Editor General, Barotseland Post
Barotse people at home and abroad have united to launch a ‘Tweet for Freedom’ campaign initiative aimed at rallying all their supporters to utilize the social media giant Twitter, on a specific date to be announced, to highlight the anguish of the Barotse people regarding the long-standing and unresolved pre-independence Barotseland Agreement 1964, demanding that it be resolved now!
The campaign has so far solicited and united the support and endorsement of all the major Barotse communities and Barotse social media groups and networks home and abroad!
The ‘Tweet for Freedom’ campaign initiative is simply aimed at bringing to the attention of those who occupy positions of influence issues that the larger Baroste society holds dear but have been neglected by Zambian government policy makers because they are supposedly not of national importance or priority!
Most specifically, in this regard, is the all important matter of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964, which some Zambians not directly affected by it believe is no longer an issue! One Zambian High Commissioner even called it a non-issue on an international television platform recently!
Commemorating the end of World War I without a special mention of the contribution of King Lewanika I and his son, Sir Mwanawina III (KBE) King of Barotseland, is one of the most hypocritical stunts the Zambian state has pulled thus far.
In their centenary celebrations, slated for the northern Zambian town of Mbala where the last war shots were allegedly fired, government officials keep talking of how Zambia contributed 2000 plus soldiers to the war but conspicuously neglect to mention that, in fact, the 2000 of the about 2300 soldiers were actually from Barotseland, and were contributed to the war by King Lewanika I under the command of his own son, then Sergeant Mwanawina.
King Lewanika did not only send the 2000 men from Barotseland but he also reportedly contributed £1400 towards the war which later Germany, through their territories of Germany East and South West Africa, Tanzania and Namibia, intensified in Africa.
“For I know your manifold transgressions And your mighty sins: Afflicting the just and taking bribes; Diverting the poor from justice at the gate” Amos 5: 12 (NKJV) in the holy writ is a great indictment on Zambia, which by all indication, is a diabolical, thieving, corrupt and suppressive state! Zambia has failed to hold a national dialogue for over a year now to reconcile its citizenry over contentious national issues, and has for over five decades failed to reconcile with the Barotse people over the contentious pre-independence Barotseland Agreement 1964 for which the state is clearly culpable! Unfortunately, the Zambian State prefers arresting and killing the Barotse people whenever they raise the issues outstanding from the defunct pre-independence Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
The egoistic, outraged and simple-minded often fail to learn from the mistakes of the past! A case in point is the upholding of Afumba Mombotwa and two other Barotseland independence leaders’ subordinate court conviction by Zambia’s Supreme Court. And yet, to draw valuable lessons, the Zambian state would not have needed to look any further than the 1963-1964 Rivonia trial at which the iconic global champion in the struggle against white domination of the majority black South Africans, Nelson Mandela and seven of his comrades were condemned to life imprisonment with hard labour on charges of conspiracy, sabotage and treason, for simply advocating the freedom and equality of their people!
We love Afumba Mombotwa for his leadership and patriotism. However, he and others on trial today need all of us to demonstrate our own love and patriotism by financially carrying them through this difficult moment!
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They alone and their families cannot pay legal fees! They are currently in jail and on trial because of their love for Barotseland!
So, will you help them today to ensure that they continue receiving professional legal help?
Urgently required is money for the lawyer to continue looking at their legal affairs in Ndola until their case is disposed of in the Supreme Court currently sitting far away from Barotseland in Ndola on the Copperbelt region of Zambia.
It is a total lie to allege that to resolve matters arising out of the 1964 agreement, the Zambian government must only deal with the Litunga because it is his signature on it. In fact, even if they made Kenneth Kaunda and Lubosi Imwiko II sign an agreement today, it would not constitute a legitimate national agreement as long as the people were sidelined prior to signing it.
Barotse people must, therefore, not be deceived by the Zambian government officials when they claim that the Litunga is the ‘only authority’ they recognize in Barotseland and that he wields such immense powers as to act and make critical national decisions over Barotseland unilaterally! They only use this claim to blackmail Barotse people into accepting the government schemes over Barotseland using the Litunga’s ascribed sovereign powers!