Deputy Speaker in Zambian Parliament forbids Parliamentarians from mentioning Barotseland!

13 December 2018

Sikongo Constituency Member of Parliament Mundia Ndalamei has observed that the amended Zambian constitution has brought confusion in Barotseland as it undermines the Litunga and contradicts the House of Chiefs guidelines on recognition of Chiefs in Barotseland.

And Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Wednesday afternoon attempted to stop parliamentarians from Western Province from mentioning the name ‘Barotseland.’

Contributing to debate on estimates of expenditure for 2019 under the Office of the President (Western Province) Mr Ndalamei explained that for one to be a chief in Barotseland such a one must be recognised by the Litunga of Barotseland adding that Barotseland was a Kingdom and not a chiefdom.

He pointed out that currently there is tension in the region owing to article 165 of the Amended constitution of Zambia which refers to recognition of chiefs.

The Article is directly targeted at the Litunga and states that “Parliament shall not enact legislation which’:

In (a) Confers on a person or authority the right to recognise or withdraw the recognition of a chief.”

Deputy Speaker Malama then interjected Mr Ndalamei and told him not to mention the name of Barotseland in Parliament.

‘We don’t have Barotseland which one can refer to officially here, ‘Deputy Speaker Malama said.

Mr Ndalamei explained that currently there are some chiefs in Barotseland who are not recognised by the Litunga and the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) yet are recognised by the Zambian government but the Deputy Speaker again interjected him arguing that government was not involved.

Ndalamei stressed that for the first time there was fighting in Limulunga and if the government was taking the situation lightly they will soon realise.

He reminded the house that in 2011 the PF promised to restore the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 and again in 2016 the PF promised the BRE that if they campaigned for the PF in Western province the government would engage in dialogue on the Barotseland Agreement but now the government is arresting people who remind them of their promise adding that people have been arrested and killed.

The Deputy Speaker interjected Ndalamei again claiming that no one has been arrested or killed but Ndalamei responded angrily and produced a document with names of people arrested and killed in Western Province over the Barotseland matter.

‘I can lay it on the table here, this document was prepared by the Barotse National Freedom Alliance, Linyungandambo and Barotse Freedom Movement, I can lay it on the table you go through,’ Mr Ndalamei said as he laid the document on the table.

Lukulu East lawmaker Dr Christopher Kalila then joined in the debate and pointed out that Western Province was very important to the history of Zambia because the country was created out of a marriage by Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia.

Dr Kalila went on to quote from a statement that was recently issued by the Acting Ngambela of Barotseland in which it was stated that the general feeling of the people in the region was that Barotseland had been sidelined by the Zambian government and developmental projects are deliberately stalled.

SOURCE: Zambian Watchdog

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