My Fellow Compatriots,
The independence struggle for Barotseland has delayed to this far due to certain elements amongst the leadership of activists portraying to be saviors for the people while harboring selfish motives to use the issue for personal monetary gains. This and other selfish vices have characterized the Barotseland independence struggle so far and it leaves much to be accepted as it raises many questions than answers of what type of leaders Barotseland will have in charge of people's affairs! We have witnessed the docile and apathy syndrome amongst Barotse citizenry due to the unpredictable manners being exhibited by the senior citizens brought about by the BRE which in this regard has not being inspirational.
A miscalculated independence calculus can be attributed to a number of mushroomed self proclaimed liberation groups which is a cause of disunity witnessed so far in our struggle, instead of talking with one voice, we end up talking in disjointed knots. This calls for serious consideration of hosting a reconciliation meeting to bring our scattered leaders to one amour of united force. The question is who should be the right persons to host the reconciliation meeting, and how much in terms of cost is needed to have a successful hosting of such meeting?, etc, etc. Avoiding this issue of reconciliation, I can assure you that the year 2015 will end up in limbo, without achieving our desired independence. It is better for BNC to have not declared independence in 2012 than betraying the conscience of the people who are convinced with the legality of the independence call!
If this trend of cowardice, unresolved, unfocused and non patriotic behavior continues, it risks igniting a revolution, as people might think that the BRE are in fact not working for the good and wishes of the people. We will not allow any maneuvers to wash away the efforts and aspirations of our people of Barotseland who have so far experienced loss of their beloved ones due to long detentions in Zambian filthy prisons, maiming and bullet gun shots because of Barotseland's century independence struggle.
May God bless all the people of Barotseland, a happy and prosperous 2015 as we review our failures and successes of 2014 in regard to implementation of Barotseland's independence resolutions of 2012, which declaration was born out of legality.
The Barotseland Freedom Movement (BFM) Office for International Relations demands the immediate release of Barotseland Administrator General, Hon, Afumba Mombotwa and his comrades from Zambian detention. Their arrest and continued incarceration are not only a violation against human rights but a scorn on international law and civility. We believe that the four broke no Zambian or international law just as the acting Zambian President had himself conceded to this fact. Therefore, their detention may only be viewed as barbaric and an insult to Zambia’s claimed democratic values.
The Zambian Government has nothing to worry about the Barotseland issue since it is the one, through its late president, Michael Sata, that had acknowledged the legality of the terminated Barotseland Agreement 1964, and had, in January 2012, gone as far as publishing the same Agreement in Zambian print media to prove its point. It was the same Government that had blessed our first commemoration of the Barotseland shootings in the same year and had further sent its representatives to the now historic March 2012 Barotse National Council Conference at which Barotseland formally and finally accepted Zambia’s 1969 unilateral termination of the same Agreement. Based on that acceptance, the people of Barotseland unanimously declared Barotseland independent of Zambia. Formal communication which included proposed disengagement guidelines regarding this inevitable stand was sent to the same Zambian Government from which there has been no formal response to date; either in opposition or otherwise. The decision that Barotseland arrived at was necessitated by decades of Zambia’s hostility to our calls to honour the Agreement as had been promised before and soon after it was signed by our king, the British and Zambia’s founding father. It is this unwillingness to find a lasting solution to the Barotseland impasse and other poignant factors that led to our decision to revert to our original position and not secede from Zambia as it has been wrongly held by those who have deliberately chosen to remain permanently ignorant of the issue. As a result of this denial, our people have been repeatedly subjected to untold human rights abuses which include killings by successive Zambian governments.
The Zambian Government has further refused to cooperate by, at least, responsibly responding to even the indictment from the African Union Humans and Peoples’ Rights Commission. This and several acts bordering on persecution, intimidation and manipulation only leave us with a belief that the Zambians may be lacking the capacity to legally engage the issue with respect to its exegesis. Malicious arrest of our leaders, as in the Hon Mombotwa and all previous related cases, only prove this point. The Zambian government has miserably failed to even hold any sensible trial based on the claimed accusations. The truth is that such accusations are impossible to prosecute as they do not violate any Zambian law. Instead, it is our people’s rights that are continuously violated, and so, in an outright provocative manner.
Indeed the Zambians have no legal argument against Barotseland’s independence. Their behavior only consolidates our stand and further builds up a much more serious case against them. Not even the regional Southern Africa Development Community would find any reason to support the Zambian argument. Based on these and other facts, we call for the unconditional and immediate release of our leaders because they are being accused for what was publicly decided upon by Barotseland’s highest policy making body, the BNC. The Zambian Government was represented by its most senior officials at that conference. Hon Mombotwa is only acting in obedience to dictates of the BNC Resolution. His arrest and incarceration does not even serve the interests of any sound minded, let alone peace loving, Zambians. As the Zambian Government did in publishing the BA’64, it must now stand up to the challenge of our declared independence in a civilized and not outdated medieval manner of threats and intimidation. The Barotseland issue is an ideal that cannot be put to rest by arrests or killings. Let Hon. Mombotwa and his comrades be released in the name of the Lord. We are for peace and not war. We joined Zambia peacefully and we have left Zambia in the like manner. If the Zambian Government argues to the contrary, let us then have a date in court over this issue and not on drummed up charges of a treason that was actually committed against us. Hon. Mombotwa and company are vulnerable individuals only acting on the BNC’s mandate. Barotseland is our country. We call upon Dr Guy Scott to release our leaders.
The four Barotseland government leaders detained by Zambia, Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa -Administrator General for Royal Barotseland Kingdom, Hon. Likando Pelekelo - secretary of state for Agriculture, Hon. Sylvester Kalima Inambo - secretary of state for Legal Affairs and Hon. Paul Masiyaleti Masiye - Deputy secretary of state for Defence today appeared for mention at Mumbwa magistrate court before Magistrate Matipa at 12hrs.
Magistrate Matipa, who did not say much, immediately adjourned the case to 26th January, 2015, much to the displeasure of a fully parked court of Barotzish and sympathizers.
The detainees were equally displeased with this turn of events, prompting Hon. Afumba to seek permission to speak. In his brief court address he warned that he could not condone such unruly and criminal behavior of illegal prosecution as it amounted to violation of his fundamental human rights upheld internationally.
Meanwhile, Hon. Masiye has claimed that the Zambian government arrested him at the last court hearing because he refused to be a state witness against the other three leaders. Hon. Masiye further explained that the Zambian state police forced him to either be a state witness against the trio or face arrest, but he simply told them that the Barotseland issue is a matter of fact which could not be exchanged for silver . He has since condemned the failure by the DDP to give instructions on the way forward with this case. As such, he has since vowed to go on immediate hunger strike.
Some people talked to also expressed disappointment at Zambia's mistreatment of Barotse leaders and activists who merely exercise the will of the people of Barotseland over this issue, accusing the Zambian government of being aware of its abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964, the only document that could give Zambia the control over Barotseland.
The court adjourned at 12:30 with the accused remaining in custody at Mwembeshi state prison.
The presidential candidate for the Patriotic Front (PF) in Zambia’s January 20 presidential by-election Edgar Lungu has allegedly ‘auctioned’ Barotseland’s oil and gas potential reserves to Nigerian businessmen in exchange for campaign funds.
The Zambian Watchdog reports that the deal was reached at on Saturday in Nigeria and Lungu’s camp is reported to have promised the Nigerian Muslim financiers concessions in mineral rights, oil and gas explorations in North Western, ‘Western’(Barotseland) and Copperbelt regions once he is given power if he wins elections in January.
The deal also gives the Nigerians preferential treatment in hunting concessions in Zambia’s national parks over the short period of five years subject to renewal.
The group ‘supporting’ Lungu is in the Delta region where many violent insurgent groups are funded by the local businessmen.
Lungu’s campaign is reported to have since been boosted by US$2 million dollars from the Nigerians and part of it was used to hire two helicopters and one plane for his campaign movements.
Once again it is common knowledge that life itself is a change. Change is a virtue of life itself such that to deny this fact is actually to deny oneself the quantity and quality of life. We see , for example , that without this change there would be no birthday celebrations; as people grow, without change a spinster would not become a wife nor a bachelor a husband, without change a husband would not become a father or grandfather and a wife a mother nor a grandmother. Without change a child would not become a pupil, student and finally a graduate and worker enjoying promotions all the way. One needs to note that even the funerals we do not desire unfortunately are equally a celebration of change that must happen in this life to everyone, sooner or later. Every moment of our life is characterized by change; from sunrise to sunset and vice versa. To a greater extent this makes life very bearable and enjoyable because this change makes life more rhythmic and meaningful while taking away the monotony that would follow without change.
It is that time of the year, now festive season, when the whole world gets blazing with the gala mood of Christmas and New Year. For Barotseland, however, it is time to preach the change and celebrate it.We salute the role our change agents are playing, even amid the incarcerations of our political heroes behind the prison bars on grounds of our dear change agenda. WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT THIS IS JUST A PASSING PHASE IN OUR CORE BUSINESS FOR BAROTSELAND. BAROTSE INDEPENDENCE IS OUR COLLECTIVE BUSINESS FOR ALL OF US AND NOT JUST A FEW; LET OUR ENEMY KNOW THIS. Some of you are in the prayer band, in response to the global call that was made through the Barotse Post. Thank you so much for your intercessory prayers! The arrested political prisoners will walk the streets of Barotseland again and this time more valiantly than before!
”Brethren continue using your knees; even so this festive season until peace and complete independence prevails in our land so that our people can join the rest of the world who enjoy statehood and nationhood."
Pray also for the safety our brethren in prison from the planned poisoning. It is worth noting that the collective and individual experiences so far encountered are just transient birth pangs or preliminary joys and miniatures of the ultimate celebration that awaits us when our country Bulozi becomes socially and politically independent, besides the legal independence we are already embracing. “Litunga ni lyetu!” It is the surmountable social and political barriers that we still need to resolve to finally get there. YES indeed, soon and very soon our day is coming.
“Malozi, ko baya ko bakuwa, shangwe” remember that it is also that time of the year when amid all this celebration everybody takes stock of the activities done; failures and successes, to position oneself strategically for the ensuing year successfully. It does not matter who you are, individual persons and organizations all get involved in this good exercise in one way or another. You and Team Barotse are no exception. Allow me to ask you these introspective questions regarding this outgoing year 2014: What have been your successes? What have been your failures? What is your way forward to address both the successes and failures encountered? Remember if God still gives you life you have an opportunity and second chance in 2015 to do better than you have done in 2014. Whether it is at home, church, school, work or in community we are all members of the human web and have each one a niche to fulfill – we are not here by accident. As the year 2014 rolled down or up; for the ageing or youth respectively, mistakes were committed and successes scored. It is time to ponder, amend and resolve accordingly.
Allow me to conclude my screed by sharing with you the expert reflections from the world of academia regarding our change.
Cook, C. W. and Hunsaker, P. L. (2001) in their book entitled MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR submit two types of change namely Planned Change and Unplanned Change. The latter is normally referred to as Chaos Theory typical of the 21stcentury, the days of our lives. On the other hand, planned change like the Barotse Change Agenda refers to transformation activities which are planned, intentional and goal oriented. This is the kind of change I wish to submit to you for your 2015 Resolutions. In your life changes of 2015, whether it is a birthday, marriage, graduation, baptism, et cetra, let it be characterized by planning and goal orientation and not chaos.
One of the most popular models of planned change has three stages namely Unfreezing, Movement and Refreezing.
Stage 1: Unfreezing
This is the first stage which focuses on creating the motivation to change and minimize resistance in self or others to change. It takes into account the entire social, biological, psychological, physiological, economic, political and other factors and identifies them as motives to the change initiative. This is unfreezing and is necessary for the whole change process to occur. Like melting water in which heat provides the energy and impetus to unfreezing, the desire and need for change also gives us the energy and force to achieve the change.We have come a long way off from where we started to be belligerent now. Unfreezing ourselves, in January, as the year 2015 unfolds before us will better place each one of us in the face of change celebrations of the ensuing year.
Stage 2: Movement
This stage involves a transitional stage where people or someone let go of their ‘old’ work and take on ‘new work ‘. People, groups and teams are changed, and so is task, structures and technology. This means that in order for anyone to achieve the desired change there must be concerted effort within and without to move. How surprising that some of us will want to change phones, cars, work for instance to others and yet refuse to change their bad past self traits! Without this element of change one becomes an individual who has a need to eat but is not able or willing to stretch out the hand to get bread from a shelf in the kitchen. The result is obvious, for such a person. We are all endowed with capabilities to avoid such experiences in life. Be willing to respond and move with and for the change’s sake. Are you on transfer, promotion, deployment, growing, getting married, on a mission, etc.? Take the year 2015 as a year of change movement.
Stage 3: Refreezing
Once the movement stage is completed, stabilization of the changed aspects of self or organization takes place. Coaching, mentoring and modelling may be used during this stage to reinforce changes as well. Whether it takes the form of induction, welcome home party, kitchen party, dedication or whatever the term refreezing is crucial to the final positive resolution of change agenda. As 2014 dearly joins the historic statistical data take time to refreeze 2014 but unfreeze yourself for 2015 and then move on to achieve those PERSONAL AND BAROTSELAND NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS. AND WHEN YOU WILL HAVE DONE YOUR PART THEN YOU CAN SAFELY AND JOYFULLY SAY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015.Ululuuu, Ululuuu!!
I WISH YOU ALL A JOYOUS, VERY CELEBRATIVE AND PROSPEROUS 2015.
Written by: Lindunda (La Mulonga) Wamunyima
It is with a strange sense of déjà vu as I review the statements of some of the most prominent personalities in the Zambian government in relation to the National policy question that exists between the two sister-countries of Barotseland and Zambia. The Barotseland issue has been characterized by misinformation, misrepresentation and outright ignorance of the facts from our Zambian counterparts. It is simply unacceptable that the people who were suppose to take the lead in resolving this impasse peacefully are the same ones (the PF government) exhibiting high levels of intellectual backwardness about Barotseland's legal facts. What we have witnessed in Zambia for the past two and half year rule of PF are myths, distortions of facts and outright lies in relation to Barotseland national question.
It is no longer possible to deceive neither the people of Zambia nor those of Barotseland on the authenticity of the demands for Barotse nationhood. It is, therefore, most unfortunate that the PF government dismissed the recommendations of the Roger Chongwe Commission, which to us was a referendum in silence. Further, former PF Secretary General Wynter Kabimba’s attack on the integrity of Roger Chongwe and members of his Commission for having overstepped their terms of reference was an insult to the many Barotse and Zambians who made submissions.
Dr. Banda, UPND vice president and right hand man to their presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema once said that there were lies going round that if the UPND wins the 2015 elections they will divide the country by allowing ‘Western province’ (Barotseland) to break away. Dr Canisus Banda assured Zambians that the party believes that Zambia was an indivisible unitary state hence it cannot break - whatever that means. Barotseland independence is not in any way considered breaking the country or seceding because Zambia is not monolithic but unitary state that was supposed to be maintained under a union agreement (BA64), which is not the case. In the absence of union treaty (BA64) secession is a misnomer.
The current PF government has so far refused to sign the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) agreement which seeks to have the standoff between Zambia and Barotseland resolved peacefully through the court based in The Hague in Netherlands.
The Zambian government of PF has also ignored the submission that was presented by Barotseland to the Banjul based African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) and has not responded as per requirement. How should we still hope for peaceful talks with the people who have openly refused dialogue?
The Zambian government actions are convincingly that Zambia stands not for peace in this regard and it is a call for Barotseland to seek other avenues that will bring the standoff to a conclusion! However, the Barotse Question or the Barotseland statehood, today, merits interrogation as to the validity of the nature of influences that determine the Barotse “people’s wishes” necessitate assertion of self-rule as promulgated in the BA64 or Barotseland's independence declaration of independence of 29th March 2012.
The sooner the Zambian government addressed itself to the demands for attention on Barotseland’s nationhood the better for national security and a region as a whole. No power on earth can stop a people from attaining statehood and political freedom. History is full of examples of people who have contested their subordination and subjugation. Eritrea, Kosovo, Palestine and South Sudan are cases in point.
Barotseland forward in 2015,
By Saleya Kwalombota
In June 27 1890, King Lewanika I and the British South Africa Company signed the Frank Lochner Treaty, which made Barotseland a British protectorate.
NOTE: However, the Treaty to a considerable extent diminished Lozi autonomy. And probably, this lose of autonomy could be the genesis of the quest for self-rule that has been evidenced overtime, with first at colonial times, and subsequent post-colonial time.
In 1907, King Lewanika requested the British Government to accord Barotseland protectorate the same status as Bechuanaland (Botswana) and be removed from North Western Rhodesia and company rule.
However, the request was denied by Lord Selborne, the British High Commissioner in Cape Town.
In 1921, King Yeta III presented Prince Arthur of Connaught, the new High Commissioner, a petition that demanded direct rule of the Imperial Government as a protected native state over the entire territory known as Barotseland North-Western Rhodesia.
In 1932, the Barotse Royal Establishment held discussions with the Governor at the Colonial Office on the quest for Barotseland being a separate Native State. The discussions, again, did not yield the desired quest for self-rule.
In June 1948, the Barotse National Council (BNC) demanded that there should be self-governing status for the Barotseland protectorate.
In 1953 a phantasms of self-rule was attained, when Barotseland was declared a ‘protectorate within the Northern Rhodesia protectorate of Northern Rhodesia'.
In addition, Barotseland’s sovereignty was further recognized in section 112 of the Constitution of Northern Rhodesia.
In 1957, the Barotse Native Government, through its National Council, resolved that Barotseland should secede from the Federation and remain under the protection of Her Majesty’s Government.
In the year, 1960, a demand for secession from Northern Rhodesia and the Federation was instituted by the Barotse National Council (BNC). To which end, it is imputed that Ngambela Imasiku said the following:
“We do not consider ourselves a part of Northern Rhodesia or as a ‘protectorate within a protectorate’. We are a different country and a different people. We have our own government.”
In 1961 Barotseland secession demands submitted to the Colonial Secretary and to the Northern Rhodesia Government mostly affirmed Barotseland’s right to self-rule and independence.
Noteworthy, is that protestations for Barotseland self-rule continued up to Zambia’s independence and even after the promulgation of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 due to the post colonial government of Zambia's failure to live to the terms and conditions of the treaty of 1964.
In 2012, however, the Barotse National Council (BNC) made a historic move that declared Barotseland territory in its entirety as it was in 1900, independent.
It is observed that the struggle for Barotseland independence has always required the consolidated efforts of the Litungaship as an institution to accomplish the vision of our forefathers, that of having self-governing territory.
Barotseland was destined to exist as a separate country, not as an integral part of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia).
It is, therefore, puzzling to note the docile attitude of the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) and Mulonga in regard to Barotseland independence struggle. For instance, we have not yet heard of any public position statement from the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) in regard to the recent arrests and eventual incarceration of His Excellence Hon. Afumba Mombotwa, Hon. Pelekelo and Hon. Kalima of the Barotseland transitional government by the Zambian government, three weeks after their arrest.
Sadly, even the BNFA under Hon. Clement W. Sinyinda, who claim to be ‘umbrella’ group of all liberation movements in Barotseland, has conspicuously kept quiet and one is left to wonder whether the 2012 BNC resolutions have been invalidated!
If not, we need to draw our strength from the past Litungas who courageously fought to secure the autonomous status of Barotseland, even before the world could have Public international law in force.
Tukongote Litunga Ni lyetu.
By Saleya Kwalombota
“An opportunity freely given may be misused”, a feature written by Hon. Wamu brought tears to my sad eyes. Tears; not of hopelessness but of sadness at how things have played out since the March 2012 BNC Conference. I sincerely hope that what I am going to write in response will answer some of the questions posed and help shed some light in the minds and hearts of those among our people who may be losing hope.
Firstly, I am not surprised at what has unfolded thus far since that historic 2012 day in our modern history. My main concern is what would happen to our people and our country if credible action was not taken soon. We can no longer live a life of make believe clouded by lies and wild imaginations where Barotseland is concerned. Our enemy’s reaction towards us only shows how serious the Barotseland issue is. Starting off as we did with the Barotseland Freedom Movement and Linyungandambo was the best way we could have stood up to our nationhood challenge. However, we missed an earlier opportunity for unity merely due to mistrust mixed up with past misunderstandings among the senior cadres. Here I refer only to those who believed in the immediate and total independence of Barotseland like most of us do. On the flanks were those who thought they knew even better than everyone else and, for a while, had exclusively negotiated for a restoration of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 clandestinely, only coming out to the masses in a calculated manner whenever they needed signatures for their exclusively worked out petitions. This latter group, largely made up of Lozi people from Lusaka and enjoying unequaled support from the Barotse Royal Establishment, was always against Barotseland’s total and immediate independence; particularly if that independence did not have them at the helm of control. They had sworn to fight, at all costs, against our external self-determination even if it meant selling us who believe differently to the enemy. These are the same people who advised BRE to force BFM to work with them; a venture that almost killed the struggle had we not momentarily broken rank and reached out to the actual owners of the matter, the Lozi masses in a bold manner.
Although we managed to make some irreversible gains, aided by the emergency of Linyungandambo, leading to the 2012 BNC, the ‘restorationists’ reappeared on the scene with an unworkable and irrelevant “alliance” which they only used as a front to push their own selfish agenda. This “alliance” was meant to “unite” activist groups and work towards our independence despite the fact that the BNC had already declared us free and that its resolutions only called for the formation of a Barotseland Government (not an alliance) to lead the proceedings of disengagement with the Zambians. As has now turned out, the “alliance”, was only a paradox designed to divide us, slow and eventually kill the very BNC declaration. We are presently in this, seemingly, limbo and confusion all because of the involvement of a small but very powerful group of those who believe in a restoration of an Agreement that never even operated.
I trust that the foregoing does answer, even in part, some of the valuable question posed by Hon. Wamu.
It is immaterial for Zambia to understand the 2012 BNC resolution if we the ones who came up with it do not comprehend it in the first place. The people of Barotseland are the only ones who can emphasize (binding) its seriousness. Zambians and the international community can only follow.
Concerning the king’s “silence”, this writer was reliably informed that His Majesty the Litunga had called upon the Zambian acting President to unconditionally release Hon. Afumba Mombotwa and the rest. Given the confusion and the power struggle currently taking place in that country, one would believe that Dr. Guy Scott is almost powerless to a greater extent. If it were not so, our leaders were going to be released as soon as it was learned that there had been an attempt to kidnap them for diabolical reasons. It is actually reported that Dr. Scott had even articulated that Hon. Mombotwa and company did not commit any crime. Why would they still be detained then and made to appear in Zambian courts without any supporters, relatives or well wishers? I believe the king has and is still possibly doing something about it although it is impossible to count on BRE given their track record.
It will not be far fetched to state that BNFA is actually NOT what it represents itself to be. This is the “alliance” I refer to above. It is actually not an alliance but an extension of ‘restorationist’ group with a self explanatory name. That is why they would not hesitate to insult the victimized people of Barotseland, labeling them the “semi-illiterate hiding in holes holding the wrong end of the stick”. That is not talk one would expect from a unitary body. Recently there were some activists who broke away from the BNFA and formed a “congress”. This only shows that the BNFA is simply not for Barotseland’s independence and some of its members will not hesitate to betray their own brothers. This is in spite of some acknowledgeable positive efforts the group has made. However, we shall do ourselves good service not to count the BNFA as being genuinely bent on the BNC resolution because not everyone claiming to be in the struggle is sincerely in it.
About participating in the Zambian elections; honestly speaking, we do sympathize with them on what has befallen their presidency and we pray that all goes well with their elections. However, we realistically have nothing much to do with Zambian elections based on the 2012 BNC Resolution. After all, we have never benefited from whatever government sits in Lusaka. This is a fact. That is why we are the poorest compared to other Zambian regions. This is also much against Clause 9 of the BA’64. Lozis who will participate will do so due to fear or their own selfish ends, period.
We believe that a lot has been done by the Royal Barotseland Government, Linyungandambo, BFM and actually by the BNFA too. It is only that seemingly, the latter is still working towards its selfish goal. However, a number of countries are now aware of our situation with Zambia. Anyone who would even attempt to reverse our declared independence will be attempting to bring a catastrophe that we have thus far managed to avoid. The BNC has never reversed its resolutions and it will not do so with the 2012 one.
I also personally have a weird belief that we find ourselves in this predicament today because of our fore-fathers’ sins. I also believe that God has heard our prayers, like the children of Israel (Exodus 3:7-9) and has forgiven us because we have asked Him to do so (1John 1:9). However, we also need to be intelligent enough to know the power of unity and perseverance. A nation’s freedom does not normally come easy. Much has been done already and against all odds, we shall soon be independent in the actual meaning of the word. We need to break down the walls that divide us.
I believe that in convening the 2012 BNC conference, His Majesty the Litunga did all that he could. He actually voiced his support for an independent Barotseland when we met him on 24th January 2012 in Kashandi. He said it was all going to depend on the BNC’s outcome and that he hoped that that year’s Kuomboka ceremony was going to be the happiest. The king being sincere or not, the fact is that Barotseland is now supposed to stand united on our independence regardless of who calls himself Administrator General or Prime Minister. The enemy only takes advantage when we are divided. We shall hold the Zambians accountable for all crimes committed against our people. No human being dies without God’s knowledge. God will always judge for spilt innocent blood. Barotseland is ours and we have nothing to fear. We shall not lose hope because from where some of us stand, we see our day. The songs and dances are already prepared.
Kozo. (Shuwanga Shuwanga)
The recent developments in Barotseland call for a rethink and change to the approach in Barotseland’s quest for total independence.
It is clear that Zambia does not respect or recognize the 2012 BNC resolutions and will never let go of Barotseland peacefully just like Barotseland joined Zambia in 1964.
From 1965 when Zambia through Kaunda begun to dismantle the Barotseland Agreement, barely a year after it was signed, to the present time 50 years later, several Barotse nationals have been arrested and killed yet not a single one has ever been successfully tried and jailed on the issue.
Those that are jailed have always been incarcerated for lesser and trumped up charges of riotous behavior and publication of false information, whatever it means.
The Zambian authorities know very well that they cannot handle the matter before a neutral arbiter and continue holding Barotseland hostage because courts do not order estranged spouses to continue in a broken marriage.
They have resorted to pretending that all is well so as to mislead their citizens and the international community while secretly they eliminate dissenting Barotseland voices through poisoning.
Several gallant Barotseland men and women in the struggle for Barotseland’s freedom who at one time found themselves in Zambian prisons are dying at an alarming rate and this will even be worse if not stopped.
Our approach of dialogue and peaceful disengagement won’t work, how can one dialogue with people who won’t listen to you and do not even know what disengagement means in this situation?
The very person who led us in this situation, Kaunda said about a year ago that if you fight for freedom from the British you use dialogue but if you seek freedom from any other power you use your gun.
We should never be cheated that we are at peace; we are already at war because the enemy is killing us and they are determined to force us into submission to their strange and uncivilized way of doing things.
International law is very clear on the consequences of termination of a treaty. Article 70 of the Vienna Convention states that ‘Unless the treaty, otherwise provides or the parties agree, the termination of a treaty under its provisions or in accordance with the Convention;
a. “Releases the parties from any obligation to, further, perform the treaty.”
It is becoming a highly considered view that time has come to consider to pursue our struggle for independence differently as it is now clear that we are not dealing with Bishops and Pastors but highly dangerous and violent pretenders hiding under the guise of a peaceful Christian nation.
They will probably only respond to our quest for freedom once they see and hear us speak the language they understand – the offensive!
KI NAAKO, LIYWA LINEKI (TIME HAS COME AND IT IS NOW)
“The sovereignty of Barotseland is not a matter of illusion or favor but of law as such the fight for independence is a noble and honorary thing that is backed by legal documents.”
It is now time for the people of Barotseland to get united and fight for the total independence of their God given territory and serve the territory from being annexed by Zambia, otherwise posterity will judge us harshly. The docile attitude will not serve the desired goal of having independent Barotseland unless we become focused or no one will ever take us seriously. I doubt if it is the desire of the Malozi to continue to be exploited and trampled upon by small men with small brains!
My fellow compatriots, we shall never rest until we reclaim what is rightfully ours for our children and our children's children. We will not be shaken or intimidated by the on-going arrests of Barotseland transition government leaders by Zambia, for executing the mandate and the will of people.
The history of Barotseland has always been shrouded in secrecy by the rogue state of Zambia so as to deceive successive generations, however, we should note that the following treaties, recognize Barotseland as a separate territory and not as a province of Zambia that should remain enslaved and subjected to untold misery by denying the Lozi nationals their inalienable right to self-determination:-
1.The Lochner Concession of June 1890
2.The Lawley Concession(A) of June 1898
3.The Barotseland - NorthWestern Rhodesia Order- in - Council of 1899
4.Concession B of 1900
5.Concession Agreement of August 11,1909
6.The Northern Rhodesia Order- in- Council of 1911, which amalgamated North Eastern Rhodesia and Barotseland North-Western Rhodesia into Northern Rhodesia.
7.The Northern Rhodesia Oder-in-council of 1924(British Govt Rule take over from B.S.A.C)
8.The Barotse Fund ordinance Act of 1925 , in terms of which a special Fund was established to finance the running of Barotseland Government
9.The Barotse Native Authority Ordinance and Barotse Native Courts Ordinance, both of 1936
10.Special Order-in-council of 1953
11.Sections 57 and 80 of the Northern Rhodesia Order-in-council of 1962, and sections 59 and 112 of the Self -Governing Constitution of 1963, which both affirms and recognizes Barotseland as a separate state within Northern Rhodesia; and
12.The Zambia Independent Act and the Zambia independent Order of 1964 which gave recognition to the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
Why is Zambia so adamant that even the existence of historical and legal facts at her disposal cannot change her policy towards Barotseland? The sovereignty of Barotseland is not a matter of illusion or favor but of law as such the fight for independence is a noble and honorary thing that is backed by legal documents. Therefore the present generation should actualize the desired independence of Barotseland, otherwise we are doomed as a nation and the next generation will never forgive us.
An appeal to all Lozi nationals home and abroad is to identify yourselves with your genesis and turn out in good numbers to give solidarity and patriotism to the noblemen of Barotseland transitional government held by Zambia on trumpet up charges of treason felony, on 6th January, 2015 at Mumbwa magistrate court where they will appear for mention pending instructions from Zambia's DPP for committal to the High court.
We acknowledge that independence is not given on a silver plate by the oppressor but demanded by the oppressed even in face of the barrel of a gun.
Tukongote, kopano ki mata.
By Saleya Kwalombota
Reading Hon. Shuwanga s piece of writing should make all those who truly love Barotseland to raise their heads to review the post BNC 2012 resolution events – the way forward, the killings, the factions and the arrests. BNC 2012 blessed by the King of Barotseland surely gave confidence to all of us Rotse people.
“Mr. Sata who made the March 2012 Barotse National Council Conference possible. He had promised to accept any outcome. An irreversible decision to be independent of Zambia was unanimously arrived at.” Hon Shuwanga
Barotseland activities are all based on the belief of BNC 2012 resolutions. Putting Zambia aside, Barotseland should sought issues out.
I have the following questions;
1. Are we as Barotseland understanding and respecting the BNC 2012 resolution?
2. Does Zambia understand it either?
3. Is the BNC 2012 resolution binding on both Zambia and Barotseland?
4. Why is the King and the Kuta quiet over the current arrest of Hon. Afumba and others?
5. Why is BNFA, if truly an umbrella of all groupings also quiet?
6. The Zambian Government now does not even allow any one going near the court just to listen or support our own blood. Will this continue and people watch dance and vote for them?
7. BNC 2012 resolution was the strength of all Barotseland, BUT, count how many people have lost their lives over this issue? Some are still dying today from suspected poisoning. Is this going to continue?
8. People are dying, arrested, families displaced, children and women are suffering, people live in fear. How do the leaders of BNFA, LINYUNGANDAMBO, THE KUTA (BRE) AND THE KING feel?
9. Will Barotseland be a place without human rights?
10. “The late president had clearly articulated his willingness to allow Barotseland go free of Zambia if only our elders supported such a conclusion”. Is any elder in support?
11. Is it possible that the Barotse leadership can issue a statement and its respected by Zambia?
12. Is every one claiming to be in struggle really in it?
13. Will Barotseland happily participate in the Zambian presidential elections in the light of BNC 2012 resolution?
14. Are we one, two or three?
15. Is the BNC 2012 resolution closer to be reversed?
16. What sin have Barotseland committed which cannot be forgiven?
Hon. Afumba is very much in danger of poisoning by Zambian assigned plants within the prison, latest reports have revealed.
“The information received again is in agreement with the earlier one. The source is from OP (Zambia Office of the president) personnel, operating from State House, who claims to have attended the meeting that resolved to hire mercenaries to eliminate the general (Administrator General Afumba) through food poisoning, or poisoning the blankets, or drinking water.”
According to this report, the mission timeline is 7 days, and when accomplished the trio (Afumba, Pelekelo and Kalima) would then be released on a nolle.
The personalities named and planted to carry out this mission by OP is named to be Masiye and Mashekwa who were recently arrested in very un clear and suspicious circumstances at Afumba’s latest court appearance, which has since be rubbished as a fake arrest, only done to plant the two in Mwembeshi prison close to Afumba and other Barotseland leaders and also to hoodwink and deceive unsuspecting people.
The purported OP meeting, where this scheme was designed, took place on 30th Nov 2014 way before the arrest of the leaders took place.
The source further prayed for the media to report and expose this;
“I hereby reaffirm the issue of the safety of Hon. Afumba I brought to your attention earlier on to our media platform, however due to the unfolding information of the planned evil scheme against Hon. Afumba, I am troubled to ignore or keep silent over the just received information too. I would have used Zambian watchdog to have this issue published in order to curtail the planned evil before it is done, but looking at the issue at hand it is suitable to be handled first by our own media.” Said the source to Barotseland Intelligence, who in confirmation have authorized the publication of this report.
In the grand scheme of thwarting the Barotseland independence, it has now been decided to eliminate the front leaders, and using some activists as mercenaries in exchanged for money. Some named compromised top leader belonging to a competing liberation movement as well as some greedy BRE indunas have also been named to be collaborators in this attempt to have Hon. Afumba and other transitional government leaders eliminated permanently.
Before his arrest, Masiye’s movements and activities were suspected to be fully funded and protected by the OP.