On the specific reasons why the BRE had resolved not to support the National Dialogue Forum resolutions, the King’s Prime Minister singled out ARTICLE 149 which gives unilateral powers to the president to create, divide or merge provinces without the approval of Parliament and the Traditional Authorities.
This, the Ngambela fears, will have a direct negative bearing on the Barotse traditional governance system because a Zambian President with such excessive powers might use it to the alienation of parts of Barotseland which could be merged with land outside the jurisdiction of His Majesty the Litunga.
“ARTICLE 149 – This article is being amended to give the President unilateral powers to create, divide or merge provinces without the approval of Parliament and the Traditional Authorities.
“This excessive power may be used to the alienation of parts of Barotseland and merge them with land outside the jurisdiction of His Majesty the Litunga!” stated the Ngambela.
The BRE has since encouraged the withdrawal of these proposals for the preservation of peace and order in the land.
The Constitutional Amendment Bill 2019 was the outcome of a controversial National Dialogue Forum (NDF) which excluded many stakeholders such as the church mother bodies, the main opposition political party and traditional authorities such as the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) among others!
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