Zambia professes Christianity by the preamble of her constitution. Christian standards are such that:-
(I) Nobody must deceive; but Mr. Kenneth Kaunda deceived the Litunga Mwanawina III and the entire people of Barotseland that he would hounor the Barotseland Agreement 1964.
(II) None must tell lies, but Mr. Michael Sata lied at Blue Gum Mongu in 2011 when he publicly told the Barotse people that he would restore the Barotseland Agreement 1964 (which Kenneth Kaunda unilaterally abrogated in 1969) within 90 days of his presidency.
(III) Do not kill, but Zambia police killed the Barotzish in 2011 when they desired to gather, peacefully, to determine their own country's future.
Do not accuse anyone for no reason when they have done you no harm cf Proverbs 3:30
Because the Barotzish detest lies, according to Zambia, they deserve to be persecuted and this is a Zambia National Agenda. However, there is no law in the whole world that allows people to cheat, lie or deceive; it is the wicked spirit in them that makes people lie.
Further Reference can be made to the Bible as follows:
Leviticus 19:12 "Do not deceive one another"
Leviticus 19:15 “Do not pervert justice"
Proverbs 12:22 "The Lord hates lying lips but delights in people who are trustworthy"
Deuteronomy 27:17 "Cursed is anyone who moves their neighbour's boundary stone"
Deuteronomy 27:19 "Cursed is anyone who withholds justice"
Deuteronomy 27:24 "Cursed is anyone who accepts a bribe to kill the innocent person"
N.B. Mr. Edgar Lungu, the current President said while in Ethiopia; "the matter of Barotseland must be permanently solved."
Doubtless Zambia is under a curse; really the Lord can forgive; nonetheless, the precondition for forgiveness is repentance. What is indisputable is that Zambia has never repented for her sins; she still continues to incarcerate and torture Barotse people.
From the foregoing, it is quite evident that Zambia will remain under a curse until she repents. It only requires spiritual eye to see these facts and act accordingly.
Philosopher Immanuel Kant elaborated on what it means to be human, and he felt that a concept of duty is a huge part of it. Kant said that humans are separated from the animal kingdom because people feel a moral duty to do certain things that might not directly benefit themselves. They might feel morally responsible to serve their countries, for example, and decide to enroll in the military. This would be a duty that stems for a moral belief that a person should help her community and country. It calls for patriotism to think what one has done or is going to do for Barotseland too, as part of Duty and Obligation.
Fighting for independence is an enterprise with a single and readily identifiable goal, victory, to which all other considerations must be subordinated. It is always a matter of great joy for people who respect the sanctity of law to do and act as it requires, thus for example the law requires that a person is innocent until proven guilty, but Zambia condemned the right to self-determination of Barotseland people without following the due process of the law. Zambia as required by the law is to challenge our independence resolve in the courts of law to be precise the international court of justice than resorting to intimidation and arrests.
I should more appropriately also welcome the fascinating stance of people of Barotseland’s re-discovery of their destiny to be a separate state. Some have chosen to call it secession which is itself a misnomer in the Barotseland situation. But whatever our enemy may call it, one thing is clear, a rising tide to justice in Barotseland impasse is now irresistible, the law is on our side as the ICJ will bring the issue to its legal conclusion. As things stand, Zambia is headed for a great shock as the amount of abuse of Barotseland people will reflect directly in the face of Zambia to receive condemnation to establish the basis for damages Barotseland incurred due to Zambia’s encroachment.
We are, however, relieved to hear that the transitional government and Monarch authority’s decision to collaborate in many issues of national interest is a sign of the beginning of better things to come and diffuse of tension. I hope the government of Zambia will be civilized not to resort to intimidation and arrests of people acting within the jurisdiction of the law. We also hope that both the police and the Attorney General will likewise respect the right of the people currently held at Mwembeshi maximum state prison of Zambia; Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa - the Administrator General, Rt. Hon. Kalima, Rt. Hon. P. Likando and Rt. Hon. P. Masiye Masiyaleti, to walk to their freedom as Zambia should reserve it's enemy to put a defense at the ICJ against the encroachment and illegal administration of Barotseland.
Finally, everyone and anyone should have the right to help in the legal expenses based on his or her ability and the spirit of patriotism should take a centre stage. Up till now, many Lozis did not know that the independence struggle of Barotseland has gone thus far than two years ago according to the recent update given on www.barotsepost.com website. This is construed as a great achievement and a sign of vision leadership. To us, this development is most welcome and to restricting Lozi's right to free speech and freedom of expression will not be accepted. The history and constitution of Zambia is yet to be re-written and the boundary of Zambia and Barotseland are yet to be re-drawn.
Ki nako Barotseland shall be free.
From Parentage of the Evangelical Church of Lesotho to the Calvary Treatment by the United Church Of Zambia, and its Broader Political, Economic and Social Context
Although, I should by now be immune from manifestation of self-interestedor otherwise imposed ignorance, I am surprised by the total eclipse of knowledge over the history and even existence of the Church of Barotseland. Rather than roast in this shocking state of affairs, may I still attempt to throw some light on this aspect of European Christian church history in Africa.
In this I shall cover both the positive and commendable pan-African aspects of it, as exemplified by relations between Lesotho and Barotseland, as well as it negative and rather unimpressive aspects, as exemplified by the ill-fated integration of the United Church of Zambia. I approach this dark and controversial topic, merely to lay out history facts to those open-minded enough to face them. I do this as a Pan-Africanist and advocate of the democratic and human rights principles of freedom of conscious, freedom of association and self-determination for every person, community, faith group and nation in the world.
On 19th November 1853, Dr David Livingstone, the Scottish national of the London Missionary Society, conducted the first Christian assembly in Barotseland at Mwandi in Sesheke. Livingstone was named by the Barotse as Munali, after a pink plant - for he was seen as a pink man not as a white man, as Europeans think of themselves. He became the first European Christian missionary in Barotseland and north of the Lyambai (Zambezi) River, south of Lake Tanganyika.
In 1859-60, Roger Price and a Mr. Helmmore, together with their wives and children, from the London Missionary Society took an initiative to set up a mission station in Barotseland, based at Linyati, which was the capital, during the 1838 to 1864 period when much of Barotseland was under Sotho conquest rule. However, this initiative was not sustained due to fatal illness among the group.
On 6th September 1881, a Catholic Jesuits mission arrived at Lealui, which had been reinstated as the capital after the liberation and restoration of Barotseland under Barotse self-governance. However, even though they had been shown a site at Katongo for possible location of a mission station, they were not permitted to settle and establish themselves, as was later to be the case to the Mission that was to establish the Church of Barotseland.
The Church of Barotseland was a product of the Evangelical Church of Lesotho. In 1863, while, itself, only 30 years old, the Evangelical Church of Lesotho, under Adolphe Mabille, proposed to "one day" bring the gospel to the people of the Zambezi (Barotse people).
In 1878, with the facilitation of King Khama of the Mangwato (Botswana), and sanction from Lesotho and Paris, a message was sent for introducing Francois Coillard to King Lewanika of Barotseland. This message sought permission to enter Barotseland, which was put off for the time being, on account of Lewanika having then only been made King.
On 12 December 1882, the Missionary Frederick Stanley Arnot of the Plymouth Bretheren arrived at Lealui. He unsuccessfully seeking permission to establish a Christian mission amon the Tonga people, in what is now Zambia’s Southern Province, but was allowed to start a school and have a go at evangelizing the Barotse leadership. He left in May 1884 because he was not very successful and illness took its toll. But, he left with a confirmation of King Lewanika’s invitation to Francois Coillard’s mission.
Thus, in 1884, a Paris Missionary/Evangelical Church of Lesotho left Leribe for Barotseland. This team included 12 Sotho, including 3 evangelists as well as two Barotse (Sachika and Kalumba), who had undergone schooling at Morija and a Pedi. They brought with them seven horses that were gifts to King Khama and Lewanika from Sotho Chied Jonathan (son of Moshoeshoe) of Leribe. This first Coillard mission, although given person to enter Barotseland and come to the Barotseland capital of Lealui, was much compromised and delayed because its timing coincided with the political upheaval leading to the temporal overthrow of King Lewanika, for seven months, from September 184 to April 1885.
However, after King Lewanika had regained his throne, there was uninterrupted progress towards the Evangelical Church of Lesotho and the Paris Missionary Society establishing the Church of Barotseland, which was administered through the Paris Missionary Society.
On 4th November 1885, the first mission station was opened by the Evangelical Church of Lesotho and Paris Missionary Society at Mwandi in Sesheke. In this regard, in the Book The Spread of the Gospel in Barotseland, it is recorded that:
“Although the Lesotho Church had not been able financially to support the mission to Barotseland, and although this mission is a new field of activity of the Paris Mission, it does not lessen the fact that – without the support of many Sotho (evangelists and their families and men to work for the transport) – the expeditions of François Coillard and the first missionaries would have been difficult, if not impossible. The Lesotho Church continued to to send evangelists until 1913.”
On 11th October 1886, with the permission of the King in Council, François Coillard and his team took the first step to establish Sefula Mission. For this purpose he had Europeans for construction works, by the Sotho evangelist Aaron Mayoro and his wife Ruth for teaching and evangelism. On 4th March 1887 a school was started at Sefula, with 20 pupils, including Litia Lewanika (future Litunga Yeta III) and Mukamba (a future Ngambela.) As per insistence of the Barotseland Royal Government, each mission station was required to establish not only a church, but also a skills training centre and medical centre.
On 26th September 1964 attained self governance and autonomous existence, separate from the Paris Missionary Society, after two years of transition under Rev. E. M. Ngula as Chairman/Moderator. On 17th January 1965, the Church of Barotseland, the Methodist Church and the United Church of Central Africa (UCCAR), with the later including what was termed as the Free Church on the Copperbelt of Zambia.
Moderator Rev. Ngula retired in December 1965. He was replaced as Moderator of what had been reduced to Barotse Presbyter, on 1st January 1966, by Gilbert Musialela.
A number of other changes took place. What had formerly been the Church of Barotseland youth training centre at Sefula, under Barotse traditional land tenure system, was transferred to a Mongu Township location, on lease under Zambian Law, in January 1966. What had been a Church of Barotseland medical dispensary at Lukona was taken over by the Zambian Government, during the same year. In January, 1967, for the first, since the Church of Lesotho ended its technical assistance of sending Sotho evangelists in 1913, in July 1967, the United Church of Zambia sent two non-Barotse ministers to take charge of the former Church of Barotseland churches in Mongu and Sesheke. On 30th October 1971, the Paris Missionary Society, itself, was dissolved, and replaced by a new Community of Churches in Mission, which now stopped direct relations with what had been the Church of Barotseland. In the end, what had been the Church of Barotseland was renamed as the Western Presbytery – in line with the Zambian Government unilaterally decreed attempt to rename Barotseland as Western Province. In 1972, former medical officer provided for the Church of Barotseland were taken to become tutors at the Zambian Government Nursing School at Mongu.
The 1964 Barotseland Agreement that had established Barotseland as an integral part of an independent Zambia had been unilaterally abrogated by the Zambian Government, in 1969, with the passionate urging of some Barotse people. The multiparty system enshrined in the independence constitution had been cast away and replaced by a dictatorship of the One Party state, from the end of 1972, again with some Barotse people in the cheering circles. The point of note is that it is would be an unnecessarily dangerous mistake to fail to appreciate that these development that depict failures to establish mutually acceptable and fair integration in freedom and justice are not a matter of Barotse people verses non-Barotse people. This about honesty and integrity in leadership, political freedom and economic justice across national and religious groupings, and what has been called for is a universal struggle for universal democratic and human rights principles, which cannot allow unity through lies and terror.
The struggle is not over, but a few and small steps in the corrective direction have been witnessed. In November 1991, after over seventeen years of an imposed One Party system, a sharp and focused democratic campaign succeeded in re-introducing the freedom of plural competitive politics under a multi-party constitution. In 1992, after many years of disharmony in the integration, two of the founding churches, the Church of Barotseland and the Methodist Church reverted to their original autonomous status. However, despite even in this process of reverting back to the original status, the Church of Barotseland got a raw deal, including loss of original church buildings, school and skill training centre infrastructuresas well as income generating projects, such as wood working operations, and, in addition, the Church of Barotseland also lost whatever funds were contributed to or from the Church of Barotseland. As elsewhere in post colonial Africa, it is “a luta continua” in for the struggle for genuine democracy and respect for the civil and human rights of everybody. This shall continue until free and equitable social, economic and political integration become the rule rather than the exception.
This situation shall remain so, until the reigning political culture truly upholds and respects the democratic principles of freedom of conscious, freedom of association and self-determination. It shall not come to an end, until the prevailing economic dispensation brings an end to the economic disarticulation, external dependency and social underdevelopment that have outlived “Independence.”Above all, this struggle shall continue as long as we continue with the predominance of ignorance of historical facts and current concrete realities among a critical mass of Africans, and as long as we continue to failure to identify, choose and follow teams of servant leaders rather than populist demagogues in state, faith based institutions as well as structure of societies and economies in general.
Some of you who are familiar with my point of views would probably remember me constantly advocate our need to oppose the spirit of “I” (disunity) supremacy all the time. To eliminate the spirit of “I” is to make a way for a solution to all the economic, social and political problems faced by the people of Barotseland today due to the aborted fifty year cohabitation with Zambia. Sadly some among us some may still dispute this premise.
As a person whose efforts and heart have always been dedicated to the advancement of our people's independence resolve, my words are simple but so true. “It is not only the spirit of ‘I’ supremacy that is the root cause of disunity, but the ‘Zambianization’ that manifests itself in Zambian politics, still holding a grip on Barotseland too!” I can go on and on, however, I don't like saying things that will hurt the efforts made by most of the activists groups while to a few activists it is the truth they don't like hearing. But it's true that our enemy planted the seed of disunity into our thinking a long time ago through corrupting of some perceived activists, some BRE indunas and the ethnic divide and rule which was started by the late 2nd republican president of Zambia, FTJ Chiluba.
The result of the ‘I’ syndrome is part of the derailment of our independence realization, the very issue our enemy knows and has extensively exploited. Whenever the Zambian regime perceives the possibility that we might unify, it places maximum efforts toward making sure we remain divided to DERAIL our independence.
We cannot end the ‘I’ syndrome as a concept. However, if we re-educate ourselves and re-orient our thinking and stop hating each other, but rather focus on all the things that remind us of our coexistence, we will win our independence resolve. Unity of purpose among all the people of Barotseland is the way out of Zambia's supremacy in our territory. Remember, it is not the names that you are called by that matter. What really masters is which names you answer to. It is in the shared experience of our humanity that we can foster the awareness of our unity and move Barotseland forward.
It is time, therefore, to oppose the ‘I’ supremacy all the time, everyplace we go, every place we are with vigor and strength. Zambian ‘supremacy’ is our real ‘enemy’. Zambia is the enemy of international law, too. However, we cannot unilaterally control and compel Zambians to obey the principal of legality but we can teach them to live to the sanctity of the Law. We can also affect how we individually perceive the world and ourselves. The ‘I’ supremacy cannot flourish where UNITY exists.
The fundamental point is to control our destiny as proclaimed by the March 2012 BNC resolutions which radiated the electronic waves of major world media such as the BBC and others. All what we want is to secure our country's sovereignty.
Tukongote, May God bless all the pressure groups and the people of Barotseland.
A cohabitation Agreement detailing the relationship rules, which included that the lady was not to take diet pills and body enhancing pills was made, between a man and woman in South Africa. Any contraventions would render the Agreement null and void.
The Durban High Court Judge (name withheld) adjudicated over the Cohabitation Agreement in South Africa, March 2015. The case read: Relationship was over after breach of Agreement; but the other partner did not want or refused to leave the house. Finally the verdict was that she should leave the house after breach of Agreement.
LESSON FROM THE AGREEMENT
In the foregoing case, when the Agreement was breached and became null and void, the relationship came to an end too.
Surprisingly such knowledge can hardly be found in Zambia either in their police or government because they may be demon possessed with insatiable power gripping over the organic nation of Barotseland. The Problem that Barotseland faces today is because it has been dealing with people intoxicated with hashish of insincerity.
Whereas the High Court in Durban was competent to handle such a case, we doubt if the High Court in Zambia can handle the similar case of cohabitation of Zambia with Barotseland that is null and void after termination; seeing that Zambia still has the audacity to cling to Barotseland like a tick on a dead animal’s skin; despite Zambia’s president Edgar Lungu having acknowledged the issue in Ethiopia and Mrs. Inonge Wina his vice president having acknowledged the same in Zambian parliament last session.
Therefore, I wish to state that no Zambian Judge, except an independent Judge, could be favorable to adjudicate in Barotseland case, the people of Barotseland should never, never be fooled!
By Hon. Likando Pelekelo
Victim of injustice
In the case of Northern Rhodesia and Barotseland, no union was established, except for the inheritance of power and obligations of the queen by Mr. Kaunda in 1964. Surely there is no united, "Baro-zam" as a country; so there was an elliptical formation of the Zambian state parallel to none.
It is quite evident that Barotseland has never been formally annexed to any territory to date; and it has never been an enclave. The legality of annexation of Barotseland to Zambia could only depend on the entry into force of the Barotseland Agreement 1964. Really the Agreement was a presupposition intended to associate Barotseland to Zambia. Many people believe that the Agreement united Barotseland to Zambia; but the truth is that the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 suggested condominium with regard to Authority.
To our dismay, however, the Barotseland Agreement 1964 was unilaterally terminated by the Zambian government; while at the same time they continued occupying our country, although by implication; termination of the agreement meant severing the relationship.
The consequences of abrogation of the Agreement resulted into coercion, forced assimilation, subjugation; and domination. The Zambians try to maintain relationship with Barotseland by fire-arms while they occupy Barotseland illegally.
Zambia's dominance is derived from the law of succession, i.e. Zambia inherited obligations of her Majesty the Queen of Britain over Barotseland.
According to Zambian understanding Barotseland's liberty is termed as ‘secession.’ To shed light on this notion, we know that ‘secession’ is perceived to be in conflict with the idea of preservation of the territorial integrity of a country.
This being the case, it is incredible to suggest that boundaries of Barotseland that were drawn and concluded between 1890-1905 should not be preserved at the expense of cheap slogans.
The perception of ‘secession’ implies the state of breaking away from the mother country. If this is true then Zambia has never been a mother country to Barotseland; and shall never be, because Barotseland is older. Furthermore the intention of impairing territorial integrity of Barotseland and the desire to deprive Barotseland of her sovereignty by Zambia is not compatible with international norms.
The issue of deprivation of Barotse people's right to self-rule as provided by the Barotseland Agreement 1964 can never be entertained any more. We are re-building our nation upon the foundation laid down by King Lewanika; a foundation that enables us to secure what belongs to us. Being Zambians to us is simply questionable; and something the Barotse earned on the way. We are Barotzish by virtue of descent.
We would like our African Brothers to know that we were occupied by a Neighbouring country, and we are here to claim what belongs to us.
Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa
Royal Barotseland kingdom
Please allow me space to react to the insults hauled upon the Barotse people by Zambia's minister Michael Kaingu during his recent visit to Barotseland where he called the people of Barotseland ungrateful when even dogs show gratitude to their masters for the scraps of food they receive by wagging their tails.
First and foremost,the people of Barotseland are not boot-lickers like the Hon Minister,it is a known fact Mr. Kaingu puts his foot in his mouth every time he speaks and we take strong exception to that kind of insults. If Mr. Kaingu is alluding to the appointment of Mrs. Wina as Vice president,the people of Barotseland have nothing to celebrate about! What is Vice president to Barotseland? You want us to celebrate simply because One Hungry dog is given scraps in Lusaka.
The Minister should understand that we cannot join him in his celebration as we are living in two different times and different places, let him realize that the people of Barotseland cannot celebrate simply because One hungry dog is feeding on scraps from its master's table in Lusaka
The people of Barotseland do not need clowns to come and perform their circus acts mwa Bulozi,as we are faced by real poverty,we are still in mourning as some of people remain missing since January 2011 and others still in Zambia's prisons for simply pressing the fact that Barotseland is a state that deserved to be respected. Mr. Kaingu should take his scraps and bones elsewhere.
Mr. Kaingu sir,the Barotse people do not need scraps from Zambia,they do not need something short of political freedom. What the Barotse people want is freedom! They are not asking to be given a dog's horn,they are simply asking to be given their Birth-right the right to determine their own future and destiny
By:True son and Citizen of the soil of Barotseland, Muyunda Makala
We have said from time to time that no Zambian politician will solve the Barotseland impasse, as they are all one and the same over this matter. No matter what they promise to Barotseland, their ideology is, and will always be that Barotseland never existed or it has no right to exist as a separate state. Their wish is that if this ideology is perpetuated long enough, somehow future generations will never know or believe in the truth that Barotseland existed as a state and nation before Zambia’s 1964 independence.
Therefore, it would be naive for any Lozi to believe that the UPND leader, Hakainde Hichilema or indeed any other Zambian politician, will be any different from the rest of Zambians. Zambian politicians cannot simply be trusted for reasons I will outline below.
Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, the leader of Zambia’s biggest opposition political party was quoted by the Zambian Watchdog as having publicly said on the 11th April 2015, at a campaign rally for his party’s candidate Yamba Yamba for Senga Constituency that,
"The Patriotic Front Regime is going round the country spreading malicious information that once I become President I will divide Zambia and create Barotseland. I want to put it on record that this news is pure propaganda and should be rejected and dismissed with the contempt it deserves. I can’t and will never allow such an evil thing to happen. As far as I know Zambia is one country that should be governed with one heart of One Zambia One Nation.” END QUOTE
His sentiments were also not different from the ones uttered by his vice president, Dr. Canisus Banda, in the run up to the 20th January 2015 presidential by-election, when responding to similar fears by some Zambians that the UPND will allow Barotseland to break away from Zambia. Dr. Canisus Banda then similarly assured Zambians that his party (UPND) believes that Zambia is an indivisible unitary state.
"There were lies going round that if the UPND wins elections they will divide the country by allowing ‘Western province’ (Barotseland) to break away". Dr. Banda had said.
By implication Mr. Hakainde seems to now think that the people of Barotseland are 'evil' since calling for independence of Barotseland is now referred to as an ‘evil thing’? This, therefore, means that the people behind this demand are also evil. We can also go further to assume that should Hakainde win the presidency in Zambia, we should expect continued arrests and killings of the ‘evil’ people of Barotseland.
I wish to put it to Mr. Hakainde that God is watching you for your remarks against people who have been maimed, arrested, tortured, imprisoned and denied justice by Zambia for more than fifty years over the Barotseland issue.
WHY ZAMBIANS CANNOT BE TRUSTED ON BAROTSELAND IMPASSE
Mr. Hakainde like all other Zambian politicians cannot be trusted because of, but not limited to the following reasons:
1. He is insecure to go against the wishes of many Zambians who harbor hatred for this Lozi heritage of Barotseland.
2. He does not want to fall out of favor from the regions that seem to have control over Zambia's majority political vote and the media.
3. He believes in his own thinking, like most Zambians do, that Lozis are the most disorganized people who are easily lured into supporting any Zambian politician during elections.
4. He has less respect for the majority of Lozis due to the support he enjoys from prominent people like Charles Milupi and other elite Lozis whose life and assets are embedded in Zambian politics.
5. He has discovered that anyone in Zambia can call upon the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) and entice the Indunas with silver and gold to betray their people who choose them among many to work as Indunas (councilors) at BRE. We know that poverty and lack of courage is what has characterized our leadership at the BRE for many years now.
These and more other reasons reflect the stance of not only the UPND but all other Zambian political parties at large.
Our question, therefore, is why should any well meaning Mulozi be fooled around to campaign for a Zambian political party in Barotseland? Unless Lozis have been bewitched, if not so, then the people may be lacking leadership guidance from the Monarch (BRA). The monarch and the people should work together and get involved to facilitate the modernization of our own indigenous institutions of governance, and transform them to a constitutional democratic government. Courageous men like Hon. Afumba Mombotwa have already done the difficult part of government formation, when he publicly took oath of office as Administrator General to head a transitional government that he also publicly and courageously announced a day later on the 15th of August 2014, at great sacrifice to his life and that of his colleagues, some of whom are currently incarcerated in Zambian jails without trial.
Therefore, the BRE as the traditional custodian of Barotseland should be ready to transform into a democratic constitutional monarchy, and the rest of the people will reciprocate. Other than this Zambia and Zambian politicians will continue to manipulate the people of Barotseland every which way they like. Take, for instance, how they have continued to manipulate media reports about what goes on in Barotseland! One case in point recently was how disappointing it was to watch Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), 19hrs Prime News, on 12th April, 2015, report the meeting of the KUTA by the Zambian vice president (Hon.Inonge Wina). Clearly that particular news coverage on the meeting was manipulated to make sure the sentiments of the BRE were not aired, confirming my earlier concerns over the Zambian media's stance to black - out our independence resolutions of 2012 BNC, and the current incarceration of activists, including the leaders of the Barotseland transitional government held at Mwembeshi Maximum Zambian State prison.
People may agree with me that at the moment in Barotseland there is no KUTA per say because Kenneth Kaunda stripped the structure that supported the government (KUTA) of Barotseland. If not, to some extent, the Litunga's powers as the authoritative Head or King of Barotseland Monarch were stripped off by the Zambian government and re-aligned the kingdom to chiefdom establishment, under the acts of chiefs and chiefdoms, to the name it bears to date; Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) instead of the Barotse Royal Authority (BRA).
It is, therefore, now up to us Barotse people to stand united and work out modalities for our our Kingdom restoration, and completely do away with Zambian politics or anything constitutional in Zambia. What is surprising is that most of the Lozis who once held high public offices in Zambia are the ones who easily dance to the tune of Zambian bribes! As if this is not enough, they are also even used against their own people!
Barotse people should know once and forever that no Zambian political leader, the UPND leader included, is sending right signals of love and peace to the Barotseland impasse. I strongly urge the BRE and the people of Barotseland to be weary of such leaders whose only aim is to ride over the issue of Barotseland. Our call for self-determination is legitimately valid, and Barotseland does not and should not look-up to any Zambian politician as 'savior' in as far as the issue of Barotseland impasse is concerned. We need to deal with Zambia, as Barotseland, once and for all through legal processes at international courts like ICJ and PCA.
Tukongote Litunga Ni lyetu
By Saleya Kwalombota
WHAT IS TRUTH?
In John 18:37-38 of the Christian Holy scripture we find the following;
"37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered; Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
“38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all."
In other ways (as to John 18:37 - Holy Bible) the reason I was born and came into Barotseland is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.
What is truth? Pilate (Zambia) asks in verse 38.
Truth is that Zambia was built on the foundation of deceit and lies. Truth is that the Bible teaches us that "Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight." - Proverbs 12:22 (Holy Bible)
However, from Mr. Kenneth Kaunda to late Mr. Michael Sata of Zambia, they all lied over the matter of Barotseland. All successive Zambian regimes of Kenneth Kaunda, Fredrick Chiluba, Rupiah Banda and Michael Sata, all arrested the people of Barotseland in connection with the Barotseland issue. It was during Chiluba's tenure of office that the prominent Lozi lawyer Richard Ngenda was assassinated. When Banda's government came to power, security men and women traveled over to Barotseland aiming to kill Barotzish in Mongu in 2011, because they simply wanted to hold a meeting. Unarmed Barotzish citizens were slain. Like Rupiah Banda before him, Mr. Sata ordered his security men to go and kill Barotzish,
“if they say fa, you fire. If they say eni sha, just fire." Sata ordered.
The blood of our brethren slain by Zambia because of Barotseland matters is crying loudly in the yonder shore;
"Vengeance, vengeance, vengeance! How long sovereign Lord will it takes for you to Judge Zambia, and avenge our blood?"
Zambia beguiled Barotseland like a snake in the garden of Eden; visa avis the snake said, "you will not surely die." Similarly Mr Kaunda said, “I assure you Sir Mwanawina III that my Government will not interfere with the internal affairs of Barotseland." Question, was this true? No!
To claim that Barotseland and Zambia merged is a blue lie as no Lawyer, Magistrate or Judge can assert that Barotseland at one time surrendered her sovereignty to Zambia, except a liar.
Zambia will never be able to tell the truth; they are addicted to lies; morning lies, afternoon lies, evening lies. Barotzish entered into a treaty with hypocritical liars whose conscience has been seared as with hot iron. (1 Timothy 4:2 - Holy Bible)
No lawyer, Magistrate or Judge can claim that the revoked Agreement is binding unless he relies on his opinion, and not Law. After arresting grade 7 pupils in Kalabo, among others in 2013 and charged them with treason, Zambia denied having arrested anybody from Kalabo in their Parliament. Liars!
The devil is a murderer from the beginning and does not abide in truth. So is Zambia when she lies. (John 8:44-45 of the Holy Bible). No pastor or preacher can commend or bless liars, unless he is wicked.
Mr. Sata Michael announced publicly at blue gums field in Mongu that, "Linyungandambo are good people, let everybody join them." Hypocritical Police officers were there. This being so, the question is; can any sensible person (police) arrest good people?
By arresting, incarcerating and killing the Barotzish; Zambia thinks they can bury TRUTH, thereby continue to claim and occupy our territory, Barotseland. Those who were maimed, tortured and incarcerated will continue cursing Zambia as long as sunshine, moon and season's exist. May be Dr. Ludwig Sondashi and Dr. Nevers Mumba who are truthful and honest can teach the rest of Zambians on this matter.
Finally, may all the hypocrites note the following:
(i) A fortune made by lying tongue is a fleeting Vapour and a deadly snare viz Proverbs 21:6 (Holy Bible)
(ii) A lying tongue hates those it hurts and a flattering mouth works ruins viz Proverbs 21:28 (Holy Bible)
(iii) These are the things you are to do, "speak the truth to each other and render true sound judgments in your courts. Zechariah 8:16 (Holy Bible)
The truth is that there is no BAROTSELAND IN ZAMBIA BUT IN AFRICA.
Royal Barotseland Kingdom
The world and Africa must face facts, and know that Mr. Kenneth Kaunda is not, and will never be a founding father to Barotseland; the man does not even qualify to be an elderly statesman to Barotseland.
If so, we wish to challenge all the scholars of the world to provide us with answers to the following questions:
i) Where was Mr. Kaunda’s father when King Mulambwa refused slave traders from buying people in Barotseland, but dogs?
ii) Where was Kaunda’s father when Doctor Emil Holub from Czech came to Barotseland in 1873?
iii) Where was Kaunda’s father when King Lewanika negotiated and signed a treaty with Britain?
iv) Does Mr. Kaunda know the resting places of our fore-fathers?
v) Does he know where the tombs of our Kings are?
vi) The game proclamation of 1905 provide a class where Mr. Kaunda’s father could belong?
Mr. Kenneth Kaunda who was born in 1924, (only yesterday) has no room or space in Barotseland History, apart from being a deceiver and author of confusion in Barotseland. “The Litunga shall lose his authority”; declared Kaunda in 1969. Mr. Kaunda created his own chiefs and artificial Kings in Barotseland. Nobody can teach us to forget our history and compel us to adopt history of aliens.
Before 1870, there was no nation called Italy, but small states under the control of Austria. One state emerged as a victor and a Nation of Italy came into being. But for the Barotse Nation was ever there. When King Victor Emanuel of Italy arbitrated at the border dispute of the Portuguese West Africa and Barotseland in 1905, Mr. Kaunda’s birth had not entered into a dream.
Mr. Kaunda signed an agreement with King of Barotseland, and before the ink of his signature had dried up, he abrogated that agreement.
It is Kaunda who declared: “we cannot have a Nation within a Nation” referring to Barotseland.
Are the acts of Mr. Kaunda, acts of the founding father to Barotseland? Certainly not! They are deeds of a destroyer. By the fore-going, it must be clear that to claim that Kaunda is a founding father to our nation is a lie!!!
Only a wicked person listens to deceitful lips; and only a liar pays attention to destructive tongues. Therefore, be aware that Zambia wants to wrap all the Barotzish Nation into a blanket.
Barotseland Administrator General & LINYUNGANDAMBO chairman
The Barotse people are much more than a national State. We are a nation with a population of 5.6 million, having all essential qualities of a nation state. We have our own history, our own language, our own culture, our own land of settlement and our own economic system of life. By nature the Barotzish are quiet, unassuming and peace living people, who uphold the high moral qualities of honesty, purity, brotherly love, co-operative living and loyalty, and are devout in their traditional beliefs.
We strongly believe in the Charter of the United Nations, its Declarations on Human rights, the principle of Self determination and the Democratic Rights of Peoples, which are all causes we are fighting for as well as struggle for survival against national oppression, subjugation, exploitation and domination of the Barotse people by the Zambian rulers. In our march towards our objectives, we shall uphold the principle laid down by the United Nations, its Declarations on Human rights, the principle of Self-Determination and the Democratic Rights of Peoples - all causes for which we are fighting. The fight may be long, hard, and cruel, but we are prepared for all eventualities. To die fighting is better than to live as a subservient citizen of Zambia. But we firmly believe that we shall triumph and be victorious, for our cause is just and righteous, and surely the tyrannical Zambian regime must one day fall.
To us, the independence Zambia gained in 1964 is but domination over Barotseland, the former British protectorate, because Zambia became a quasi protector who, unfortunately, turned out different from the British in that Zambia is treacherous and untrustworthy. It is why Zambia failed to uphold the Barotseland Agreement 1964 treaty that was meant to unite the two former British protectorate territories. We are, therefore, endeavoring to gain a genuine liberty, against the Zambian wishes, on the basis of Liberty, Equality, Self-determination and Social Progress. We desire to live in an independent Barotseland in which the people of Barotseland will be in control of their own resources, and a Barotseland that will be governed in accordance with the wishes of the people of Barotseland, and live peacefully in the eyes of Africa and the world. All the people in Barotseland shall be given democratic, political, economical, social and cultural rights.
The economic policy of the independent Barotseland will be designed and tailored to suit the challenges of the 21st century, and will fully recognize and encourage private ownership and welcome foreign investment in accordance with the National investment policy Act.
To the British Government and the British people, we ask you to stand for justice as we demand for independent Barotseland State. The spirit of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 (BA’64) was not “to throw in our lot with Zambia”. We deeply regretted having had negotiated and signed the BA’64 with Northern Rhodesia now Zambia because of what it has turned Barotseland into today. It was a gesture grossly detrimental to our right of self-determination which has been abused to only condemn us to further oppression.
It is extremely difficult for a republic state (Zambia) and the monarchical nation of Barotseland to co-exist because the two nations have diametrically opposite views, outlooks, attitudes, culture, transition and mentalities, to yoke together. However, differences in nature and mentality are not the main reason for our refusal to throw in our lot with the Zambians, but the betrayal of signing the Agreement and later after Zambia has achieved her independence, only to abrogate it with impunity, leaving us as second class citizens of Zambia.
There are other more important reasons for sticking to our demand for our own state:
1. We are concerned that the tactics of annihilation, absorption and assimilation, which have been practiced by the Zambian government, will be continued as long as the fantasy world of BA’64 lingers within the Zambian power.
2. We are concerned about the post independence abrogating of the BA’64, the agreement that brought the independence of Northern Rhodesia and made Barotseland an integral part of independent Northern Rhodesia (Zambia).
The bitter experiences of the Barotse people throughout our forced assimilation with Zambia has taught us one lesson, that as a nation, unless we control a state of our own, we will never experience a life of peace and decency, free from oppression. The Barotse people will, therefore, not despair but continue to fight for an independent Barotseland diplomatically and peacefully without use of aggressive Acts, but peaceful protests to effect the change and expose the Zambian lies that will show the whole World that the integrity of Zambia is questionable, hence the Barotse people’s desire for a Barotseland state.
We will not relent until Barotseland gains independence and recognized as a 55th African State.
Tukongote Litunga Ni lyetu
Today, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, a time in which we celebrate the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Christ in the dying moments on the cross gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible. As a gesture of good will towards the solution of Barotseland Agreement, I wish to make a passionate humble appeal to his Excellency, President Edgar Lungu, to release the Barotse activists incarcerated in prison. I made the same appeal to the late President Micheal Sata several times and am making the same appeal to President Lungu.
To choose Silence in the face of abuse of human rights is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. To choose not to speak on the imprisonment of Barotse activists is to speak. Not to act is to act.
The way the issue of Barotseland Agreement 1964 is being handled is not correct. Do what the Catholic Bishops advised President Micheal Sata in 2011 and 2012. The prophetic voice of the Church is the voice of God. The path the government has chosen can only be compared to boarding a wrong bus. If you board a wrong bus, it’s no use running along the corridor of the bus in the other direction.
As a Nation we are not simply to bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself. That spoke is truth in the spirit of dialogue. The ultimate test of a moral society in Zambia is the kind of nation that it leaves to its children. Why should every government formed choose to handle this issue of Barotseland wrongly?
Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note, torn in two and burned up, so that it can never be shown against the man.
Surely Mr. President I urge you in the name of Jesus to release our brothers whose incarceration should be brought to an end.