News Editor, Barotseland Post
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 Linyungandambo independence movement of Barotseland has warned that the Barotse Royal Establishment, BRE, could set a very dangerous precedence if they ignored the express will of the people for a totally independent Barotseland.
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.
Barotseland’s main independence movement, Linyungandambo, has warned that those pre-occupied with discussing the impossible restoration of the dead 1964 Barotseland Agreement risked rendering themselves irrelevant because the 2012 unanimous declaration for Barotseland independence was resolute and final.