PRESS RELEASE - by Barotse National Freedom Alliance Executive Committee
Following recent rumors concerning Government of Zambia a (GRZ)’s maneuverings on the matter of Barotseland’s petition a t the African Commission for Human and People ’ s Rights (ACHPR) , based in Banjul, the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) has reliably learnt that the Zambian delegation has returned from Banjul , having delivered a pledge from GRZ to resolve the issue of Barotseland by March 15, 2014 . If at all this is true, this in itself amounts to additional evidence in our favor delivered by GRZ itself in Banjul , whereby , they pledged to interfere with the petitioners. In the alternative, they could have asked for more time, thereby availing themselves enough room to continue interfering with the petitioners, in particular the Barotse authorities. GRZ objective is to force the petitioners to withdraw the matter, realizing that it has no grounds what - so - ever to counter the compelling evidence submitted by the BNFA and the Barotse authorities .
At this point, it is not clear how GRZ intends to achieve its intended objective outside interfering with the petitioners – save to say that this should teach GRZ a lesson that a government that does not listen to the voices of the people or one whose only weapon to deal with diversity of opinion is t o mete out violence against innocent people over which it has no jurisdiction , will one day cook in its own stew. That day had finally come for GRZ. The process in Banjul does not depend on one, or a few individuals. It is a broad - based initiative, wholly in the hands of the masses of our people. Bribing one individual, or a few, will not stop the momentum of this movement.
We are aware that there are traitors and crooks who will step forward for personal gain and aggrandizement to work with GRZ against the wishes and aspirations of the people of Barotseland . However, the BNFA has full trust i n the integrity of the ACHPR. We do not believe that they can be easily tricked by the works and practices of an evil , corrupt and illegitimate GRZ , assisted by blood stained dishonest agents and non - repentant crooks . The ACHPR function s as a court of law where hard and verifiable forensic evidence is key . The people of Barotseland have submitted compelling evidence to the Commission — sufficient enough to secure a favorable outcome.
The people of Barotseland have already spoken and have resolve d to secure complete freedom for themselves and their yet unborn offspring. Be warned that those traitors who will make the mistake of cooperating with GRZ must know that the truth always has a way of bubbling to the surface. Very soon , they ’ ll also bubble to the surface and end up in the Barotseland museum of shame. To all the freedom - loving people of Barotseland, we appeal to you all to stand on the right side of history because our day of freedom is nigh. There is no surrender . Our match to the finish line is unstoppable; neither is it reversible
KINAKO - Courtesy of BNFA.info
It has been a month since the Zambian government received the letter from Messrs Dugué & Kirtley AARPI, a team of international Lawyers representing the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA). The letter is challenging the Zambian President Michael Chilufa Sata to Sign a Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) Submission Agreement so as to provide an opportunity for a peaceful resolution of the Barotseland impasse. The Zambian President through his Minister of Justice, Mr Wynter Kabimba SC, responded to the letter on 8th April 2014. (Click here to read Winter Kabimba's letter)
One wonders how Mr Kabimba responded on such a crucial legal matter? Since when did the Minister of Justice become the President’s legal advisor or spokesperson on legal matters? No wonder some sections of the press in Zambia have labelled Mr Kabimba as a dull lawyer who has never won a case in court because, as a lawyer, he should have known that it is the Attorney General who should have responded on behalf of the president. What is worse is the content of the President’s response, the gist of which was:
“We are unable to give a response to the issues raised in your letter in the absence of any particulars identifying your clients, whether or not these constitute natural persons or a corporate entity in view of Zambia being a unitary state under the current constitution.”
Anyone with even just an average logic should have been able to detect that the letter sent to Mr. Sata was not asking him to ‘respond to the issues raised’ but simply to append his signature to the submission Agreement in order to allow the process of international arbitration to commence through which process the Zambian government would have all the time and opportunity to respond to the issues and vindicate its position on the issue of its unilateral abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 (BA’64) once and for all under the auspices of an impartial and competent international Arbitration body, the PCA. In this regard, it doesn’t help for Mr Kabimba to parrot “in view of Zambia being a unitary state under the current constitution” because it is that very view that is being challenged by BNFA and the people of Barotseland to the effect that Zambia ceased to be a unitary state following its unilateral abrogation of the said BA’64, which in effect legally separated the territory of Barotseland from the rest of Zambia. If the Zambian government indeed believes that Zambia is still a unitary state, inclusive of Barotseland, let the President sign the submission Agreement so that their belief is marched against the challenge by BNFA and the people of Barotseland before the PCA.
Messrs Dugué & Kirtley AARPI, have had the courtesy to respond to the Zambian President on 28th April 2014 (click here for full contents of the international lawyer’s response to President Sata). The highly learned team of international lawyers urged the Zambian President and government to see sense in the Arbitration process and the folly of trying to hide behind non-existent shrubs. The three (3) paged response can be summarized in just two short paragraphs from the letter itself:
“If the Zambian government holds a separate position, then it should support its position on the basis of legal argument before a neutral arbitral tribunal.
Our clients do not require a response from you, but merely challenge you to sign the Submission Agreement.”
To date, thousands of Barotse Nationals at home and abroad have appended their signatures to the submission Agreement and continue to do so using hard copy signatures and electronic signature on the BNFA website.
While the Zambian government is still playing hide and seek, I urge all Malozi to take advantage of this situation by continuing to append their signatures on the submission Agreement in order to clearly demonstrate to the whole world that ‘Ki nako!!’ Mufa na sae ni muteeba shaa.
We all have only four more weeks to take sides in this matter - Report By Mukunyandela, BNFA.INFO
Reports coming in from Mongu, Barotseland, are that the Zambian government has sent more troops to Mongu town to protect the Litunga and his Indunas.
According to a highly placed source, 5 big buses and 15 Hilux pick-up trucks carrying Zambian troops were spotted on Thursday night as they arrived in Mongu town and with a contingent immediately proceeding to Limulunga Royal village. Among the troops so far arrived in Mongu were Zambia police force and Zambia army.
It has further been revealed that the Zambia army personnel were sneaked in secretly so as not to alert and alarm the people in the area, while the Zambia police were been taken in broad day light.
Lubosi Imwiko II, may well be the most hated Litunga in recent Barotse history mainly due to his reluctance and refusal to rally and support his people in their quest for self - determination in preference to some cash rewards he is alleged to have received from the Zambian government for the sole purpose of reversing the Barotse nationals’ unanimous resolutions to accept the nullification of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 by Zambia, and consequently resolving that Barotseland was to immediately initiate all formal and necessary procedures and acts for the re-establishment of Barotseland Sovereignty and Independence - A de facto break away from its current underlying status within the Republic of Zambia during the Barotse National Council (BNC) which convened on 26th – 28th March of 2012. The BNC is the highest decision making body in Barotse Governance System, and decisions passed by this organ cannot be reversed by any other organ or individual except by another BNC.
“It is because of this that the Litunga is reported to be relying on protection from Zambian security forces. And yesterday there was a pass-out of police officers in Zambia at Lilayi police college, and we are told that they (Zambians) will be sending more troops here from among these next week.” Retorted our source.
Meanwhile, the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) , through Induna Inete, were last night (Friday) seen on ZNBC main news appealing to the Zambian government for more police officers to go and control the situation in Barotseland as there is rising fear in the BRE about their safety and that of the Litunga, amid rising divisions over this contentious issue of Barotseland Independence with even BRE being divided over the issue.
"The current situation in Mongu is tense as people are scared, remembering what happened on January 14, 2011 when the Zambian forces killed at least 19 Lozi people and injured a lot more while others were reportedly buried alive, some in Mandanga and Kasima areas.” Continued our source.
Mongu town was, however, last night became a hive of activities as mostly Zambian officers were “clubbing”, dancing and drinking beer in popular night spots, while mostly young girls were seen being taken away by the same police personnel most likely for sexual activities, bearing in mind that after the January 14th 2011 infamous Mongu Shooting, over 30 school girls from various local schools were reportedly impregnated by the Zambian forces who had camped in the area to keep peace. This report was presented in the Zambian Parliament but was later denied by the Zambian authorities. Will Barotseland see a repeat of these statistics in teenage pregnancies after this current operations by the Zambian troops?
As expected, Zambia has once again failed to append its signature to the Permanent Arbitration Court process an act which, in effect, is a clear admission of guilt. Recently, Zambia failed to submit counter evidence to the Barotseland’s Banjul petition.
We thank Kaunda for the abrogation of BA64, an action that freed Barotseland from a worthless marriage between the two former British protectorates. The abrogation of BA64 not only initiated but clearly facilitated the disengagement of Barotseland from Zambia, only that the process was delayed by Barotseland’s non acceptance of the status quo, until March 27, 2012 at the Historic Barotseland National Congress. We ask the rest of Zambia to stand by Sata (the current Zambian president) and honorably vacate Barotseland as Zambia has no moral and legal right to continue administering our beloved country of Royal Barotseland.
The Zambian government is, therefore, here advised to face and accept the reality that their presence in Barotseland is illegal as it has failed to prove to the international community through the Permanent court of Arbitration in the Hague. The time has come for Zambia to disintegrate. The best is for us to part company “as among friends” (quote of the Litunga, His Majesty Sir Mwanawina III KBE at the beginning of Barotseland Agreement discussions in April 1964.)
The existence of Barotseland country cannot be ignored as its existence is based on the right of self-determination by the people of Barotseland. The principle of efficiency is the only principle that can be applied since Barotseland fulfills the elements of statehood and its people, territory and government have nation building qualities.
Experience of injustice can be a good school for training and turning victims into agents of progressive social changes as public servants and leaders in a resistance against inferiority and discrimination. The people of Barotseland have chosen to liberate themselves by rebelling against being encroached or kept under inferior situation by Zambia for over 49 years of illegal administering of Barotseland territory. It is of my view that no African country can freely and truly handover power or a fair share of power to those who beg and depend on it without either autonomous leverage or armed struggle. Similarly, no Zambian leadership, however well meaning and charitably intentioned can genuinely negotiate with the Barotseland government for peaceful disengagement.
The social economic and political situation in Barotseland is already at a perilous crossroads. This is because as of now and the whole period of Zambia’s independence has not aspired or set out to establish a free society with good faith and good will towards Barotseland and her people. However, Zambia does not at least acknowledge this historical situation of injustice and betrayal and its misfit in a free and democratic world, is either dishonest or ignorant enough to be part of the problem of denying the humanity and reality of the people of Barotseland.
The Barotseland issue has not yet reached the stage of armed conflict hence; there is no need for deployment of huge Zambia security personnel in the territory, Self determination is not a crime but is a human right therefore, the heavy presence of Zambia security in the Barotseland territory is the violation of human right and peace of the Barotse people. Zambia has further demonstrated to the world at large that it is not for peaceful settlement of the Barotseland impasse by refusing to sign the arbitration agreement from the Permanent Court of Arbitration. The international Court could have given Zambia an opportunity to prove their claims over Barotseland. The PCA’s favorable factors offer good and solid opportunities for preventive and just conflict resolutions like the Barotseland impasse. This is only possible if Sata- Zambian president- is caring and responsible enough to appreciate and honestly take account of the indisputable historical facts and valid documentation of the Barotseland country.
The call for Zambian Parliamentarians in the soil of Barotseland to resign has been made over and over but none has responded. They should step down or resign from Zambian politics and pave way for the civil Barotseland government takeover but are afraid for their personal liberty and livelihood, or are just in the dark over the correct and uncorrupted facts of Barotseland’s prosperity if self governed by her own people
Finally, the Barotseland political leaders will not seek after narrow and self interest as opposed to mainstream interests that benefit all. Human basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, education and Healthy if are not met will always arise into political conflict. Therefore, in the new Barotseland politicians will embrace dialogue through peace building as conflict resolution and transformation remain indispensable.
Tukongote wa mwana Nongolo, Litunga ni Lyetu,
The Zambian government has never told its people about the assets and money that they looted from Barotseland in 1965.
The issue seemed to have been tightly closed under Kaunda’s 27 year dictatorship, however, no sooner had Kaunda left office in 1991 than the issue resurfaced.
On 21st April 1992, six months after Kaunda’s dictatorial government was removed from office, the Barotse Royal Establishment wrote a letter to the new government of Frederick Chiluba demanding for the 78.5 million pounds that Kaunda grabbed from the Barotse treasury at the beginning of his onslaught against Barotseland.
When the private media brought the issue to the attention of Zambians between 1992 and 1993, it raised mixed reactions and contradictory statements from a number of government officials.
The then Deputy Minister of Finance Mbita Chitala, the Treasury Counsel at the Ministry of Finance Mumba Kapumpa and the first Secretary to the Treasury and former Bank of Zambia Governor Valentine Musakanya all argued that they never came across any documentary proof indicating that any money (78.5 million pounds) was taken from the Barotse treasury.
Sadly, the late Arthur Wina who was Zambia’s first Minister of Finance too demanded for documentary proof from the Barotse Royal Establishment .
“Somebody must produce receipts, we must have evidence of money, how it was taken, when it was taken and where it was taken,” Wina argued.
Arthur Wina’s young brother Sikota Wina, however, admitted that the money was actually taken pointing out that several treasuries from provinces were incorporated into central government coffers.
Valentine Musakanya had this to say concerning the claim for 78.5 million pounds; “The claim for the money was total fiction of the mind. It doesn’t exist. The whole thing has to be ignored; The debate on the claim for 78.5 million pounds is utter nonsense, but the Lozis are entitled to make noise.”
Mbita Chitala argued as follows, “There were no records indicating that the Zambian government ever took money, assets or investments for the Barotse Establishment amounting to 78.5 million pounds; In the books I have been able to look at, there is nothing to show that there was 78.5 million pounds in the Barotse treasury; Probably, the money was kept by the Foreign Office or the Bank of England.”
Mumba Kapumpa put forward the following argument; “As far as the Ministry of Finance is concerned, I have been custodian of loans and agreements that have been executed by the government of Zambia, and no where do I have an agreement that relates to an amount of money taken from the Barotse Establishment.”
Whereas some people quoted above were trying to deny something that they were clearly ignorant about, the master mind behind the issue, Kenneth Kaunda had this to say in the Weekly Post newspaper of 22 January 1993 to 28th January 1993; “There had been a lot of native treasuries from various provinces which government collectively incorporated and not I as Kaunda.”
Kaunda targeted the Barotse treasury knowing very well that the other so called provincial treasuries had no money to write home about.
He enacted the Local Government Act NO 69 of 1965 which established District Councils answerable to the Minister of Local Government. Section 114 of the same Act established the Barotseland Local Government Fund into which all assets of the Barotse treasury were transferred through expropriation.
Following the implementation of this Act, the Times of Zambia of 5th November 1965 reported as follows;
“About 411,000 pounds representing assets and cash of the Barotse Government Treasury are being distributed to the district councils,”
The 1970 book by Gerald L. Chaplain entitled “The Elites of Barotseland” records the following;
“In 1938, the Barotse Native Treasury collected 13,446 thousand pounds (more than ten times the revenue of the next richest treasuries, those of the Bemba and plateau Tonga,” (page 150) while in 1951, it had collected 102,000 pounds from hut tax, Wenela , (export of labour to South Africa) and the Zambezi (Mulobezi) saw mill.”
However, most recently on 13th July of 2012, the Zambian Vice President Guy Scott told the Zambian Parliament that £411,000 worth of assets and cash from the Barotse Royal treasury was distributed to district councils countrywide in 1964.
Dr. Scott said according to the information released by former Minister of Local Government Sikota Wina as published in one of the editions of the Times of Zambia newspaper in 1964, the £411,000 worth of assets and cash was distributed to councils after the signing of the Barotseland Agreement.
The Vice-President, who laid the cutting of the article on the table of the House, was answering a question from Bahati member of Parliament (MP) Harry Kalaba (Patriotic Front) who wanted to know how much was in the Barotse Royal treasury and what happened to the money at the time the Barotseland Agreement was signed.
Although Scot's figures were in accurate (as they were not the only money collected from the treasury), his parliamentary statement, at the very least proves that those who were denying evidence of the looted Barotse Treasury were lying.
However, documents in Barotse people's possession, show that not only were the figure as high as 78.5 million pounds, but also that among the moveable assets that Kaunda's Zambian government expropriated and tried to hide were as follows;
- From Mongu Central Treasury they got; 3 Bedford Trucks, 3 Land Rovers, 25 tables, 45 chairs and 3 safes.
- From Nalolo in Senanga they got; 2 Bedford Trucks, 1 Land Rover, 20 tables, 35 chairs and 3 safes while
- from Mwandi in Sesheke, 1 Bedford Truck was taken, 1 Land Rover, 15 tables, 20 chairs and 2 safes.
- In Kalabo at Libonda, the Zambians got 1 Bedford Truck, 1 Land Rover, 18 tables, 25 chairs and 2 safes while at
- Naliele in Mankoya (Kaoma) they grabbed 1 Bedford Truck, 1 Land Rover, 16 tables, 18 chairs and 1 safe.
This was besides the hard cash and pure gold.
The Barotse government also had some immovable properties which were inherited by the Zambian government among them; the structures housing the Barotse National School, which Kaunda changed to Kambule Secondary School, the buildings housing the High Court in Mongu, the building housing the Ministry of Education in Mongu, Liwanika General Hospital and the Suu Local Court buildings and many more scattered all over Barotseland.
This information can be verified from the Resident Commissioner ‘s (not Provincial Commissioner) annual report for 1962 to avoid un informed arguments.
Kaunda tried to play it smart by hiding information with regard to the assets and money they looted from Barotseland but unfortunately for them not all information was ‘deleted.’
Once Barotseland frees herself from the Zambian slavery, the looted assets and money will definitely be pursued after through the provisions of Article 21 of the African Charter on Human and Political Rights which states that;
1- “All peoples shall freely dispose of their wealth and natural resources. This right shall be exercised in the exclusive interest of the people. In no case shall a people be deprived of it;
2- In case of spoliation, the dispossessed people shall have the right to the lawful recovery of its property as well as to an adequate compensation.
The Zambian government should start scrounging for money to pay back in compensation and reparations for what they looted even as they repay their latest Euro Bond ‘Kaloba.’
By A Zambian based journalist of Barotse descent
The Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA), a conglomerate of various activist organisations championing the case of the independence of Barotseland wishes to dispel the lie that Mr. Kennedy Sakeni, the Zambia Government spokesperson stated in his tantrums that the Government has not been served with documentation of the African Union about the fact that the Commission has established a prima facie case in favour of Barotseland.
To put this matter to rest, the Note Verbale of 1st March 2013 is herewith provided for everyone to see: http://barotsepost.com/images/ACHPR_Letter_of_1st_March_2013111.pdf
Zambia's independent and privately owned television, MUVI TV, has reported that over one hundred and fifty youths are said to have lost their jobs in 'Western' Province after the Zambian government decided to reverse their appointments.
Those who are out of employment are among the 208 government workers that were employed in 2013 to serve in the Michael Sata newly created districts but were not put on government payroll due to over-employment.
Sources say out of the 208 only 26 have been retained with the 182 joining the many unemployed Zambian youths.
Zambia Congress of Trade Union-ZCTU representative, Trust Chingala has described the development as unfortunate especially that it is government taking a lead in putting youth on the streets.
Zambia's Michael Sata led Patriotic Front government has on several occasions said that the creation of many new districts in Barotseland was their way of addressing the 'unhonored' Barotseland Agreement of 1964 as the move would facilitate the delivery of services and development closer to the people of Barotseland while employing many youths.
By attempting or probably succeeding to bribe the Barotse Royal Establishment for it to reverse the 27th March 2012 Barotse National Council Resolutions, the Patriotic Front led Government is fighting a losing war that its leaders will live to regret.
The Zambian Government needs to understand that all that took place on 26th and 27th March 2012 in Barotseland was legal under international law. The resolutions arrived upon by the majority of those present cannot be reversed at any time by any individual or clique of people. Not even a deed of fake development would pursued our people to go back into servitude.
Before the March 2012 Barotse National Council conference, the Barotse Royal Establishment wielded some kind of monopoly on the Barotseland issue. The passing of the resolutions was, in a greater sense, the passing of the button to any Barotse individual, activist group or Barotse masses to legally pursue the issue even to going as far as the International Court of Justice. Although we still need to work with BRE on this issue, the Barotse masses now also have legitimate authority to pursue and achieve independence since it is them who decided to go that way. Their decision was fully blessed by Barotseland's traditional leaders. We, therefore, cannot imagine a situation where the Barotse masses would turn around and surrender that responsibility.
Apart from persecuting Barotse activists and attempting to divide us the Zambian Government has failed to sensibly challenge our reasons for the stand we have taken with regard to our disengagement with Zambia. No acts of intimidation or any kind of subtle coercion will make us change our minds.
Further more, the BRE, under the Ngambela Clement Sinyinda, had sent a delegation to the Southern Africa Development Community Secretariat in Botswana some five months ago where the position of Barotseland was tabled. The United Nations as well as the British Government were, through their representatives in Zambia, notified of Barotseland's decision for independence. Credible investors are also now showing interest in doing business with Barotseland. On the other hand, much more has been done both within and outside Barotseland such that it would be fool hardy to even imagine any effect of a doctored reversal of the March 2012 BNC Resolutions. In the light of the foregoing, only those, within BRE, who would openly want to manifest themselves as hypocrites and sell outs would even entertain an idea of going against the people's decision for independence.The issue of the restoration of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 is long exhausted and cannot be revived in any realistic manner (unless in mandwani) because it was rendered irrelevant on 27th March 2012. There just cannot be any sensible basis upon which the defunct treaty, which was not even allowed to operate, could be revived. There is absolutely nothing to refer to apart from the fact that Barotseland had never agreed to be ruled by her child State Zambia.
It has to be remembered that 19 innocent Barotse souls were unlawfully killed by the State and no one has been held responsible for their deaths. We have those whose whereabouts remain unknown to this day and scores who were maimed for life and never compensated. Adding on to this is the yet unpublished findings of the Chongwe Commission of Inquiry into the Barotseland shootings.
If indeed the Barotse Royal Establishment has been bribed to betray the people they are purported to lead, then we may only conclude that it is for the purpose of covering up the 14 January 2011 cold blooded murders which they are alleged to have also encouraged. That innocent blood was not spilled in vain. No self serving individuals would ever manage to make us change our brave match towards freedom. Everything has been hurled at us both by the enemy and our own people but we keep matching on. It is the time that demands that we plod on. This is the moment for our freedom.
We already have found some friendly nations who support our position and the Zambian Government will do well not to waste its tax payers' money to unwisely fund a lost cause. Barotseland has made her position known and bribing the BRE will not even be in the interest of peace loving and long suffering Zambian people.
Shuwanga Shuwanga - Barotse Freedom Movement
The Zambian government has admitted that the current calls for the secession (independence) of Barotseland are very serious, different from previous ones and are backed by ‘big fish’ locally and internationally.
And the police in Mongu say they have arrested one of the Barotse Activist fugitive Masialeti Masiye, an ex-teacher at Sioma High School who who is said to have been kept by a Witchdoctor.
Commissioner of Police for Western province Lombe Kamukoshi said Masiye was arrested Wednesday night, August 21, 2013 around 10pm local time just in the outside Mongu, east of the town. She said he was found at Witchdoctor’s house who has also been picked and is being held by the Police in Western province.
Masiye’s house is said to have been used to swear-in Afumba Mombotwa last Wednesday as Administrator General for the Kingdom of Barotseland which activists want to de-link from the rest of Zambia.
Western Province (Barotseland) Zambian permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba who has been listed as one of the main enemies of Barotseland says the current wave of calls are well coordinated at international level as revealed by continued investigation.
Mwamba said the Zambian Government would intensify investigations to pursue the ‘clique’, which has escalated an international campaign for secession.
Mwamba said a (Barotseland) government in exile has been set up to mobilise resources, international lawyers and recruit individuals and civil society groupings to support their cause of Western Province seceding from Zambia.
Mwamba said some of the people involved are former diplomats and government officials.
Mwamba said, the secessionists have also registered and affiliated the Barotseland government to international organisation known to promote secession and breakaway provinces from current independent states.
He said the government in exile has written petition letters to the United Nations, the African Union, to the Southern Africa Development Coordinating Committee (SADC).
He said they also write letters to international dignitaries visiting Zambia.
‘For example when the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, (came) this entity wrote a demand letter dated 16th April 2012, claiming that Barotseland as nation was under subjugation and was being dominated by Zambia and the call for their right to self -determination and self-rule was justified under the United General Assembly Resolution 545 (vi).’
Mwamba further said this entity is running an online newspaper called Barotse Post (this web site) and is also running a blog radio called Radio Barotseland, where subversive and seditious material is freely circulated - Zambia2016
What was supposed to be a search for Linyungandambo leaders and members in Barotseland has now been turned into nothing less than a search for valuables and petty cash. This development has become common as many Barotseland nationals whose houses have been invaded and searched by the so called Zambian Security wings continue calling us reporting of their missing valuables and money.
For example, in Sesheke one Mike Kazuma, reports that when they did not find him at home they stole his valuables and at least Four Hundred Kwacha which he had in his house after a successful business transaction he had done in Mongu a few days ago.
“Kimasholi feela batuba (these people are just petty thieves)” retorted another caller who complained of have lost some valuables too.
“We are appealing to the Zambian government to save the last bit of dignity they have by withdrawing their lowly paid and hungry forces who are now just stealing from us to the point of eating our little relish and stealing our coins in the name of collecting evidence!.” fumed a Mr. Muyunda of Lukulu.
Meanwhile, many Barotse people from all walks of life continue to send in messages of solidarity in support of the recent action of Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa who many have regarded as a true son of a ‘Black Bull’ a term widely used in Barotseland to imply a fearless and courageous person, with some calling him the messiah of Barotseland for finally having done what every other Lozi home or abroad have always known must at one time be done.
“We only pray and wish our Lindwalume (warriors) God speed, spiritually and every other way” called in one female Lozi.
Yet others have expressed gratitude to Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa, saying he truly poses the spirit of one Njekwa who led the rebellion against the Kololos, successfully disposing the Kololo kings, who like Zambians, had colonized Barotseland.
"This is clearly a case of black on black colonization and only the Njekwa like spirit will lead us through.” wrote in another Lozi from the Diaspora.
“Afumba, like Njekwa has shown the way, we the rest of the Lozi nationals home and away must take interest and see what we can do and how we can get involved. Let us forget about our individual preferences in who should lead us at this moment, that we will have opportunity to decide in a truly democratic way as Barotseland shall be a democratic constitutional Monarch with The Ngocana King as head of State while we the citizens chose our own government leaders. Let us put aside our differences or preferences for later. But now we must compel these invaders out of our country” concluded the email.
Many have also sent in their congratulatory messages to the new Afumba Mombotwa led transitional government who they have wished God’s blessing as they steer the nation of Barotseland through this very difficult time of the Nations’ history.
According to the Barotseland Transitional constitution, a provisional government will and should organize popular and democratic elections within 3 years and elect a prime minister and members of parliament.
Some, however, send in their blessings expressed through the popular Barotseland motto of “Tukongote. Litunga Nilyetu – simply put Let’s Unite. The Litungaship (nation) belongs to us all.”
The Zambian Draft Constitution as leaked by the hardworking Zambian Watchdog Online publication has some interesting clauses worth commenting, which in themselves appear to be a poor attempt to have Barotseland trapped in the failed union. After refusing to put back the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 in the Constitution, they now try to put some useless clauses which in their pedestrian reasoning, locks Barotseland in the failed unitary arrangement which they do not even understand.
In the preamble it reads that ‘Resolve that Zambia shall remain a unitary, multi-party and democratic sovereign state.’
Under Sovereignty, it says the Republic consists of the territory defined in an Act of Parliament. It has no definition of the boundary of Zambia probably they don’t even know how to describe these boundaries.
On the other hand across in Barotseland, the transitional constitution of Royal Barotseland clearly defines the extent of the boundary.
Number four and five under this section (preamble) are not only interesting but also baffling as to whether the technical committee knew what they were saying. It says the Republic will not be ceded, in whole or in part.
Across in Barotseland, the 2012 Barotseland National Council resolutions read in part that ‘no part of Barotseland shall be ceded to any other country.’
The Zambian version is clearly an attempt to respond to the BNC resolution on this part.
The Zambian Draft makes another meaningless statement by saying that ‘The Republic may enter into a union or other form of inter-state organization, which action shall not be construed as ceding the Republic.'
This above clause is near madness, and only fit to come from a people so drunk with Zambian lack of knowledge on simple issues.
On one hand the Republic may enter into a union with any country say Botswana or Angola but on the other hand, it shall not cede even if the union with that other country fails, in short that country shall not be allowed to break away from the union, and it becomes a province of Zambia. This again sounds like first grade madness only found in Zambia.
The drafters know that they are not talking of any union with one of their neighbors, they are referring to Barotseland but they can only cheat those who accept to be cheated like people who have never been to school.
What a pity that these useless clauses will soon have to be removed from that constitution should it be adopted because soon the targeted country, Barotseland, will have nothing to do with Zambia in such internal affairs as constitutional making, as Barotseland is on an irreversible course to total independence!
Remembering also that even under the defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964, there was a Clause 8 which was always going to protect the status of Barotseland within the independent state of Zambia which read and we quote; "The Government of the Republic of Zambia shall take such steps as may be necessary to ensure that the laws for the time being in force in the Republic are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement (The Barotseland 1964)." - This clause having been broken in 1969 constitutional amendments literally freed Barotseland save for Zambia's military hardware!
Zambia’s Defense minister Edgar Lungu has advised the Zambian military to avoid insubordination while serving the country and to be loyal to the Commander of their armed forces President Michael Sata, according to Lusakatimes Zambian Media web site as well as Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation, ZNBC, news monitored.
Mr. Lungu is reported to have said this when he visited military personnel manning the Angolan border at Sitoti Military camp in Sioma region of Barotseland yesterday. The Defense minister is in 'Western province' together with senior military officers to check on military staff manning border areas, barely a couple of weeks after he had visited them last.
“President Sata who is your commander cares for you very much hence the reason he has sent me to visit you and interact, to find out from you any challenges that you are facing and see how best they could be resolved,” Mr. Lungu said.
The Defense minister said Government was committed to ensuring that the Zambian military becomes the best in the region.
“We intend to equip the military with the modern equipment, state of the art technology and continue training you, to become the best in the region,” he said.
Meanwhile Brigadier General Sikazwe appealed that Government considers recruiting more officers to beef up staffing levels. He said the staffing levels in the Army had dwindled due to retirements and death hence the need to recruit more.
The minister also visited military personnel in Sesheke region, who are manning the Zambia-Namibian border.
Mr. Lungu's last visit was marred by controversy after he sharply angered the Barotse Royal establishment for not paying a courtesy visit to the Litungaship through the royal Kuta before going about his official business in Barotseland.
Meanwhile, some keen observers are questioning the defense minister’s frequent visits to Barotseland, wondering why there seems to be such a suddenly increased Zambian military interest in Barotseland.
"We know there has been increased military interest in Barotseland but suddenly it is like something big is happening or is about to happen, and Zambia seems to be preparing themselves militarily" lamented a Lozi observer as he gave his opinion on the subject.
Zambian security sources, on the other hand, have intimated that Barotseland’s apparent insistence and commitment to their declaration of independence from Zambia is now said to be a great source of worry to Zambia as the measures they thought would help dissuade people from the March 2012 Barotse National Council declaration of independence are disappointingly not working.
Zambia’s Michael Sata led Patriotic Front government immediately after taking over government made pronouncements about what they called ‘un precedent’ development projects that they would soon embark on in Barotseland, among them King Lewanika University at Namushakende and the ultra Modern Stadium in Mongu, which projects have today, over two years later, still not shown any signs of ever taking off.