Talks without independence advocates unacceptable - Barotse youths

04 June 2017

The Barotseland National Youth League (BNYL) has warned that any negotiations on the future of Barotseland that do not involve critical stakeholders, such as the liberation movements, will not be acceptable.

This warning came in the wake of the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) – Zambian government (GRZ) initiated negotiation processes over the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964.

“We would like to inform all Barotse Nationals both home and abroad that the Barotse  Royal Establishment has started the process of selecting names of people they want to send to Lusaka to purportedly negotiate with the Zambian Government over the issue of Barotseland Agreement 1964 which is now null and void.”

AND the BNYL have warned that these negotiations the Zambian Government initiated with the BRE not long ago do not mean well because they are reportedly centered on replacing the Barotseland Agreement 1964 with a new agreement intended to completely obliterate the Nation of Barotseland.

“We, therefore, wish to advise the Barotse Royal Establishment to refrain from discussing the issue of the defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964 without the involvement of Leaders of Liberation Movements such as LINYUNGANDAMBO, BNFA and Leaders of the Youth Movements; Barotse Imilemas, Linyungandambo Youth League and Barotseland National Youth League, because these are equal stakeholders in the very important matter of our common heritage, Barotseland.

“In fact, for the sake of peace, we wish to further caution the BRE against discussing the dead 1964 agreement with Zambian authorities while our leaders in the constituted Barotseland government; Hon. Afumba Mombotwa, Pelekelo Likando, Inambao Kalima and other freedom fighters are still serving bogus Zambian prison sentences.

“As far as the Barotse youth movement is concerned, the only reasonable discussions that should take place between Barotseland and Zambia is about PEACEFUL DISENGAGEMENT of the two estranged nations, which we hope will be done under the AUSPICES of the UNITED NATIONS.”

The BNYL concluded by strongly demanding that the Zambian government must henceforth stop all dictatorial tendencies and blatant violation of International laws on treaties and agreements such as the Vienna Convention articles 60 and 70, which states that once a treaty is dishonored, parties to the agreement should refrain from making each other's territory the object of acquisition by means of military occupation or by direct or indirect measure of force.

“To uphold Global peace and security, we as Barotseland National Youth League further demand that the Zambian Government should stop behaving as if it is not aware of the fact that we already have a Government in Barotseland.”

The press statement made available to Barotseland Post for publication was signed by its national leadership; The Chairperson General, Miss Inonge Akatoka and her deputy Mr. Boris Muziba. Others who signed are: Acting General Secretary, Wakunyambo Ilukui, National Coordinator, Mr Sikwibele Wasilota, Legal Affairs and human rights Officer, Miss Lungowe Akamandisa.

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