As Barotsepost.com turns 2 years this 24th June, we wish to sincerely thank all of you our news readers and followers for your continued support throughout this challenging year and beyond. It was indeed your encouragement that made us through trying times in the year gone. The Year was undoubtedly very challenging, however, we managed to achieve some milestones, and all thanks to your loyal support.
When we set out two years ago little did we realize the timeliness of our entrance on the news media landscape for the Barotse audience, home and abroad, as well as the rest of the world beyond the citizenry of Barotseland. Ours is an effort to interrogate, expose and follow authentic developing stories around Barotseland, an emerging nation that the world now somewhat understands a little more clearly than when we first started, two years ago. There is no doubt that information about this little known story abounds now more than even two years ago. We only hope we have been a great contribution to the distribution of that information, and hopefully you our audience have found our stories and news most helpful in your understanding of what is really obtaining in Barotseland.
Over this year, we have achieved some milestones that we consider significant in spite of the challenges faced in our work. With you unwavering support our audience has grown to milestones averaging now 3 - 4 million hits per month on this platform alone with over 30,000 - 40,000 new visits monthly largely coming in from search engines and direct entries from uniquely new IP locations.
According to Awstats reports, among the top 25 countries visiting our web sites, which accounted for over 80% of our captured audience on Barotsepost alone are:
United States, Great Britain, Poland, Finland, China, Ukraine, Zambia, Germany, Turkey, France, Canada, Sweden, Netherlands, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Namibia, Russian Federation, Kenya, Austria, Australia, Romania, Botswana, Estonia, Mauritius and Others.
Of course we have received an equally tremendous follower-ship on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, especially that these social platforms became the only platform that we could largely reach our Zambian audience after our Barotsepost.com and RadioBarotseland.com were blocked from access through main ISPs in Zambia by the Zambian government from the 10th of September 2013 last year to about March this year when partial access was allowed. It is Sad to note, though, that from mid May to-date, access has once again been denied completely. We are however, grateful that our Zambian audience can still access our platforms from social media as well as through proxy avoidance websites and software, without much difficulty.
We also wish to note, with sadness, that our platform continued to receive inhibitions also in that some people were arrested for having been found with news excerpts allegedly down loaded from Barotsepost.com although these articles were not in themselves seditious in any way as most of the materials used on Barotsepost.com is what already exists in the public domain.
Barotsepost or its associated platforms do not promote propaganda or malice but seeks only to report that which is historically, politically and socially true about the people of Barotseland, and their aspirations for Self-Determination emanating from the failure by successive Zambian governments to honour the Barotseland Agreement of 1964, which agreement was signed regarding the position of Barotseland within independent Northern Rhodesia (to be named Zambia at independence) which was concluded and signed at the commonwealth Relations office on 18th May, 1964 by Dr.K.D.Kaunda, Prime Minister of Northern Rhodesia, by Sir Mwanawina Lewanika III,K.B.E Litunga, King of Barotseland and by the Right Honourable Duncan Sandys (M.P) Secretary of State for common wealth Relations and for the colonies signifying the approval of Her Majesty the queen of England’s UK Government.
Mr. Waluka Mubita is currently still on trial and detention for having been found with copies of the Barotseland Agreement 1964, The Zambian Constitution Review Executive Summary Report, and the Barotseland National Anthem Lyric (allegedly downloaded from Barotsepost), documents that are very much in the public domain, which Zambia state police have extra judicially deemed ‘seditious’!
Sadly, also, were three (3) Barotse nationals picked up in Livingstone on Sunday of 8th September 2013 for being in possession of news articles they allegedly downloaded from www.barotsepost.com . The three were immediately taken into police custody and upon interrogation one was set free while two were transported to Mongu Central police over seditious or possibly treasonous charges.
The two transferred to Mongu were a Mr. Akakandelwa Erick and a Pastor Matongo, while a Mr. Muyunda was released.
Our commitment going forward is to grow even bigger in our service to you. As such a new and bigger Barotsepost.com web site will be launched soon to cover more sectors of Barotseland, such as Business, Economy, Agriculture, Mining, the Environment, Arts and culture, among many other thematic areas.
Finally, we wish to thank the different interest groups of Barotseland such as the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE), the liberation movements; The Linyungandambo, BFM (Barotseland Freedom), MOREBA (Movement for the Restoration of Barotseland), Barotseland National Youth League, Barotse National Youth League, BI (Barotse Imilema), to mention but a few, as well as individual activists who have allowed us to freely cover their activities, in their individual groupings as well as through their collective membership under the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) whose leadership we are greatly thankful to.
We may have fallen short in some ways, but our commitment was and is always to do our very best as we offer our service to them and Barotseland.
The Afumba Mombotwa led Barotseland transitional government (whose banner and support we operate under) deserve our sincere gratitude for giving us the opportunity and liberty to cover authenticated developing stories around Barotseland and beyond, without their censorship or inhibition. We are truly enjoying 'freedom of the Press' under their guidance and support.
To our many editors, contributors, volunteers and news writers we wish to say, 'What would we do without them?' Though too numerous to mention by name, our prayer is that they will not only continue offering their service to Barotseland but also that more and more volunteers will come on board so that Barotsepost can truly expand and grow as we offer another year of service to not only Barotseland but the whole world and humanity at large.
Tukongote! Litunga Nilyetu
Barotsepost - The Independent Post of Barotseland Team
God Bless all our readers and Followers!