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Emmanuel Mwamba shamelessly lied on international fora over the Barotseland Question

04 August 2018
Author  Saleya Kwalombota
Emmanuel Mwamba, Zambia's High commissioner


I could not believe listening to his Excellence Emmanuel Mwamba, Zambia's High commissioner to South Africa on SABC program dubbed "the Globe", misguiding himself over the question of Barotseland.

Mwamba's inability to articulate the genesis of Lewanika concessions, treaties and agreements in relation to the formation of Northern Rhodesia and in regard to the defunct BA64 is an embarrassment to the few honest Zambian academicians and historians.

His rhetoric on that program over the Barotseland question is hereunder subjected to analysis:

These are the keywords uttered by Emmanuel Mwamba;

"...the two gentlemen exhibited ignorance. The Barotseland Agreement is not an issue, it does not even exist. It was a mining charter. Zambia is a unitary state"

The foregoing outburst by a learned Diplomat is a reflection of Zambia's views over the matter.

For argument's sake, former Vice-President (Guy Scott) during the daily parliamentary debates for the first session of the eleventh assembly of 28th March, 2012 was on record having said that the Barotseland Agreement was drawn up to give COMFORT to the BRE that it would not be disadvantaged by being a part of Zambia, having gone from being a protectorate within a protectorate.

It is the typical reasoning of scavengers aimed at nothing but to wipe out the territory of Barotseland from the surface of Africa. Alas, the facts of history can never be erased or changed through lies.

The Lewanika concession of 1900 was the basis upon which the British government exercised its limited authority in Barotseland to that of crown protectorate as opposed to colony protectorate status Northern Rhodesia had.

Not only did Emmanuel Mwamba expose his hatred of Barotseland over its right to exist as a sovereign state but he chose to play ignorant on how Zambia came into being and what necessitated the signing of the Agreement between the two former neighboring protectorates, Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia.

Mwamba's rhetoric that the BA64 was nothing but a mining Charter is shocking coming from a seasoned journalist like him. His insinuation that the defunct BA64 is a none issue cannot convince even the average mind. No wonder the interviewer discontinued the topic and switched to trade benefits between Zambia and South Africa.

It is a matter of fact that Barotseland became an integral part of Zambia through the BA64 which took the place of the treaties and other agreements hitherto subsisting between Her Majesty the Queen and the Litunga of Barotseland. It follows, therefore, in its absence, it is nonsensical for Zambia to force the people of Barotseland to be Zambians or to sing the Zambia national anthem or obey any Zambian legislation. It is further erroneous for the government of Zambia to have convicted the three Barotseland independence leaders; Hon Afumba Mombotwa, Sylvester Kalima and Likando Pelekelo over treason which does not apply in Barotseland situation, save for reversion.

Notwithstanding Mwamba's folly over King Lewanika's concessions starting with the 1900s, were not only for mining prospects but for land ownership, jurisdiction and protecting the inhabitants from annexation by any power that could be. The defunct BA64 was a sovereign power-sharing treaty that took the place of all aspects of Agreements and concessions of the past between Her Majesty's Government and King Lewanika.

Emmanuel Mwamba should bear in mind that his country Zambia was fraudulently established as a unitary state. Where on earth can a unitary state be formed without naming the components that comprise it? This is exactly how the Zambian constitution has been written, leaving room for speculations over the meaning of clauses.

Another lacuna in the constitution of Zambia is the near hallucination that the country is an indivisible unitary state". How on earth can it be a unitary and indivisible state when the basis on which that should have been founded was abrogated unilaterally?

The law does not operate on illegalities but on justice. Yet again Mwamba seeks to downplay Barotseland's right to exist as a sovereign state by denying the existence of the BA64 and its legal status.

Mwamba is at variance with his past leader Michael Sata (late president) and his current master President Edgar Lungu who stated in no ambiguity that the BA64 impasse must be settled amicably through dialogue. Who is Emmanuel Mwamba to misguide the people in this manner? He simply paraded his indescribable ignorance over the matter and further misrepresented Zambia's legal fraternity who in 2003 advised that in the absence of the BA64, the government of Zambia has no governance authority over Barotseland.

It does not require the genius mind of a rocket scientist to understand how Barotseland became an integral part of independent Northern Rhodesia in 1964 as a "unitary state" under the name of Zambia. It must be appreciated that the BA64 is the basis upon which the unitary status was anchored, in its absence, there is no one Zambia one nation but two separate nations (states).

Lastly, as I conclude, I want to applaud the two Linyungandambo youths; Chris Kalaluka Luzongo and Bright Nyambe for their bravery and well articulation of the Barotseland question on the international fora on SABC " the globe" program. Going forward, we expect participation of such manner on international media platforms by patriotic Barotse citizens to bring awareness on the Barotseland question at a global level to its rightful prospect to call for justice so that the impasse is brought to a conclusion.

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