“There was definitely a clash in customs, which ceremony organizers admitted proved a challenge, but in the end, each side had to make some compromise.”
HISTORY was yesterday made at Mkaika, capital of the Chewa people in Katete, when the East met the West during the Kulamba traditional ceremony of the Chewa people of Eastern Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
The historical moment was as epic as sunrise meeting sunset, all in one place, as the Litunga would later describe the moment.
Independence will instantly create many thousands of Barotse jobs as Barotseland must establish not only its own civil and public service but also its military and defense forces such as the national police, the army, air and marine forces, the Royal Barotseland Government (RBG), also known as the Barotseland Transition Government (BTG), has assured in its latest feature.
Responding to a media query, the BTG has, however, warned that these jobs will only be possible under Barotseland independence and not under treacherous new agreements or the restoration of the dead 1964 agreement which the Zambian government is reportedly proposing to sign with the King of Barotseland arbitrarily and with only a clique of Barotse elites' involvement intended to perpetuate Barotseland’s subjugation under Zambia.
“Complete self-determination is the only guarantee to Barotseland’s development and jobs as, without it, Barotseland will perpetually depend on Zambia for its civil and military services, among all else, and Barotse people will continue to suffer unemployment and underdevelopment due to Zambian colonization disguised as a unitary state!”
A Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) insider in the ongoing dialogue preparations has revealed that President Lungu wants the Litunga to use arbitrary powers to enforce the government agenda over Barotseland, promising him increased military protection against any possible uprising!
According to the BRE insider, Lungu is very frustrated that it is not easy to carry out his unpopular plans over the region because of its style of governance which places a lot of powers in the people!
“The president insists that the Litunga, as King, should be able to simply issue decrees and the people must be made to obey his decrees,” said the insider close to the on-going preparations for the proposed dialogue now slated for September.
“The president keeps saying that the Litunga is the only government recognized authority in Barotseland and no one else should matter in this case!”
The Royal Barotseland Government (RBG), also known as the Barotseland Transitional Government (BTG), has advised Barotse citizens, especially the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE), to stop fraternizing with the Zambian government for Barotseland’s total self-determination to be realized.
Responding to a media query, the BTG said it was now clear that the Zambian government had lost all its legal rights over Barotseland after they unilaterally abrogated the 1964 Barotseland Agreement through their 1969-1970 constitutional changes.
“It was actually that agreement which gave them such rights, but now that Barotseland had already accepted its abrogation, there no longer exists any national-state relationship between the two territories other than social and geographical neighborliness, and a mere conditioning of the minds!” read their response in part.
The Zambian Watchdog has featured the below article to remind its readers what the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) once said about the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) is a professional corporate body established in 1973 by the Law Association of Zambia Act, Chapter 31 of the Laws of Zambia. Its predecessor was the Law Society of Zambia which was established by the Law Society of Zambia (Private) Act Chapter 47 of the repealed Edition of the Laws of Zambia.
The association represents the legal profession in Zambia and currently has a membership of more than 1,000 legal practitioners and advises the Zambian government and public on legal matters.
From this legal expose’ it will be clearly deduced that the current ongoing aspirations of the people of Barotseland are very legitimate! Therefore, the Zambian state is well advised to heed sound legal admonition before the Barotseland debacle escalates into civil war!
Many Zambians ignorant of what a Kingdom really is are often heard mocking Barotse people for aspiring to separate from their so-called democratic state, Zambia, to be ruled by a King in Barotseland, which they assume is an ‘archaic’ system of government synonymous with dictatorship.
First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda has been urged to seriously consider playing a role in resolving the issue of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
Civil Rights Activist Brebner Changala thinks that Zambia must utilize the opportunity it still has to resolve the Barotseland Agreement issue while Dr. Kaunda who was a signatory to it is still alive.
President Edgar Lungu has been called upon to caution Zambians in diplomatic service to desist from commenting on the issue of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
The Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) is concerned that careless statements on the Agreement by Zambia’s ambassadors and high commissioners, if not handled well, can be a source of conflict.
The Zambian government is to lodge an official complaint to the South African government and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in particular over a program that featured two members of the Linyungandambo Youth League, a freedom fighting movement advocating for the independence of Barotseland (Western Province) from Zambia.
In 2015, then as a presidential candidate without campaign money or access to government resources after Acting President Guy Scott vowed not to use government resources for the ruling party’s campaigns, Edgar Chagwa Lungu was reported by the popular online publication, Zambian Watchdog, to have sought some campaign financing from a Nigerian oil firm in exchange for concessions in mineral rights, oil and gas explorations in Barotseland.
Zambian minister in charge of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Jean Kapata, told Parliament on Tuesday 17th July 2018 that the draft Land policy currently under consideration by her Ministry does not apply to Western Province (Barotseland).
Responding to a question on whether the land policy covers all parts of Zambia, Kapata reiterated her earlier explanation to the house that the land policy does not apply to Barotseland.
A few weeks ago Kapata responded to a similar question and when queried as to why the land policy only applied to 9 provinces, she responded that the Zambian constitution was very clear that Barotseland has its own land administration different from the rest of Zambia.
To ensure a less hostile reception for Zambia’s President Lungu as he visits Barotseland this weekend, the Livingstone Magistrate court has granted bail to the nine Barotse who were kept incarcerated for a month without trial or bail hearing for a charge of unlawful assembly.