Editor General, Barotseland Post
Kindly allow me space in our Barotsepost to air my views.
Malozi shaa, this move of enlisting the Barotse Plains as a world heritage site is simply nonsensical and very much ill-conceived. It does not sit well with me at all and I believe, this is or may be the case with many well-meaning descendants of Barotseland. It will not, in anyway, add value to what we are doing for ourselves already and let alone, to the beautiful libala la Bulozi.
The reasons being advanced are baseless and simply reflect cheap politicking. The agitating factor is the independence of our Barotseland (already attained by the way). These guys from N. Rhodesia do not mean any good at all. They should find places to enlist in their areas of origin and not in our country. Seriously, it has nothing to do with burial sites (litino) of the Lozi kings and queens. This whole thing is an affront to the people of Barotseland. We will get ourselves in a quagmire. Come to think of it, it is synonmous to selling one's birth right.
Let’s forget Barotseland Agreement and embrace our freedom.
In this discussion, we seek to bring to attention, why Barotseland Agreement (BA64) is dead and buried, and that we must come to conclusion to put aside any fears or debate of GRZ or BRE or indeed anyone else to discuss or revive the BA64 or the renegotiation of any new agreement in place of the BA 64, as a misguided insult to the Barotse nation.
In bringing up this series of discussions, we would like to mention that Bulozinahayaluna does not in any way dream of forming a government in Barotseland, or join her politics thereof, but will remain an information, observer and lobby grouping.
Finally, the much awaited historic 24th October is finally here this week. Allow me space in your wonderful paper to celebrate in a unique way with the readers this very important day.
Since 1964 when Zambia was pronounced independent from the British colonial rule the day has been recurrent yearly, just like any other important anniversary. However, this year the recurrence brings along with it the much thought after Golden Jubilee Celebrations of independence in the minds of most Zambians. Ironically, it connotes the climax of the paradoxical union between Northern Rhodesia and Barotseland dubbed as Zambia on 1964. This union is what I would like to term or phrase as “Freedom of Independence against Freedom of Dependence”. This day this week is very important to both Northern Rhodesia and Barotseland for reasons discussed in this article, much so this time around, in our dear history.
PART I: SABA-SABA PARENTAGE OF INDEPENDENCE
A Reflection on Mbikusita Lewanika, Founding President General of the Northern Rhodesia African Congress and King of Barotseland
Unsung Founding Father
Zambia’s independence history needs to be reviewed to appreciate that it was achieved by ideas and efforts of more than one person, generation and organization. The current situation may be likened to doctoring the Biblical Exodus story by giving all credit to Joshua and none to Moses! This distortion of history is a caustic disservice to honestly well intended nation building. It has done fatal damage to the Zambia project.
Barotseland was the only region of Zambia that had a clear right to establish a regional government and “this right preceded the birth of the Republic of Zambia and is, therefore, not bestowed on Barotseland by Zambia.”
Barotseland had its own challenges prior to the signing of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 (BA64); One group including the Litunga opposed the uniting of the soon-to-be independent country, Zambia, while an elite group of Lozis based in the mining towns of Western province (Present day Copper-belt Province) the hub of the independence struggle who had portfolios in Kenneth Kaunda’s UNIP liberation movement, backed their territory’s unity with Northern Rhodesia to form Zambia. This was the genesis of all the problems we have today, the Kuta is no longer organized as it were before. The Zambian government has had a well planned approach to wipe Barotseland from the face of Africa. We thank God that Sir Mwanawina the third was a wise Litunga who could see in the future, today he has been vindicated. The political lapses we have had in Barotseland is not with our Monarch but elite Barotzish close to the Barotse Authority who approached the Litunga with selfish motives to meet their personal gain. I think this time around we will not tolerate persons with selfish egos to mislead the Barotse populace and the Litunga.
My brothers and sisters, in as much as we all seem to have very good ideas aimed at bringing much needed political independence to our beloved Barotseland, we must realize that as long as we keep avoiding facing the reality that we need the civil Barotseland government in place other than the Kuta (traditional government under BRE setup), there will be lack of patriotism and the sense of belonging in our independence struggle. Why do we continue to pretend? Let's face the real reason for the delay in actualizing our independence and do something about it. The BRE is the very institution that would have been leading the independence struggle of Barotseland but for 48 years failed to stand the brutality nature of Zambia until the ordinary people of Barotseland took it upon themselves and pushed for historic BNC in 2012.