. Nachimwenda's letter remain unchallenged or addressed by the Kuta, and this is the issue of contention which should not be trivialized by reducing it to a public quarrel between indunas and the people who have risen to call them to account.

In view of the foregoing, the BNFA position is that the Indunas have the primary responsibility to protect the Litungaship from public ridicule by not drawing this revered office into this debate.

3. CHALLENGES FACING BAROTSELAND.

The challenge facing Barotseland currently, which should be the mainstay of every leader of the Barotse people at any level, is the implementation the Resolutions of the Barotse National Council of 27th March 2012.

The Kuta's current problems emanate from its failure to chart an effective and transparent program in actualizing the peoples' aspirations as defined in the ‘ BNC Resolutions 2012'. The BNFA has, since inception, designed programs aimed at aiding the Kuta to implement the said resolutions but has, in some cases, faced constraints in implementing them due to dragging of feet by the Kuta. Key of these issues are:

i. Petition to the African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR): Under this initiative the office of the Ngambela has sued the Government of Zambia and seeks a declaration by ACHPR that the said government has no authority to administer Barotseland in the light of termination of the Barotseland Agreement 1964. While the matter is poised to advance, the current status of the Kuta does not inspire confidence towards fruitful execution of the petition.

ii. Establishment of the Barotseland Transition Authority (BTA): In view of lack of progress in implementing resolution 8 of the 27th March 2012 BNC, calling for the election of the Katengo Legislative Council, the BNFA made proposals to the Kuta for formation of the BTA as implementation body of that resolution, and the proposal was submitted in September 2014. While the proposal has not been rejected by the Kuta the effective step for its implementation, being a joint meeting of all district kutas and the political organizations in Barotseland, has not been convened.

The Kuta's inertia in implementing the peoples' resolutions shall continue to be a source of dissatisfaction and friction with the people. More importantly, perceptions of being comprised by the Government of Zambia will be rife where popular demands receive little or no attention. To this effect, a reorganization of the Kuta is imperative.

Signed:

Mutungulu Wanga
Deputy Chairman-General
Strategy and Diaspora Liaison

Barotseland existed as a Nation prior to the advent of whites and it will continue to exist as a Nation as long as mankind has breath.

No amount of falsehood, imagination or hatred can exterminate the Nation of Barotseland and across the face of the globe.

Judges may pervert justice, politicians may manufacture lies and slogans; and policemen can be wicked, brutal and conspire to hunt down, persecute, incarcerate and kill people; but these shall never suppress the truth.

There is no time in history when the Barotzish convened a meeting to surrender their territory or cede it to any.

No time when the Barotse King and people surrendered their Sovereignty to any state!!

No time when the Barotzish declared that their country will cease to be called Barotseland. Just as the Israelites who lived in Egypt for 430 years could not become Egyptian, so can't the Barotse Nationals who lived side by side with Zambians cease to be Barotzish.

Those with no respect for human dignity are the ones who trivialize the 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) resolutions. Nonetheless, No matter how much one argues, there is no Barotseland in Zambia; just as there is no Zambia in Barotseland. The only thing the two had in common was an ‘agreement’ which is now void.

The agreement between a man and a woman to enter into matrimonial life does not change the nature of man, to be a woman and woman to be a man. Should one be dishonest, unfaithful, insincere, and no understanding between the two, the marriage breaks.

As it was the case with Bangladesh and Pakistan so it is with Barotseland and Zambia:

There is no union between the two. Only yokels see things otherwise.

Mr. Kaunda declared "we cannot have a Nation within a Nation," in his press conference in 1966, in reference to Barotseland.

Any reasonable person will realize that Mr. Kaunda acknowledged Barotseland as a Nation, except that he did not want it, he hated it.

Certainly, Prime Minister Kaunda, deluded, deceived and circumvented the Barotse King (Mwanawina) into singing the treaty, with intent to obliterate Barotseland.
Surely; can a Nation cease to exist by simply by decree?? If Zambia was a Christian Country by proclamation as claimed she should have known what is written in the Bible viz "The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy" Proverbs 12:22

Unfortunately the Zambian society praises and adores liars, and can never accept truth. As for us we cannot but speak the truth to shame the devil: even if it costs our lives.

Barotseland is a Nation where Zambia is a cosmopolitan state!!

N.B It is impossible to make history come to a standstill as long as people and the world continue to exist. The future of our Nation (Barotseland) is in our hands.

Afumba Mombotwa
Administrator General
Government of Barotseland

Mwembeshi State Prison

Zambia professes Christianity by the preamble of her constitution. Christian standards are such that:-

(I) Nobody must deceive; but Mr. Kenneth Kaunda deceived the Litunga Mwanawina III and the entire people of Barotseland that he would hounor the Barotseland Agreement 1964.

(II) None must tell lies, but Mr. Michael Sata lied at Blue Gum Mongu in 2011 when he publicly told the Barotse people that he would restore the Barotseland Agreement 1964 (which Kenneth Kaunda unilaterally abrogated in 1969) within 90 days of his presidency.

(III)  Do not kill, but Zambia police killed the Barotzish in 2011 when they desired to gather, peacefully, to determine their own country's future.

Do not accuse anyone for no reason when they have done you no harm cf Proverbs 3:30

Because the Barotzish detest lies, according to Zambia, they deserve to be persecuted and this is a Zambia National Agenda. However, there is no law in the whole world that allows people to cheat, lie or deceive; it is the wicked spirit in them that makes people lie.

Further Reference can be made to the Bible as follows:

Leviticus 19:12 "Do not deceive one another"

Leviticus 19:15 “Do not pervert justice"

Proverbs 12:22 "The Lord hates lying lips but delights in people who are trustworthy"

Deuteronomy 27:17 "Cursed is anyone who moves their neighbour's boundary stone"

Deuteronomy 27:19 "Cursed is anyone who withholds justice"

Deuteronomy 27:24 "Cursed is anyone who accepts a bribe to kill the innocent person"

N.B. Mr. Edgar Lungu, the current President said while in Ethiopia; "the matter of Barotseland must be permanently solved."

Doubtless Zambia is under a curse; really the Lord can forgive; nonetheless, the precondition for forgiveness is repentance. What is indisputable is that Zambia has never repented for her sins; she still continues to incarcerate and torture Barotse people.

From the foregoing, it is quite evident that Zambia will remain under a curse until she repents. It only requires spiritual eye to see these facts and act accordingly.

20th April, 2015

UPDATE OF THE NATION

By Dr. Matengu Situmbeko
Acting Administrator General
Royal Barotseland Government

FELLOW COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN

I stand here today with joy looking at the progress we have made as a nation towards achieving our goal of self-rule. We have carefully taken firm steps that will reward the nation eternal happiness that we have missed for a long time, and we have also been strengthened by the consultations that we have made around the world a couple of months ago in a trip that was reported on www.barotsepost.com the official media of the Barotseland Government.

We, as the Barotse people, have had our rights trampled upon by foreigners in the name of One Zambia One Nation slogan, a slogan based on treachery and deceit. We lived with people that did not appreciate our existence as a people, they victimized us economically, politically and socially. Some of the people ran out of the country because of the belief they had in a free and Self-sufficient Barotseland, and they cannot come back home for fear of being killed, just because of being Lozis.

However, I wish to inform the nation on some matters of national interest in this regard:

LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES

The Barotseland Government has engaged the Madandume Attorneys to represent it in the International Court of Justice, and they will provide legal advice where possible. In a nutshell, the Barotseland Government is taking steps to sue Zambia for illegally occupying Barotseland without any agreement in the International Court of justice.

Some people have argued that Barotseland as a nation cannot sue any other nation, because it is not a member of the United Nations. This is a misrepresentation of facts; Barotseland can and it is going ahead to sue Zambia, and Great Britain will be joined in the proceedings; it is just that, there is a procedure that must be followed for non-members of the UN, and there is enough proof of Barotseland being a sovereign State.

Barotseland was recognized as a sovereign kingdom around the 1800s according to history; Dr. Emil Holub from Czech came to Barotseland in 1867 with a passport and it was stamped by the Immigration Officers of Barotseland and many other Whites that visited Barotseland used passports as well; that means it was recognized as a sovereign state. Britain also had several agreements signed with Barotseland just like any other nation now.

So now, when we have declared ourselves independent, we do not need to beg Zambia to recognize our existence. According to international law regarding declaratory theory, it says that a King does not need recognition for his territory from other countries, because he and his country exists.

There is nothing that is going to fail us to take the case to the International Court of Justice, because that is the only credible platform that can solve this issues once and for all. If Zambia claims that Barotseland is part of Zambia then they will advance evidence of their claim.

PAYMENT TOWARDS THE CASE

We have made significant progress regarding the payment to the lawyers, though we have not yet achieved our full target, but it has set a historic achievement in our freedom struggle and history. So far we have raised and paid the lawyers close to K60, 000 which is enough to launch the case. So this is really good news because we were deliberately made so poor, so for us to raise what we have raised so far is a very big achievement and the people of Barotseland need a pat on the back.

However, we still request for all the regions to honor the K3, 000 call from the National Finance Committee so that we pay the lawyers substantial amount of money to cover most of their expenses related to the case.

BAROTSE PLAINS AS A WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Fellow countrymen and women, we have already informed UNESCO about our decision over the Barotseland plains. Our decision is that, let the Barotse people determine their fate and not someone from another country to determine things for us.

We already have Victoria Falls as a World Heritage Site and we do not wish to make others again unless we see the need to do so. If Zambia wants a World Heritage Site, let them propose sites that are in Zambia and not those in Barotseland. What Zambia has destroyed in Barotseland is enough, and now it is time for the Barotse people to run their own affairs.

The Barotse Plains is our property and if it contains valuables; those valuables belong to the Barotse people, and must be harnessed by them and not by any foreigner.

RESTORATION OF THE BAROTSELAND AGREEMENT OF 1964

We have made ourselves very clear that we have already closed the discussion of the restoration of the Barotseland Agreement, and anyone talking in that line, is trying to undermine the sovereignty of Barotseland, and we shall not take kindly anyone advocating for that.

The Barotse National Council of 2012 clearly stated that Barotseland has restored its sovereignty, meaning that Barotseland is not a province of any nation anymore, but it is a sovereign state with its Head of State in place.

We have a Government and Head of State and there is no doubt about that! Whether the Government of Barotseland has offices or not, but for as long as it was established, and Zambia tried to challenge those that were celebrating its inauguration, but dismissed the case on nolle prosequi, not that the state had insufficient evidence against those accused, but Zambia failed to prove that those accused were Zambians.

The Zambian Government also when they assumed administration of Zambia in 1964, they did not have money to fund operations, until in 1972 when they looted the Barotse Native Treasury amounting to 78,500,000 British Sterling Pounds, and up to now, Zambia does not have a State House of its own, what is there is a house of Cecile Rhodes.

So we must not be cheated by anyone that, we cannot have a Government until we have money, NO! The transitional Government of Barotseland is now almost 2 years in place, and it is doing all it can to formalize its existence as soon as possible.

REFERENDUM

It is with great disgrace to learn that Zambia now is pushing for a Referendum in Barotseland. If so then it means that they do not respect our decision as a nation we made at the last BNC of March, 2012. Now if they don’t respect our BNC, then let them respect the Commission of Inquiry by Roger Chongwe which was commissioned by the Zambian President Mr. Michael Sata.

However, we shall not accept that nonsense as long as we live, if we let this nonsense take place, then posterity will hold us accountable for our failure to secure their nation. This is the time, when we must have the pride of being Barotzis belonging to a sovereign state of Royal Barotseland Kingdom.

DEVELOPMENT

The Government of Barotseland in consultation with the Monarchy will bring meaningful development in all areas of our lives. Development becomes meaningful if it is introduced by the owners and not foreigners. Foreigners come as job seekers, investors and destroyers, because they have no traditional and spiritual connection to the place.

We had entrusted our country to Zambia for development for 50 years, but what we see, is basically that towns have become villages. Water has always been a problem in all regions of Barotseland, and not that we don’t have sufficient water bodies to feed the growing population, and politicians used it as a campaign tool to win votes. But the truth is that the general development that people wanted to see was not forth coming.

However, the people of Barotseland should have a sigh of relief, because Malozi are now coming to the seat of administration of their beloved territory and that we are geared to use our professionalism, skills, knowledge and God given wisdom.

Corruption will be a fight that we have to face at all times, and right from the inception, because many Lozis have been Zambianized in character. It will be the duty of the Barotseland Government, and all of us to make efforts to combat it and stamp out from our lives.

We are a blessed nation;

“Isiah 61:7 For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. 8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. 9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.”

We must, therefore, not believe anyone who comes to oppose what we are advocating for. Buhobe ki bobunde habu isokelwa kiwena muñi isiñi bwaku bizezwa. Mutu hakoni ku memela lubasi kwa buhobe bwa musokwana.

We thank the Monarchy for having safeguarded our territory for such a long time, and we need to say thank you to them.

FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT

We have talked to a number of Foreign Investors around the world, and those we have spoken to, have expressed much joy to extend their investment in Barotseland. All they are waiting for, are the relevant laws of the land to be availed, then they begin to flow in. This will solve some of the problems we have had for long now; issues of employment or unemployment will be sorted out, issues of tax and revenue for the government will be sorted out.

I had visited the United States of America, France, Germany, Holland and the Great Britain just like it was reported; the people that we met received us with open hands and they offered and pledged assistance in many areas. As such, I want to assure the nation to believe in the process we have started, because it takes us to our goal much faster.

We understand that we shall have challenges along the way, but we want to assure you that, we have men and women with sufficient brains and skill to address every challenge that comes along one by one, and we know that we will surely succeed.

We request the people of Barotseland, therefore, to work along with the Government of Barotseland headed by Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa, in collaboration with the Monarchy.

There is no challenge which has been solved by other people elsewhere that we shall fail to solve. What will help us achieve the development goal is the determination that exists in our minds, and the dream we have had in our brains for many years now.

Tukongote wa mwana nongolo!

Report Submitted by:
Mrs. Ester Lutangu Muzwaule
Media Officer Department of Information & Broadcasting Services
Royal Barotseland Government

Incarcerated independence activists, musician and Barotseland National Youth League (BNYL) National Coordinator Sikwibele Wasilota (Skwiz) has been moved back to Sinanga prisons during the time when the Zambian Musician and sexual predator and convict 'General' Kanene was brought in Barotseland Kingdom by the Zambian Prisons Service for public performances, Gibson Sitamulaho of the Barotseland National Information Center in Mungu reports.

However, the bringing of Kanene into Mungu and Kalabo for scheduled public performances on the TB day and commissioning of the new prison, annoyed a number of Barotseland citizens as they demanded for their local musician incarcerated in the Mungu Prison with a minor jail term of three years, not 'General' Kanene who is convicted for 18 years for a criminal and sexual offense.

The prison warders are reported to have had so much pressure from the people about the coming in of 'General' Kanene, and hence they decided to transfer the musical ‘elephant’ of Barotseland Sikwibele Wasilota in haste.

“When Sikwibele attempted to ask for the reason as to why he was being taken back to Sinanga in an unusual manner like they used before, jail guard Mwangala Akende took upon himself to call inmates to beat him and forced handcuffs on him and dumped him in a vehicle!

“Mwangala Akende behaved very ruthlessly and he stepped his foot in the neck of Skwiz throughout the journey to Sinanga.” Reported an insider.

It is further reported that Mr. Sikwibele sustained body injuries and numbness of the fingers as a result of handcuffs that were tight, and when he demanded to be taken to the hospital for medical attention, the Sinanga Prisons Officer in charge Mr. Sandomu Ng’andu entirely refused to give him a medical report so that he could be treated.

When a number of sympathizers went to Mungu Prison to visit Skwiz, officer Akende was telling them that they should not believe the lies that Sikwibele was beaten by anyone when he was being moved to Sinanga. This he said without being asked. In fact before the visitors even learnt that Skwiz had already been taken to Sinanga.

Asking some prisoners that witnessed the event, they said that he was brutally beaten by the officers, while Akende cheered them on, to beat him even harder!

“It was not a good thing to see,” the prisoners are reported to have said sympathetically.

The following morning, his friend Mr. Boris Muziba was also reported to have been taken back to Kaoma in what appeared to be a cover-up as the Mungu Prison authority were afraid of being asked as to why Skwiz alone was beaten and taken back to Sinanga.

The BNYL trio; Boris Muziba, Nayoto Mwenda and Sikwibele Wasilota were recently moved to Mongu prison for their appeal case at the high court against the subordinate court sentencing of 3 years with hard labour for “Publication of false news with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public according to the laws of Zambia”  The trial dates are yet to be given by the Zambian state who on 2nd April 2015 requested for a two weeks period in which to make their own submission to counter the trio's grounds for appeal.

Hundreds of Barotse nationals were on Thursday April 23, 2015 gathered at the Barotse Royal Establishment Kuta, demanding the removal of some Indunas they accused of serving the interests of the occupying Zambian government.

According to the petitioners, they had in their possession evidence to the effect that some present Namuso Indunas are working hand-in-hand with the occupying Zambian regime to continue suppressing the Kingdom of Barotseland statehood and self-rule as reflected by the letter from Zambia's Provincial Chiefs and Traditional Affairs officer, Mr. Edson Nachimwenda, dated November 17, 2014 which was published here on March 17th, 2015: http://barotsepost.com/images/important_barotse_documents/nachimwenda_confidential_report.pdf

As such the people, mainly from Limulunga and Mongu (Mungu), marched and gathered to present their petition before the Ngambela's Kuta (Court) in Limulunga demanding, among other things, the removal of the alleged compromised Indunas and all those opposed to the implementation of the 2012 Barotse National Council Independence Resolutions, and proving to the people of Barotseland that the assertion by Nachimwenda that the Litunga has been stripped of his powers are misplaced.

The video posted and obtained at the BNFA website; http://bnfa.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/IMG_0169.mp4 explains the demands of the petitioners.

Further, the people demanded the removal of Nachimwenda and all Zambian heads of government departments and parastatals from Barotseland.

However, the alleged compromised Indunas, led by the Silumbu brothers are reported to have responded by insulting the people, calling them fools and pointing out that they had no power to remove them but the Litunga.

"On hearing this the youths were enraged and started hurling unprintable insults in return. The Indunas were saved from being physically ejected out of the Kuta by Zambia police who rushed to the scene. This, yet again, demonstrates Zambian government's continued intervention in the affairs of Barotseland being protested against. The petition was in response to Nachimwenda's letter that present day Namuso Indunas are working hand-in-hand with the occupying Zambian regime to continue suppressing the Kingdom of Barotseland statehood.

"Whereas the Barotse Kuta System is open to the public, the Indunas refused to allow the people in the Kuta but just four representatives, thereby effectively running away from the people. Clearly, present day Namuso Indunas are not representing the interests of the peoples of Barotseland but their own; and we commend the activists for showing them the door out." reported Mukunda.

The entire petition as obtained from the BNFA website is here below reproduced:

PETITION FROM THE PEOPLES OF THE KINGDOM OF BAROTSELAND

TO NAMUSO (BAROTSELAND GOVERNMENT)

OVER THE CONTINUED UNDERMINING OF THE NATION AND SELF-GOVERNANCE OF BAROTSELAND BY THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT

1. We the peoples of Barotseland in our diversity today, March 26, 2015, have in our possession evidence to the effect that present Namuso Indunas are working hand-in-hand with the occupying Zambian regime to continue suppressing the Kingdom of Barotseland statehood and self-rule as reflected by the letter from the Provincial Chiefs and Traditional Affairs officer, Mr. Edson Nachimwenda, dated November 17, 2014 herewith attached.

2. In contrast, in the past Namuso had strongly stood for and worked for the peoples of Barotseland as regards safe guarding their rights to self-determination. This is reflected in the minutes of the meeting between senior Namuso Indunas and the then Zambia Minister of state responsible for Barotseland Hon. Fine Liboma MP sitting together with Hon. Josephat A. Siyomunji MP dated October 3, 1969 held in the Conference Hall in Mongu, herewith attached: http://barotsepost.com/images/important_barotse_documents/minutes_namuso_minister_of_state_1969.pdf

3. It is clear from (1) above that suppressive activities by occupying Zambian government agents are massive and not only limited to the Provincial Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Department but permeates through to all heads of government departments, parastatal organizations and security wings operating in Barotseland and beyond from way back in 1964.   4. In view of the above, we demand Namuso to immediately:  

a) name and dismiss all Indunas working with the occupying Zambia government as stated by Mr. Nachimwenda;

b) remove all Indunas not in support of the March 27, 2012 Barotse National Council Resolutions;

c) pressure the occupying Zambia government to remove and replace all heads of government departments, parastatal organizations and security wings in Barotseland by Barotse Nationals who are better qualified, experienced and speak the local language; and

d) prove to the people of Barotseland that the assertion by Mr. Nachimwenda that the Litunga has been stripped of his powers are misplaced and clearly state their position on this.

5. Whereof we, the peoples of Barotseland, hereunder append our signatures to this Petition.

SIGNED
cc. the Litunga of the Kingdom of Barotseland

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