Media Editor, Barotseland Post
The Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) has opposed the proposal that first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda helps to resolve the issue of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
BNFA first trustee William Harrington says it is unfair for anyone to expect that Dr. Kaunda can help to resolve the impasse over the Barotseland.
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The Limulunga BRE clique, working with their cohorts, Mutungulu Wanga and Nyambe Namushi, have requested the Zambian government to finance a working cash budget of K815, 900.00, in addition to other logistics like vehicles, fully equipped secretariat and legal services, to allegedly mobilize and put up the purported dialogue with the Zambian government over the defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964.
And BRE's Ngambela Nyambe Mwenda has praised the Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu for his willingness to resolve the Barotseland impasse once and for all, but has appealed to the president and his government to quickly help the royal establishment with the cash and logistics requested so that they could immediately organize the dialogue before the Barotse ‘overpowered’ them with opposition.
The people of Barotseland will be shocked to discover that the so-called BRE/GRZ dialogue on Barotseland Agreement 1964 (BA’64) will, in fact, be used to completely wipe out both the 1964 agreement, which gives the region semi-autonomy and the 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) resolutions for Barotseland independence.
BNFA statement on the BRE suggested Dialogue Council
by BNFA Publicity Wing
The Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) cannot and will not take part in the Barotseland Agreement 1964 negotiations proposed by the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE). There is nothing to negotiate about the Barotseland Agreement 1964 as insinuated by the BRE press statement of April 16, 2018. The negotiations were done and concluded before the co-signing of the Agreement. What should have followed was implementation; but the Zambian regime defaulted and legislated against its own obligations.
Zambia’s main opposition leader and presidential challenger, Hakainde Hichilema, has taken a swipe at Zambia’s ruling party and the Republican President, Edgar Lungu, for once again seeking cheap votes from the people of Barotseland by promising that he was going to restore the defunct pre-independence Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
Addressing a press conference at the UPND secretariat in Lusaka yesterday (Wednesday), on the serious matter of uncovered sinister plans by the PF led government to convert all customary land into State land and later abolish chiefdoms and traditional leadership in Zambia, the UPND leader warned that the Patriotic Front government was once again trying to deceive the Lozi people in order to gain votes from the contested territory.