The Gospel according to Saint Matthew Chapter 25 verses 41 to 45 record s Jesus Christ’s teaching as follows :
“ For I was hungry, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. ” ( KJV)
Does this sound as one of those Sabbath or Sunday sermons in one of our local churches? Nay, this a preamble to a response to the recent calls from three mother church bodies in the failed unitary state of Zambia comprised of the Council of Churches of Zambia (CCZ), Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) and the Episcopal Conference of Zambia (ZEC) for dialogue over the now defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964 (BA ’ 64) (Daily Nation, Wednesday, 29th October 2014). These are calls from hypocrites , misrepresenting the name of Jesus and the church. The bear facts are hereunder :
The BA ’ 64 unilaterally abrogated by the Kaunda regime was an international treaty that allowed Barotseland and the rest of Northern Rhodesia to proceed to independence as one country called Zambia. In 1969, the Kaunda regime annulled the unity treaty, which action led to arrests of several people of Barotseland who protested against his actions . Since then the people of Barotseland tried in vain to restore the BA ’ 64 . The least successive Zambian governments could do was to kill, mutilate and send more than 500 Barotseland nationals to prison over tramped up crimes.
We are telling representatives from the so called three mother churches bodies from the failed unitary state of Zambia once and for a ll that in as far the people s of Barotseland are concerned, they represent the oppressive state of Zambia and the matter of the BA ’ 64 was shunted to the back yard on 27th March 2012. In other words, it is a dead issue. On the 27th of March the people of Barotseland resolved as follows :
“ The people of Barotseland shall exercise their right to revert to its original status as a sovereign nation, so that the people of Barotseland shall determine their political, cultural, social and economic development. ”
T his resolution was cemented by a letter dated 12th May 2012 to the late President of the failed unitary state of Zambia Michael Sata from the Ngambela of Barotseland (Prime Minister) under the subject: RECOGNITION AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE REPUDIATION OF THE BAROTSELAND AGREEMENT 1964 BY THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT.
On the basis of the BNC resolution s , the people of Barotseland took noble and civilized steps to put the Barotse impasse to rest. These include:
1. Affiliating to the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples organization (UNPO) ;
2. Petitioning the Banjul based Africa Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) ; and
3. Inviting the then President of Zambia (Sata) to sign a Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) submission agreement
Unfortunately, these initiatives were treated like child play whereby today some people under sheep skin are making noise about dialogue over the Barotseland impasse . What kind of misguided thinking and foolishness is this? What is even more frustrating is that calls for dialogues are coming from agents of the oppressive regime . Surely, how does one, expect the people of Barotseland to take serious, a person who stole a motor vehicle at a tender age – and asks for forgiveness for stealing the motor vehicle while taking possession of the stolen motor vehicle and that he be allowed to be in charge of running your affairs . Come on guys we are not jokers. You have pushed us too far
‘Do not throw stones if you live in a glass house, ’ so goes an old adage. It is clear from your persistent loud crying that you are simply acting your ‘ master’s voice. ’ Let it be known by you and your sponsors that the matter of Barotseland ’ s self - determination is real and will not die away like you and me. If you are truly peace - makers (bayahi ba kozo) that you claim to be, why don ’ t you assist the Patriotic Front (PF) and the rest of Zambia to resolve their succession wrangles — is it because you cannot see them even where it is clear to blind person? What hypocrisy?
I question the three mother bodies in regard to the now defunct BA ’ 64 as follows :
1. What did you say to Kaunda, when he , in 1969 before and beyond embarked on a destructive path to destroy the very foundation of the so called unitary state of Zambia?
2. Did you not hear the people of Barotseland seek the matter of the BA ’ 64 respected since 196 5 ?
3. Where were you when in January 2012 Zambia n government unleashed armed police , killed , injured and arrest ed Barotse nationals ?
4. Where were you when Barotse people were suffering in Zambia prisons over the past 50 years? “ in prison, and ye visited me not
5. What advice did you render to the late Sata when his government lamentably failed to submit counter evidence to the Barotse forensic evidence contained in the Petition before ACHPR for close to two years now?
6. Why did you not prevail over the late Sata and his government to take advantage of the Barotse initiated PCA process to resolve the Barotse impasse ?
7. Why did you remain mute when Sata and Kabimba (the latter then as PF Secretary General) threw unwarranted scone on Dr. Rodger Chongwe and his team of Commissioners for the report on the so called Mongu riots of 14th January 2012 o r the release of the Rodger Chongwe Commission Inquiry Report?
8. Where were you when Sata transgressed on the Ten Commandments?
9. Where were you when Zambia acquired fighter Jets and intimidated the Barotse peoples ?
10. Why were you silent when the Post Newspaper insulted the leaders of the New Apostolic Church in Barotseland for building a show piece church in Malengwa ?
The answer to all the above question s is summed up by the teaching of Lord Jesus when he addressed the Jews, in John Chapter 8 verses 39 – 44:
“ They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself , but he sent me. Why d o ye not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. ” (KJV)
Again, this article is far from being a Sabbath or Sunday sermon but simply an attempt to bring to the fore the behaviour of hypocrites who claim to say or do things in the name of the Christ Jesus or the Church. Th e hypocrisy in them is so deep that they lamentably fail to see ‘ wood for trees. ’
In addition, let the people at the Daily Nation know that I do not agree with them when they said in their paper’s editorial of 29th October 2014 that dialogue over the BA’64 is vital; thus categorically agreeing with calls of the three mother church bodies. I don ’ t agree because the people of Barotseland put the matter of the Agreement behind them way back in M arch 2012. As has been said already, the BA’64 is a dead issue. Moreover, Barotseland has since taken her case to the international level thereby rendering domestic engagements redundant and irrelevant. I am consoled that we all pray to the same God – the same one who referring to the children of Israel when in Egypt said: “ I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey ............” Exodus 3: 7 - 8 (KJV)
My plea to the people of Barotseland is not to waste time with these jokers. You cannot afford to fall over each other when you are fighting to free your country. YES, Bulozi ki NAHA and KINAKO. I urge all the people of Barotseland through the Barotse Government (not Barotse Royal Establishment — a term erroneously introduced by Kaunda) and the Barotse National Freedom Alliance not to relent in actualizing Barotseland statehood . I challenge the three mother church bodies, as a matter of priority , request whoever will succeed Late President Sata to sign the PCA submission agreement and vacate Barotseland within one week of his/he r inauguration. This is so because the matter of the Total Emancipation of Barotseland is IMMINENT.
KI NAKO. TUKONGOTE
A Zambian parliamentarian has observed that late president Michael Sata used the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 to ascend to power.
Mazabuka Central United Party for National Development (UPND) Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo told the Zambian parliament Wednesday afternoon that the results of the lies on the Barotseland Agreement were now clear for everybody to see.
And former Zambian information minister Vernon Mwaanga has said that the new Zambian government that will be elected during the January 2015 presidential by-election should engage into dialogue with the Barotse Royal Establishment over the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
Each time there is a presidential election Zambian politician’s raise the Barotseland Agreement 1964 issue to win votes in Barotseland. With an impending presidential by – election within 90 days of late president Michael Sata’s death this matter will once again be a campaign issue. What is not clear yet is whether Barotse citizens will entertain Zambian electioneering, with Barotseland independence activists already calling for the total snubbing of the by-election.
Although Barotseland declared independence from Zambia in 2012, her processes of citizenship, like many other government institutions, are not yet finalized, and Zambia administration still holds control of the territory, and do not spare a moment to show just how much in control they still are, with thousands of military and security operatives camped all over Barotseland, besieging the emerging country.
The Barotseland Agreement that was signed between Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia in 1964 to form Zambia was abrogated in 1969 by Zambia, and on 27th March 2012, Barotseland resolved to accept the abrogation and revert to her previous status following unheeded pleas by Barotseland authorities for Zambia to restore the defunct treaty.
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Breaking the taboos in this regard is necessary in a debate that deals increasingly with the results of political liberation, analyses the concept of solidarity, and marks the end of the cultivation of “heroic narratives”.
The struggle for political liberty for our people in Barotseland is so great that the triumph over Zambia's fascism alone is worth the sacrifice of our lives, when we successfully hosted the historic Barotse National Council of 2012 against the authoritarian, undemocratic and uncivilized Zambian law. We are determined to work for our freedom today and not tomorrow by accelerating our independence actualization action plans in place.
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Barotseland was recognized as an independent State for five centuries, but made the mistake of signing a treaty guaranteeing it autonomy within an independent State of Zambia in 1964. Within a year of independence, the dictatorial tendencies of Zambia's first President, Kenneth Kaunda had already emerged, and he ignored the terms of the Barotseland Agreement 1964, destroying the institutions of Barotseland, removing Barotseland from the Constitution, and even "annulling" the act of Parliament that granted independence to Zambia since it mentioned Barotseland. To add insult to injury, President Kaunda changed the name of the Barotseland region to the generic "Western Province," in an attempt to destroy all memory of Barotseland.
There are three types of societies manifesting three forms of power, comprise three general social structures of expectations. My special concern is with such societies in the form of states. A state is a formal group that is sovereign over its members and occupies a well defined territory. It is the formal apparatus of authoritative roles and law norms through which that sovereignty is exercised.
There are three methods by which states are classified and these are;
1. Monolithic state
2. Unitary state
3. Federal state
The definitions are as follows;
1. MONOLITHIC STATE
These are which are formed out of single entities which are not linked to some other segments. Examples are, Angola, Ecuador, Zimbabwe, Yemen, Romanian, France, Haiti, etc.
One common feature of these states is that they are indivisible because they are unbreakable.
2. UNITARY STATE
These are States which are formed by more than one segment which could be two, three or more which come about due to negotiations which seek to unify their different countries. In a unitary state the local governments (if there are any) have been set up under statute law, and are in effect delegated to run certain services on behalf of a central government. Examples are; The United Arab Emirate, The United Kingdom, Tanzania, etc.
One fascinating prodigy about these States is that they are breaking and divisible if the conditions that brought them up are not followed.
3. FEDERAL STATE
These States are formed out of the desire of the people to amalgamate their States and these could be two, three or more. In a federal state there is a constitutional right for local governments to act in specified areas, such as legislation. Examples are, Nigeria, United States of America, etc.
Like the Unitary States, they are also subject to disintegration if the conditions which brought them into being are not observed.
Zambia's draft constitution has this to say under part II, sovereignty ;
"(3) The Republic is a unitary, indivisible, multiethnic, multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-cultural and multiparty democratic State.
(4) The Republic shall not be ceded, in whole or in part.
(5) The Republic may enter into a union or other form of inter-state organisation, which action shall not be construed as ceding the Republic." end of quote.
The above quotes defines why Barotseland is not part of Zambia, if Zambia was a unitary state it would have not mentioned that it is indivisible only monolithic states fits such statement as elaborated under monolithic state in this article. The draft constitution further mentions of the Republic not to be ceded in part or a whole, what a contradiction?
Zambia can not claim to be a unitary state when on the other hand claims to be indivisible, how can it be? This clearly elaborates Zambia's fascism and lack of understanding of international law and politics. How can unitary exist, when it is monolithic state in nature since the abrogation of union treaty (BA64) in 1969, the act that ceded Barotseland from Zambia? There draft constitution even failed to define the extent boundaries of the territory of Zambia! This and other conflicting clauses reflects the high level of intellectual fabric degradation in the Zambian political players and law makers. If their aim was targeted at completely wiping Barotseland's autonomy, it is too late and we are miles ahead of them.
We will not succumb to fake unitary claims, Zambia and Barotseland are different sister countries. Barotseland has moved from just being an instinct nation to a state and is constructing social systems that will bring fortune, power and territorial supremacy -a geo-economic phenomenon.
Tukongote Litunga Ni lyetu. Barotseland ki Naha.
By Saleya Kwalombota
BARCELONA — Defying legal and political objections from Madrid, more than two million Catalans took part on Sunday in a straw poll on independence that the region’s governing politicians have presented as a prelude to breaking away from the rest of Spain.
The poll, as expected, resulted in an overwhelming secessionist victory, with 80.7 percent of votes cast in favor of independence, according to the preliminary results released by the regional government of Catalonia early Monday. The results were based on 88 percent of votes counted. The government also forecast the final turnout figure would be 2.25 million voters. However, Spain’s justice minister, Rafael Catalá, told reporters on Sunday evening that the vote had been a “useless and sterile” act of political propaganda orchestrated by the regional government of Artur Mas.
Even after being ordered by the Constitutional Court of Spain to suspend the vote, the regional government allowed the straw poll. It has insisted that such a court ban could not override the right of Catalonia’s 7.5 million citizens, who include 5.4 million voters, to decide whether to secede.
The Catalan secessionist standoff comes after Scotland voted in September not to break away from Britain. That referendum, however, was authorized by the British government in London. The fight over Catalonia’s future is proving far more contentious and has turned into the biggest political challenge for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy since he took office in late 2011.
He and Mr. Mas have been at loggerheads for two years, initially over fiscal issues. Tensions came to the fore in September when Mr. Mas, who is a late but staunch convert to the secessionist cause, signed a decree approving an independence vote on Nov. 9.
In a televised news conference late Sunday, Mr. Mas argued the vote was “a total success,” held despite a central government that had displayed “political short-sightedness and indifference, if not intolerance.”
He urged Mr. Rajoy to allow Catalans to hold a formal referendum soon. “Like Quebec and Scotland, Catalonia also wants to decide its political future,” he said.
Mr. Rajoy fought to prevent a Catalan vote that he claimed would violate the Spanish Constitution. He told a party conference on Saturday that the Catalan vote had no validity and would have “no effect whatsoever.” Speaking on Sunday on behalf of Mr. Rajoy’s government, Mr. Catalá, the justice minister, also stressed the vote had no legal implications for Spain and warned instead that the attorney general’s office was probing whether charges could be filed against the Catalan organizers of an invalid poll. - The New York Times
Castell competitions in Catalonia feature human pyramids that build community and celebrate culture as the region prepares to hold a straw vote on independence from Spain. Video by Stefania Rousselle on Publish Date November 7, 2014. Photo by Arnau Bach for The New York Times.
An ardent Barotseland political analyst and writer Saleya Kwalombota has wondered why some Barotse nationals are still hesitant to recognize the Afumba Mombotwa led civil government when in fact organizations such as UNPO had already recognized this civil government.
This is in apparent reference to the continued debate on what the correct way forward for Barotseland is at the moment. Some have doubted the legality of a government that still has no visible structures in Barotseland. The Barotseland civil government in transition is still mobilizing and working on restoring and establishing governance institutions, such as the legislature, judiciary, executive and their associated structures. Resource mobilization as well as formulation of civil service and various laws to regulate the function of government are among many other things occupying the Afumba led transitional government, although those that are without patience would have loved to think of a different and quicker way to ending Zambia’s nightmare hold over Barotseland.
UNPO on Barotseland's autonomous struggle, Mr. Kwalombota wrote, has this on their official web site,
"Since 1965, the Barotse have been committed to a peaceful disengagement with the Zambian government. However, their efforts to raise international awareness on their situation and to protest for their rights have been met with repressive behavior from the Zambian government. On March 27, 2012, the Barotse National Council resolved that Barotseland should be a sovereign State. On 15 August 2013 a new civil government led by His Excellency Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa was constituted, which is now seeking international diplomatic recognition." End of quote.
On Barotseland’s economy and currency, the Mupu and the Ndoo, UNPO has this to say,
"The upper Zambezi valley is a floodplain, providing the Barotse with fertile land. As such, their livelihoods are mostly reliant on wetland resources. Barotseland’s economy is based on combined crop farming, livestock keeping, fishing and natural resource exploitation. The Barotse also benefit from the floodplains being somewhat of a tourist attraction. Natural resources include oil, gas, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, gold, copper, iron, quartz, limestone, cobalt, uranium, diatomite, silica sand and salt. The official currencies are the Mupu and the Ndoo." End of quote
Mr. Kwalombota, therefore, appeals to all well meaning Barotseland citizens to stop wasting time in partisan debates and for now focus on a speedy transition of Barotseland government take over through a united and immediate recognition of the Afumba led civil Barotseland government which has clearly won the hearts of organizations and people that know international processes in as far as self determination is concerned. He further advised that emotionalism at this stage would only slow Barotseland transition to complete self determination.
"I, therefore, wish to appeal to the BRE, the BNFA and all other liberation movements to rally behind the civil government that has already scored recognition of reputable international bodies such as UNPO and a couple others already.”
“Let the BRE stretch out their fatherly arms and embrace what Hon. Afumba and the team have so far achieved and see how they can begin to complement and enhance their efforts so that our transition to total governance will be quicker.” Mr. Saleya concluded.
PF got a winning streak of votes in Barotseland, thanks to the influence of Inonge Wina and Winter Kabimba who used the impasse of the Barotseland agreement in that time.
These Barotzish, who were born and bred by Barotse families, later abandoned the Barotse they used and winter even cast aside the Roger Chongwe report as rubbish and stupid!!!
Winter became so big headed, and we warned him and Inonge, plus Nathaniel Mubukwanu that one day, they will need Barotseland.
It is winter who refused to sign the petition of arbitration brought forward for attention. Winter is a snowball.
We are aware that now the three are scheming of how to use Barotse again, taking advantage that their GRZ still holds a grip on Barotseland.
NJA YA MWAHAE AINA BUTALI!!!!
These people will never get any votes in Barotseland. Though they are Barotse, we shall teach them a lesson should they try to use the youth here.
Winter, Inonge, Nathaniel…keep away.
Barotse activists must prepare a stern way to deal with Zambian politicians who will flood their blood money in Barotseland to win over weak minded souls.
Akinako yakutubeta JUDAS ye – Bulozi Nahayaluna
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