The Barotseland National Freedom Alliance has devised an agenda to form what they will call Barotse Transitional Authority, which according to them should be the official authority to implement the 2012 Barotse National Council resolutions 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, and not the Afumba led transitional government.
In 2013 when Linyungandambo, the leading Independence advocates and the majority in grass root membership proposed a transitional government that would implement the BNC resolutions, some liberation movements, mainly the MOREBA leadership, and other leaders of the BFM, and the Barotse Imilemas refused to support and join the transitional government, claiming that it would be “Illegal” as Zambian security forces and Lusaka administration still occupied Barotseland. Instead, they opted to form the Barotse National Freedom Alliance, BNFA, which would be under the leadership of Hon. Clement W. Sinyinda, who had just resigned his traditional Prime minister role of Ngambela, to join the activist movement.
Upon assuming BNFA, leadership Hon. Sinyinda and his BNFA announced and disassociated himself and his group from the ‘illegal’ Afumba-led government, and instead announced to the whole world through popular Zambian media that he and his group would seek to liberate Barotseland through more ‘peaceful’ and ‘legal’ ways, rather that Unilateral Declaration of Independence, UDI, espoused by the Linyungandambo entity, a move that surprised other activists as Hon. Sinyinda was the one who had read out, in his capacity as Ngambela, the March 27th BNC resolutions that declared Barotseland independence.
However, in this latest move the BNFA seek the blessing and the corporation of the Barotse Royal Establishment, BRE, who the BNFA propose to front, as a way of legitimizing this agenda.
In releasing, this agenda to this publication, a highly placed BRE source was highly suspicious and surprised by this latest move by the BNFA, saying that he wished the BNFA would be more sincere and more open with their real agenda for Barotseland, because so far they had flouted too many differing road-maps on what they wished to attain for Barotseland. Simply, the official said, most BRE leadership are not buying this agenda as the BNFA have proved lack of clarity on Barotseland matters compared to their Linyungandambo counterpart, who have consistently stated and acted out their plans for Barotseland.
Accordingly, the BNFA was to host, under the auspices of the BRE, a Barotse National Council or conference from the 26th- 27th March, 2015 at Lealui/Limulunga, whose agenda would be among other things;
• To devise and approve terms of reference for the organs of the Barotse Transitional Authority.
• To select or nominate the members of the Katengo stipulated in the terms of reference.
• To appoint a working party for the constitution of Barotseland.
• To appoint members of the Board of Revenue Collection for Barotseland.
• To elect the Speaker and Deputy Speaker (Chairman and Vice-Chairman) of the Katengo.
• To appoint a secretariat to undertake the day to day functions of the BTA who shall include the head of the Secretariat and the Clerk of the Katengo.
• To appoint a Permanent Team of negotiators to the formal disengagement process with the Government of Zambia.
• To ratify or approve the members of the Ngambela’s Cabinet.
• To appoint a judiciary working party to separate the functions of the Kuta from the Executive functions and day to day administration.
• To appoint any other relevant organs to facilitate the smooth implementation of the BNC Resolutions of March 2012.
In his further objection to the BNFA proposals the BRE source, who spoke on condition of anonymity as the matter was still under discussion, said that they were further surprised that, apart from minor deviations, the BNFA outlined proposal, is a replication of what the Afumba led transitional government has already done or are already doing.
"We know for instance that the Afumba government has a transitional constitution signed for by over 20000 people sent to UNPO, UN and other organizations, we know there is a penal code, 10 year development plan, a constituent assembly,etc. So are we going to have two governments in one country?" asked the bewildered BRE official.
The BNFA have lately come under fire for wanting to rewrite the history of Barotseland struggle, by deleting or erasing everything others have done and attribute credit only to the BNFA and Sinyinda as if BRE or Afumba or Linyungandambo have never existed, all because they claim to be the 'Umbrella and Mother Body of all activist groups', a situation that is not true as the Linyungandambo, BNYL, BNC and others are not officially members of BNFA.
To this effect they almost replaced the petition at the African Union to read BNFA Vs Zambia, rather than The Ngambela of Barotseland and Others Verses Zambia, had it not been the insistence of the African Union Commission of Human Rights that the petition remains unchanged. They have also successfully deleted any mention of Afumba Mombotwa and his transitional government and replaced it with the BNFA and Sinyinda, replaced every reference of Barotsepost by the BNFA web site on the UNPO web site as well as on all Wikipedia web sites so that, before long, the history of Barotseland will only have BNFA and Sinyinda.
However, it is highly unlikely that the proposed agenda will proceed as the BRE have shown no willingness to hold such conference.
The proposed agenda as submitted to this publication by our BRE sources is as below:
Barotse National Freedom Alliance
PROPOSAL TO IMPLEMENT THE BAROTSE TRANSITIONAL AUTHORITY
TO TAKE OVER THE FUNCTIONS OF THE BAROTSE NATIONAL FREEDOM ALLIANCE!
To establish a full time and mandated institution for the implementation of Resolutions 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the Barotse National Council held on 26-27th March, 2012 comprising the following administrative and policy governing organs:
. The Privy Council
. The Katengo Council
. The Ngambela’s Cabinet
. The Secretariat
SCOPE OF WORK
. To determine the best ways of promoting and affecting a popularly elected Katengo (Parliament/ Legislative Assembly) for Barotseland.
. To write an interim constitution for the democratic governance of Barotseland during and after the transition period.
. To establish a revenue collection body to support the Legislative Assembly and executive function for the governance of Barotseland.
. To organize, supervise and manage the elections of the Katengo based on universal suffrage of county (silalo) representation.
. To inaugurate the Katengo and dissolve the Barotse Transitional Authority at the close of the Transitional period.
. To devise and approve terms of reference for the organs of the Barotse Transitional Authority.
. To select or nominate the members of the Katengo stipulated in the terms of reference.
. To appoint a working party for the constitution of Barotseland.
. To appoint members of the Board of Revenue Collection for Barotseland.
. To elect the Speaker and Deputy Speaker (Chairman and Vice-Chairman) of the Katengo.
. To appoint a secretariat to undertake the day to day functions of the BTA who shall include the head of the Secretariat and the Clerk of the Katengo.
. To appoint a Permanent Team of negotiators to the formal disengagement process with the Government of Zambia.
. To ratify or approve the members of the Ngambela’s Cabinet.
. To appoint a judiciary working party to separate the functions of the Kuta from the Executive functions and day to day administration.
. To appoint any other relevant organs to facilitate the smooth implementation of the BNC Resolutions of March 2012.
DATE OF CONFERENCE 26th- 27th March, 2015
VENUE Lealui/ Limulunga
DURATION 2 days
. Namuso (Saa ni Siikalo) 10 Delegates
. District Kutas 30 Delegates (5 Indunas each)
. Silalo Indunas 35 Delegates (5 from each district)
. BNFA Executive 15 Delegates
. Constituent Parties 20 Delegates (5 from each Party)
. Female Delegates 35 Delegates (5 from each Party)
. Youth Delegates 35 Delegates (5 from each Party)
. Royal Family 5 Delegates
. Technocrats 10 Delegates
. Diaspora Delegates 10 Delegates
Total 205 Delegates
Transport for Delegates K40, 000.00
Accommodation K20, 000.00
Food for Delegates K15, 000.00
Stationery K5, 000.00
Total Cost K80, 000.00
Notes on costs:
We suggest that each constituent Kuta and Party should fund the transport component for its delegates estimated at about K200 return for each delegate. The BNFA should source funds for food, accommodation and stationery.
The number of delegates should provide sufficient room to elect/ nominate members of the governing organs comprised in the BTA from among those attending the meetings.
Costs for accommodation and transport may be scaled down through solicitation of donations and patriotism from invited participating organs.
13th February, 2015