Media Editor, Barotseland Post
BNFA statement on the BRE suggested Dialogue Council
by BNFA Publicity Wing
The Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) cannot and will not take part in the Barotseland Agreement 1964 negotiations proposed by the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE). There is nothing to negotiate about the Barotseland Agreement 1964 as insinuated by the BRE press statement of April 16, 2018. The negotiations were done and concluded before the co-signing of the Agreement. What should have followed was implementation; but the Zambian regime defaulted and legislated against its own obligations.
Zambia’s main opposition leader and presidential challenger, Hakainde Hichilema, has taken a swipe at Zambia’s ruling party and the Republican President, Edgar Lungu, for once again seeking cheap votes from the people of Barotseland by promising that he was going to restore the defunct pre-independence Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
Addressing a press conference at the UPND secretariat in Lusaka yesterday (Wednesday), on the serious matter of uncovered sinister plans by the PF led government to convert all customary land into State land and later abolish chiefdoms and traditional leadership in Zambia, the UPND leader warned that the Patriotic Front government was once again trying to deceive the Lozi people in order to gain votes from the contested territory.
Calls for self-determination by dependent territories across the world seem to be growing with the latest calls coming from Greenland, news which must re-assure other territories agitating for self-determination like Barotseland that they are not alone in their struggle for independence because seeking self-determination is neither a crime nor is it abnormal.
We are like a herd of cattle trapped in a thorny fenced kraal.
We previously grazed freely until sometime in 1964 when the previous neighboring farmer, Kadansa, sweet talked us into gathering in a Bantustan Kraal.
We stampede around searching for an opening only to gather at the same spot we started from.
The kraal is hedgy and will only bruise us badly if we attempt to break free.
Only 4% of citizens have voted for the Spanish Prime Minister’s party which suspended self-rule in Catalonia and forced the snap election after dismissing the Catalan government, as the pro-independence parties keep their majority in the Catalan election.
The results of the snap election are a severe blow to the Spanish government which had hoped the vote would halt the push for secession.
Meanwhile, Catalonia secessionist parties have declared victory in the regional elections which attracted a record turnout of more than 82%, dispelling fears that holding the election on a weekday rather than the usual Sunday would hit turnout.
Original by NORIMITSU ONISHIDEC. 18, 2017, The New York Times.
JOHANNESBURG — In a humbling rebuke to President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, the African National Congress chose an anti-apartheid hero and business tycoon as its new leader on Monday, positioning him to become Mr. Zuma’s successor.