Three Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) Indunas, Kalonga (Mr. Lubasi Nalishua), Katema (Mr. Mowa Zambwe) and Isineke Namuyumba (Mr. Dominic Lisulo), have set off to Lusaka to allegedly ‘mislead’ the Zambian presidency that their mission of trying to convince Barotse into dropping the Barotseland ‘independence’ cause has been successful.
But the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) has cautioned that the three Induna will be delivering a report not backed by actual facts on the ‘ground,’ and that nobody supports their personal agenda of restoring the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964, effectively putting aside the March 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) resolutions of a totally self-determined Barotseland.
The three are reported to have travelled to Lusaka from Mongu yesterday, 24th March, 2016 on a mission to deliver a letter intended to misinform the Zambian president, Edgar Lungu, that the people of Barotseland have agreed to stop the case of Barotseland’s self determination.
The three have been trotting Barotseland the last part of 2015 until now, in the name of collecting views from the District Kuta, but almost all the Kutas they visited rejected their innuendoes firmly stating that they wish to stand by the resolutions made by the people of Barotseland through the BNC of 27th March, 2012, which unanimously elected for Barotseland independence from Zambia.
Accordingly, not even the Namuso Kuta (BRE kuta at Limulunga) have blessed their trip, except for the embattled Imwiko Lubosi II who is alleged to be aware of the trip and allowed it for personal preservation and personal profit.
But Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) Chairman General, Clement W. Sinyinda, has written the Zambian president cautioning him that any efforts made to try and address the Barotseland question devoid of inclusiveness, such as the one just undertaken by the three indunas were bound to fail.
“As you know, the Barotse government is one that is open, where major decisions are made publicly in broad daylight (like was the March 2012 BNC). Therefore, the Zambian government has been well advised to adopt a wide consultative approach embracing all major stake holders as opposed to selective engagements with only a handful of aristocrats who do not even represent the aspirations of the people if indeed they mean well and intend to find an amicable solution to the Barotseland question.
“Anything else will not do,” cautioned Hon. Sinyinda, stating clearly that the people of Barotseland considered the March 2012 BNC sacred so much that deviating from them would be the same as treachery and betrayal of the highest order.
The BNFA letter to the Zambian presidency was delivered and received by state house yesterday.
President Lungu of Zambia has not set foot in the disputed 'western province' since assuming office in January, 2015 last year, despite having visited all other provinces of Zambia, with others having been visited more than four times already.