Barotseland could Separate from Zambia and it wouldn’t be secession – Zambian constitutional lawyer tells popular radio phoenix audience

09 December 2014

A Zambian constitutional lawyer and 2015 presidential aspirant under the Forum for Democratic Alternatives (FDA), Dr. Ludwig Sondashi today stunned his Zambian popular phoenix radio audience when he, in his capacity as a constitutional lawyer, sort to set the record straight over the controversial subject of the Barotseland Agreement 1964. In his submission Dr. Sondashi advised that the matter of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 was straight forward, stating that Barotseland should not be treated the same way as the provinces of Zambia such as Northern, North-western, Eastern and all other provinces as Barotseland, having been a former protectorate of Britain separate from Northern Rhodesia, agreed to join the latter to form the republic of Zambia by the specific terms of the Barotseland Agreement 1964.

“Barotseland was a separate country from Northern Rhodesia, and the same way Barotseland entered into Zambia through that agreement, she could also leave Zambia by the same Agreement, and it wouldn’t be termed as secession.” Stressed Dr. Ludwig Sondashi much to the amazement of the radio moderator.

“Secession could only be applicable to the provinces of Zambia on the ‘Northern Rhodesia’ side and not on Barotseland.” Dr. Sondashi submitted as he briefly explained both the historical and legal context of the Barotseland Agreement 1964.

Dr. Sondashi further said that although he would not encourage Barotseland to separate from the rest of Zambia, he said that he was merely stating facts and truth as they were, without dwelling on emotionalism. He said his proposed solution was to have the agreement restored and implemented in its original context of a unitary state, as that is what the agreement sort to accomplish, and that as republican president he would seek to further federalize the whole country. However, should the people of Barotseland desire separation from Zambia at any point in time, the same agreement would facilitate their separation and that as president he would not stop Barotseland from separating, if that is what they really wanted, as it would be within Barotseland’s right.

He further castigated the Kenneth Kaunda regime for unilaterally abrogating the Barotseland Agreement 1964, which he referred to as an international treaty, without consultation. He said it was an act of ‘cheating’ for the Zambian government to abrogate the agreement through an act of parliament.

Dr. Sondashi who authoritatively deliberated on this subject more as a respected and qualified constitutional lawyer did not have any caller question his discourse on the subject, as he deliberated on it to the point without mincing any words.

Barotsepost monitored the popular radio show dubbed “Let the people talk” featuring Dr. Ludwig Sondashi for Tuesday 9th December 2014.

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