Hon. Masialeti Masiye, the former Sioma school teacher who is on Zambia’s top two most wanted list as co- ring leader with Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa of what Zambia is now calling a ‘treasonable’ act of installing an administrator general to administer ‘a state with in a state (Barotseland)’ has urged Barotseland nationals to remain resolute as we take full control of what is rightly ours.
Speaking to a Radio Barotseland staffer this evening Mr. Masiye has cautioned Barotseland nationals that they will hear a lot of propaganda coming from Zambia in the coming days, and should therefore, not get confused or intimidated by what they see or hear through Zambian propaganda media houses, especially ZNBC.
“Yes my house was invaded by Zambian criminal and lawless foreign security forces. I hear that they were hoping to find His Excellency Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa in my house. However, I was away in Mongu at the time, as you may be aware that the raid happened the day after Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa named our inaugural transitional government.
“I was honored to have been asked to serve the people of Barotseland as deputy to the Secretary of State Defense and Security for Barotseland, and was grateful for the honor and privilege to serve, therefore I went there to accept the appointment. For this rare consideration I am grateful to His Excellency Afumba that he found me useful in his first team of government ministers
“My family on the other hand was traumatized, and some of them have never returned home and I have no idea where they are.
“I further wish to let the people of Barotseland know that regardless of the propaganda they may hear thrown at us and especially against Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa, they should not be shaken. Let them know that we are very serious about what is happening right now, and what they are seeing is not a joke as our inheritance is at stake. Barotseland is the Land of our forefathers and it is up to us to protect our country. No one will give this land to us on a silver platter but we must get it one way or the other. So far we have been very peaceful in our quest as we have not even lifted a pebble against any one, but it appears that our language is not loud enough for them to hear."
On the question of why the Litunga would ask for security, Mr. Masiye said the Litunga is the Ngocana King, the Head of State of Royal Barotseland, and wondered why anyone would suggest that the Litunga feels so threatened that he must ask for security from Zambia?
“How can our Litunga feel threatened by us his own people? That is why I say that the people should be able to read between the lines and see through Zambia’s propaganda. The Ngocana is safe, Rt. Afumba Mombotwa has not abandoned the cause, it is just that there is some work to be done, and that must be done quickly, unless the Zambians want to harm the Litunga, and then accuse us his people? It doesn’t just make sense.
“We have chosen to go for democratic constitution monarch type of government, therefore, both the Litungaship and the BRE are very dignified institutions in this system of governance. Please, don’t buy their propaganda”
Meanwhile, there are reports that Zambia forces in Senanga have been ordered to visit every home if possible to search, find and arrest any person, man or woman, young or old, who they will suspect to be a member of Linyungandambo starting tonight.
He has, therefore, urged all the people of Barotseland to be vigilant and stay safe.
Reports reaching Barotsepost indicate that worldwide goodwill messages of condolences and solidarity have been pouring in at the Litunga’s palace on the passing of His Queen, His Royal Highness Mulako, The Muoyo Imwambo of Barotseland.
So far, among others, the governments of Britain, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, France, America, and Holland have all reported to have send their messages of condolences and solidarity.
Meanwhile, the Zambian government assigned District Commissioner in Mongu has been quoted by Mongu based Radio Liseli as having said that President Sata and his Patriotic Front government are not ignoring the Queen’s funeral, but rather that they are following some Lozi tradition he did not specify for not sending their messages of condolences or solidarity to the Litunga and the people of Barotseland. To date there has been no private or public message of condolences to the Litunga and the people of Barotseland from either Mr. Sata or anyone in his government on the passing of the Barotse Queen, with the Zambian critical web site Zambian Watchdog accusing the Patriotic Front led government, and Mr. Sata in particular of ignoring the Litunga’s funeral.
However, a Lozi traditionalist has emphasized that according to the known Lozi tradition once the Barotse Royal Authority announced the Royal death it became public domain, and that all well wishers were free to deliver their messages of condolences and solidarity from then on.
The royal authority has since set Monday, the 17th March 2014 as the burial day for the late queen at a burial place, yet to be revealed, although wide speculation by insiders is that she is may be put to rest at Sefula, Her Royal Highness Mulako’s birth place
THE World Bank has given Zambia US$36 million (about KR194 million) for strengthening climate resilience in the Barotse sub-basin.
Of the grant, US$31 million is a grant and US$5 million is a credit from the Strategic Climate Fund-Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) channelled through the World Bank.
The six-year project will focus on strengthening capacities of people of the Barotse sub-basin, which covers most of the people of Western Province and Kazungula in Southern Province, to cope with the impact of adverse effects of climate change, which usually manifests in the form of floods, droughts, frost and destructive rain storms.
Speaking at the signing ceremony for the project in Mongu yesterday, Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda noted with gratitude the commitment the Litunga and the Barotse Royal Establishment have demonstrated to working with Government in its effort to reduce poverty and create employment and wealth among the people of Barotse sub-basin.
Mr Chikwanda said climate change impact on the Zambian economy is already evident and significant.
“In the last three decades, climate change has cost Zambia an estimated US$13.8 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. Over the next decade, another US$4.3 billion or approximately 0.9 percent in GDP growth could be lost.
“It is further projected that without adaptation, over 300,000 people will slide below the poverty datum levels and be kept out of employment, a scenario that could worsen efforts to reduce poverty and unemployment in the rural areas,” Mr Chikwanda said.
And World Bank country representative Kundhavi Kadiresan said the project will target 24 very vulnerable wards, and within them, some 130,000 highly vulnerable households-those headed by women, widows, and the elderly.
Dr Kadiresan said the project will also reach out to innovators and champions within the communities that have adapted better and can teach others how to do it.
“The project will help these vulnerable groups have information to plan how best to respond to the changing climate, and provide small amounts of funding to help them adapt. This could be used to diversify crops…” she said. - Zambia Daily Mail
BAROTSELAND POINT OF VIEW
Now that we have the following in place:
- The Executive Body
- The Legislature Body
- The Judiciary Body automatically falls in place.
Now that we have a complete government, we expect to start operation as soon as possible.
What is a civil servant?
- Administrative, professional, technical, executive and clerical officers, who constitute a civil service; all the civil servants will be paid by the Barotseland Government as soon as the arrangements are finalized. They must not worry of anything at all, because Barotseland Government is very caring and will upgrade all to its salary structure.
- Civil servants are all servants of the Barotseland Kingdom; It is important that those who are most closely concerned with the higher administration of public services should in fact enjoy security of tenure, without which, it would be difficult to ensure continuity of loyal service to successive ministers of different political parties.
N.B. Ministers hold office at pleasure, since their tenure must end when electorate turns against their party. In our case their tenure ceases because Barotseland is a different country, and civil servants are servants of Barotseland Kingdom so they are needed.
BOUNDARIES – Shall now be defined and legislated
- Territorial Boundary
- Regional Boundaries
- District Boundaries
- Country Boundaries
- Territorial boundaries shall or have to be distinct and clear.
- Territorial boundaries were created by white colonialist.
- Territorial boundaries have produced Geographical maps.
- In certain African maps, colonialist divided people who were united, and in some case colonialists grouped disparate communities, with no common language, no common culture, no common history or no social link) together. This is what caused tribal conflicts and disharmony, especially where the society was not build on strong symbiotic principle, but on greediness, dishonesty and disrespectful.
- Though the territorial boundaries were created by whites, there is still need for some alterations and compromise on the boundaries in view of point (d) above where it is reasonable.
- The territorial boundary shall be best determined where it is easy to create no-man’s land.
MAKING A BETTER HOME FOR OUR PEOPLE
The following shall soon be legislated
Barotseland State Insurance/ Lottery
Barotseland Meat Company
Barotseland Milling Company
Barotseland Broadcasting Corporation
Barotseland Sugar Company
Barotseland Power Company
Barotseland Air line
Barotseland Leather Company
Barotseland Limestone Company
Barotseland Petroleum Corporation
Investors in these Areas and other fields are most needed
From Department of Commerce and Trade
(CNN) -- It's shaping up to be a huge week for Microsoft. On Monday, the company announced its Surface tablet platform at a hush-hush event in Los Angeles, and now Microsoft has unveiled Windows Phone 8 Apollo at its Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco.
Microsoft announced eight specific platform updates for its upcoming mobile OS. We've already covered one of the most consumer-facing updates, the new Start Screen, but other changes include hardware-related features like multi-core processor and memory card support, a revamped Internet Explorer 10, shared native code between Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, NFC support, a new Wallet hub, Nokia Maps, and Windows Phone 8 for business.
If Zambians claim to be an honest nation as they claim, we wish to know why the Zambian Government repealed and revoked the Zambia Independence Act 1964 and the Zambia Independence Order 1964 in 1973 respectively.
Maybe before we go into details let’s have a look at these two words REPEAL and REVOKE, what do they mean, since they are both legal terms.
REPEAL: simply means the total or partial revocation of a statute by one passed subsequently. A statute is normally repealed by express words, but if provisions of a later statute are inconsistent with those of an earlier one this will imply that parliament intended repeal. Repeal does not affect any transaction that has been completed under the repealed statute.
Whereas REVOCATION simply means withdrawal or cancellation of the statute. In this case it means that the Zambia independence order 1964 was unilaterally cancelled or withdrawn by the Zambian government in 1973.
Let us have a look at the meaning of both the Zambia independence Act 1964, as well as the Zambia independence order 1964.
1. THE ZAMBIA INDEPENDENCE ACT 1964.
"On the 24th October (in this Act referred to as the appointed day), the territory which, immediately before the appointed day are comprised in Northern Rhodesia shall cease to be a protectorate and shall, together, become an independent Republic under the name of Zambia and on and after that, Her Majesty shall have no jurisdiction over those territories". End of quote
2. THE ZAMBIA INDEPENDENCE ORDER 1964. Interpretation 125 (1)
" In this constitution unless the context otherwise requires; "Barotseland means , the territory that on the 23rd October was comprised in the former Barotseland protectorate;
" The former protectorate of Northern Rhodesia means, the former territory that on 23rd October was comprised in the former protectorate of Northern Rhodesia" End of quote.
The constitution of Zambia 1973 which is chapter 1 of the laws of Zambia repealed and revoked both the Zambia independence Act 1964, and the Zambia Independence order 1964.
To substantiate our accusation to the Zambian government under the UNIP regime, here is what Article 3 of the Zambian constitution of 1973 states;
3. "The Zambia Independence Act 1964, and the Zambia Independence order 1964, Appendix 1 of the Revised Edition, are repealed and revoked respectively in so far as they form part of the laws of Zambia" End quote.
This was total madness by the Kaunda regime. How could an international Act and Order be unilaterally repealed and revoked by an individual Nation without the consent of the two other state parties (Britain & Barotseland) to Act and Order respectively, because both the Zambia independence Act 1964, and the Zambia independence Order 1964 were enacted by the United Kingdom parliament in the presence of delegates from Britain, Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia.
Ladies and gentlemen, do you see the reason why the Zambian government through its parliament did revoke the Zambia independence Order 1964?
The answer is simple and straight forward, it is because it defines the two separate territories of Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia, that's the reason why the wicked Kaunda was being choked by the Barotseland Agreement 1964 because it reminded him that Barotseland is a Nation (state), it also reminded the time in 1962 when he went to His Majesty King Sir Mwanawina Lewanika KBE and rolled on the ground in front of the Kingdom of Barotseland while wailing "ONE LAND AND ONE NATION IS OUR CRY" it is for this reason these words were coined in the third stanza of the Zambian National Anthem.
Therefore, may we remind those Northern Rhodesians including their security forces who still have the myopic thinking that they can continue to illegally occupy or arbitrary rule Barotseland that they have got it wrong.
No matter what they do, they can never erase the history of Barotseland from the archives of the super powers of the world, Kaunda tried it but lamentably failed. And now with the two recognition that have come from the international community the issue of Barotseland's statehood has become very interesting.
MUYOYE MALOZI KOMUYAKOMUKUWA LWA MILATA HABUTUKU LUNA BABANCA BA BULOZI MILWALATA NI NAHA YALUNA YENDE HAKALO YA BAROTSELAND. BULOZI KI BWALUNA SHA HAKI BWA MANYUKU-NYUKU!!!!
In just a day’s time, African leaders could kill off a great institution, leaving the world a more dangerous place.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the world’s first and only global court to adjudicate crimes against humanity. But leaders of Sudan and Kenya, who have inflicted terror and fear across their countries, are trying to drag Africa out of the ICC, allowing them the freedom to kill, rape, and inspire hatred without consequences.
I know that together we can change this. But we have to join hands and call on the voices of reason at the African Union (AU) – Nigeria and South Africa – to speak out and ensure that the persecuted are protected by the ICC. Join me by adding your name to the petition now and share it with everyone -- when we have hit 1 million our petition will be delivered straight into the AU conference hall where Africa’s leaders are meeting in Addis Ababa.
In my years of work, life and travel, the fight for justice has been a long and arduous one. I have seen the very worst in Darfur and Rwanda, but also the very best with the reconciliation in South Africa. During this journey, I have seen great gains made that protect the weak from the strong and give us all hope. The ICC is one of these beacons of hope.
This threat to the ICC started precisely because the court was doing its job. It charged Kenya's Deputy President for killing people who rallied against him during an election and Sudan's President for murdering women and children in Darfur. Now Kenya and Sudan are lobbying all of Africa to pull out of the court and destroy its chance of success.
But in Darfur, Congo, Cote D’Ivoire and Kenya, the ICC has played a key role in bringing hope to those terrified by the armies, militias and madmen that have waged war against the innocent. It’s a light in the darkness that cannot be allowed to go out.
The main argument by some leaders with a guilty conscience is that the ICC is a Western witch-hunt as most of the investigations have happened in Africa. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. This was an institution that was created by 20 African countries, 5 of the court’s 18 judges are African and the chief prosecutor is African.
Friday is a key judgement day. Will our African leaders stand on the side of justice or injustice? With survivors and fallen vict ims or with tyrants and oppressors? This is the moment to choose. Join me in calling on African leaders to stand on the side of justice and support the International Criminal Court:
I've seen some of the brightest moments in human history, moments where we together brought hope to so many. This is our chance to do that again, together.
With hope and appreciation for this community,
Botswana Supports International Criminal Court (Voice of America): http://www.voanews.com/content/botswana-supports-international-criminal-court/1764960.html
130 Groups Across Africa Call for Countries to Back ICC (Human Rights Watch): http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/10/07/130-groups-across-africa-call-countries-back-icc
Kenya pushing for African split from International Criminal Court (Irish Times): http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/africa/kenya-pushing-for-african-split-from-international-criminal-court-1.1549427
Annan defends International Criminal Court (News 24): http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/Annan-defends-International-Criminal-Court-20131007
1. Was it by magic spell that Barotzish were made Zambians?
2. Was it by coercion or at gun point?
3. Was it by law or
4. Voluntarily or by what means?
No Barotzi National is naturally a Zambian. Zambia! What is it? It is a name derived from a political party, ‘’ Zambia African National Congress’’ (ZANC).
When that political party was formed Barotseland was in existence for six (6) hundred and forty (40) years then; with her people living in harmony, under one King.
The name of a political party later became the name of the country (Zambia).
The truth of the matter is that the section of the constitution 1965, which dealt with citizenship, was categorically clear; the Barotzish were not included.
Who and what made us Zambian then? How could my father who was born in 1902 be a Zambian? We cannot behave like people who do not understand the context of written law.
Those security men who think they can fight truth with weapons will soon be ashamed.
BAROTSELAND U YOYE
L. PELEKELO MWA MBUNGA.
04th July, 2014
WHERE THERE IS NO VISION PEOPLE PERISH
The people of Barotseland are not destined to perish. If they perish it will be at their own free choice. At the moment Barotzis are so terrified by the pronouncements of crime by their foe or enemy, as those who have heard the blast of the bomb shell. Let the Barotzis hold their peace, comprehend and understand the following:
i. Crime against persons.
ii. Crime against state.
iii. Crime against humanity.
Some of the crimes against persons are:
3) Malicious damage to property
Typical examples of crimes against the state are such as:
4) Misappropriation of Government Funds (Corruption)
In these cases, though there is a person or individual inflicted by an act; the one who acts as a complainant is the state, and the person afflicted or affected becomes the witness.
Treason Felony is an act targeting the Government or the rulers, whereas crime against humanity is a crime committed by the government against mankind. What can be deduced from the foregoing are:
If we have people in Barotseland and we have a state or a territory, then these offenses can exist or be cited. But if people of Barotseland believe that they are people of Zambia, then their belief will transform and transfer them into Zambia, though physically in Barotseland, and will be subjected to Zambian codes and statutes.
If the people of Barotseland know that there is Barotseland territory, and they are Barotse people; then they should know that they exist and shall not be moved and be transformed into something else, and logically, where there are Barotse people and Barotseland territory, even if there were no laws, the people would be forced to have laws that suite them. After all laws guide, regulate and are for orderliness of the society.
We originate as a territory from King Mboo, and Mulambwa mutomi wa milao. Who says we do not understand the importance of law? We had village Kuta, Silalo KUTA, SIKILITI KUTA, SIIKALO KUTA AND KASHANDI KUTA. NO AFRICAN SOCIETY HAD SUCH COURTS. WE ARE A PEOPLE OF JUSTICE.
Everything exists in the context of belief where the society is concerned. The president believes that he has power. A judge believes that he has power. The policeman believes that he has power. Power is not tangible but it exists in someone’s mind and belief; these people do not physically handle the vessel called power, but because of certain formalities, they appear to have powers.
First, you have to believe in the remedy before you can get healed. When Mr. Kaunda declared that “Barotseland shall become Western,” people had to believe him. It did not require him to change into an ugly creature or so in order for his words to be taken.
The Litunga is the Head of State of Barotseland Kingdom, and He has powers; so the people must believe. If you don’t want to be slave or servant of Zambia anymore, just believe that Barotseland is a free state.
Note what the bible states “To whom you yield yourselves as servants to obey, to him you become a servant whom you obey.” Romans 6:16.
If you believe that Barotseland is an independent state, then only then can you deal with invaders; uninvited intruders according to Barotseland laws. Therefore, do not choose to become slaves and servant of Zambia.
RT. HON. AFUMBA MOMBOTWA
ROYAL BAROTSELAND GOVERNMENT
Zambia, please stop torturing our Brothers and Sisters; our fathers and grant parents, the young, the old; and the crippled.
Human rights watch, please where are you!!; where is the Amnesty International? When are you going to show interest in the Barotse affairs?
Barotzish victims of conscience are being tortured mentally and psychologically.
- Doubtless, no Magistrate or Judge in Zambia disowns Barotseland, because it exists.
- No Magistrate or Judge can disown the Barotseland Agreement 1964, between Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia (Zambia).
- No Magistrate or Judge can disown that Zambia annulled or abrogated the Agreement.
- No Magistrate or Judge can disown that the Barotseland Agreement cost people their lives.
Zambia please, self determination is not crime. The learned, Hon. Judge Musonda (a Bemba) said in the case of Sitwala Imenda in 2005 in Lusaka High Court that self- determination is a right internationally recognized; he cited examples of Eritrea and South Sudan where people wanted self-determination. Except that his opinion (not fact) at that time was people of Barotseland could not seek self rule because they were treated well in Zambia.
N.B The implication here is that , by the time the Barotzish would realize that they were suffering, they could demand for self-determination. In fact the Barotzish demanded for self-determination earlier than that.
No body can claim that people who are being killed are not suffering if that was the argument.
There is no Magistrate or Judge worthy his salt, can claim or convince the world that self-determination is treason. Even Ngulube cannot, since there is no lesson dealing with self-determination at Lilayi School of police officers in Zambia.
Please Zambia understand what our brothers are saying. There is absolutely nothing that makes Barotseland part of Zambia.
Remember that the Constitution Review Commission 2003 comprised Professors, doctors, lawyers among other people.
In their report the commission lucidly put it across to the Government that failing to implement the Agreement raises a question as to where does the government of the Republic of Zambia drive its authority from to rule Barotseland.
No Magistrate or Judge, even Dr. Guy Scot leader of the house (Parliament) can challenge that report.
Zambia, Zambia, why can’t you come to your senses. Do not be deceived by the Barotsis who orchestrate the chorus that we made unitary state in 1964. No! these people are in no position to tell us what unitary state means; since unitary came in 1996 and the law of estoppel by record cannot allow any body to argque.The people you are tormenting belong to a different Nation and different country.
Please Zambia equity does not allow you to the jury, prosecutor and complainant at the same time. Why can’t you look for an independent court? May be Zambia requires deliverance, if so they have to go to Nigeria.
Justice delayed is justice denied. Amnesty International please come to our aid.
May be let me end by drawing the attention of the world to the relics of mwanapoho ye nsu Rikki Ililonga that goes:-
"Frank talk took me to prison, I am not a rebel. Some say it is treason but frank talk is the reason, you are my neighbor. Lets us come to the round table I am able to bring you down".
Oh yes our brothers and relatives are incarcerated because of frank talk.
On Tuesday 15th January 2013 I did not get to watch the ZNBC Television evening News. Like every other time when I miss the news and perchance there is an item on Barotseland, I get to know about it through the numerous calls that I receive from all over, people trying to get my view or take on whatever the issue may be. This time around the news was that the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) had decided to make a late entry into the ‘Western Province’ (Slave Name for Barotseland) Constitutional Conference. The reactions were such a mixed grill of emotions from a state of confusion to disgust, to utter frustration and despair plus indeed every other emotion imaginable in between.
I made sure I went through everything written on the item through the electronic media and made several phone calls to try and verify the media version of the story before I could try to negotiate some sleep that night. I remember tossing on my bed restlessly and constantly asking myself the question: “Could it be that indeed the BRE has sunk so low and is prepared to sale this beautiful land for a few ‘pieces of silver’?” After the Bold statements made by the BRE through the Ngambela and indeed other Indunas (before and after the current impasse over the Ngambelaship), I could not see how the BRE could sink so low and swallow its own words over the Zambian Constitution making process. Something was just not adding up.
The following day though, a whole different picture imaged as frantic efforts were made by the BRE to set itself free from the mudslinging tactics of the Zambian Media Houses. A hurried meeting was arranged with stakeholders to explain BRE’s position. A statement was also written and read before the cameras categorically denying the picture painted by the reports of the previous day.
This whole episode in the story of Barotseland has left more questions than answers for sure. Why did the Indunas decide to go to the conference when the position of BRE was clear and already stated in official communication to the Zambian Government? In fact some Barotses are before the Zambian Courts of Law because of trying to make that position more clear. If it was to restate the same position to the convenors of the conference, why did they not speak out? Rather we hear they just joined the proceeding of the meeting, joined the subcommittees and even got paid the allowances for the whole duration of the conference. Did these Indunas indeed apologise on behalf of the Litunga for joining the Conference late as the PF Vuvuzela media houses would have us believe? Why was the statement from BRE, though commendable in many respects, fall short of restating the real position which is: BRE is not participating in Zambia’s constitutional making process because in line with the March 27 BNC Resolution Barotseland has resolved to pursue its own statehood independent and separate from the rest of Zambia?
“Rejecting the expectation or notion by the Zambian government that we surrender our autonomy as expressed in the Barotseland Agreement 1964 in return for economic development.
We now inform Zambia and the international community that we finally accept the unilateral nullification and the abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 by the Zambian government, which action has freed Barotseland from being part of Zambia.
We the people of Barotseland declare that Barotseland is now free to pursue its own self-determination and destiny.
6. The people of Barotseland shall exercise their right to revert Barotseland to its original status as a sovereign nation, so that the people of Barotseland shall determine their political, cultural, social and economic development.
Well we may never know the real truth about this episode but one thing is true; at least for me that shake-up made me follow the proceedings of the Constitutional Conference with a little keener interest. Prior to that incidence the whole process was an exercise in futility as far as I was concerned. Those who were attending in my opinion were just having a good time out and taking advantage of the situation to earn some extra Kwachas so as to fulfill the campaign promise of ‘more money in your pocket’. On hind sight I want to take my cap off and salute the gallant men and women who attend that conference and spoke for the good of Barotseland in what I consider to have been a very hostile environment.
A number of resolutions made by the conference though several steps behind the March 27 2012 BNC Resolution go a long way in adding to the collective CRY OF THE PEOPLE OF BAROTSELAND for the right to self determination which has been sounded and resounded at every opportunity that has presented itself to the Barotse people over the half a century history of Zambia’s forced dominion over the territory fondly known by its rightful inhabitants as Barotseland and falsely referred to by its occupying forces as Western Province.
The question that begs an answer and constantly, irritatingly pocks the conscious is “What will it take for the Zambian Authorities in particular and the World community at large in general to hear the CRY OF THE PEOPLE OF BAROTSELAND?
We have spoken through delegations to the Zambian State House and Government house, through constitutional review commission (CRCs), National Constitutional Conference (NCCs) subcommittees and plenary sessions, Parliamentary subcommittees and commissions of inquiries. We have made submissions to SADDC, OAU/AU, Commonwealth and the UN. We have used the print and electronic media be it locally, nationally, internationally and globally. We have even used court proceedings of our persecuted men and women to tell the world in black and white that we want our right to self determination and we will stop at nothing until we have it. Yet Zambia and the rest of the world seem to turn a deaf ear to the CRY OF THE PEOPLE OF BAROTSELAND?
We refuse to be pushed to the limit so as to resort to barbaric means of conflict resolution because we are too civilized to use barbaric means. Yet we cannot guarantee that all the angry and frustrated people of Barotseland have the same level of maturity and civility as to not someday resort to speak the language that probably will get the attention of the world
Well I am just thinking Aloud
Caution: For some reason known only to the Zambia police the following excerpt of the Report on the National Constitution Commission of 2003, also known as the Mungomba report, has suddenly become 'Seditious' as one Barotseland national, Hon. Mubita Waluka, is currently in Zambian prison (still on trial that keeps adjourning because magistrates finds one reason or the other not to attend court sessions) for having a copy of this excerpt downloaded from Barotsepost.com
(Executive Summary, Page 509)
1.0 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
From the submissions received (On The Barotseland Agreement of 1964) the following, are the findings and conclusions of the commission:
1.1 INTENT AND EVOLUTION OF THE AGREEMENT.
The Barotseland Agreement 1964 is a successor treaty to the treaties subsisting between the British Crown and the Barotse Monarchy relating to the Protection status of Barotseland, prior to independence. The Agreement incorporates the territory and people of the former Protectorate of Barotseland into the nation of Zambia, and transfers all obligations and rights of the British Crown with respect to Barotseland to the Government of Zambia, effective 24th October, 1964. The authority of the Zambian Government over Barotseland is, therefore, derived from and legitimized by the Agreement. The Agreement further provides terms and conditions on which governance in Barotseland is to be conducted by both the Zambian Government and the Barotse Government.
The unitary nature of the Zambian State is derived from the fact that the two constituent territories, i.e. the Protectorate of Barotseland and the Protectorate of Northern Rhodesia signed this treaty to become one independent Sovereign Republic. This principle is enshrined in paragraph 2 and 3 of the Preamble to the Agreement. This principle was further reflected in the legal instrument that gave birth to the new Republic, that is. Article 125 (1) of Northern Rhodesia Independence Order 1964 which promulgated the independence constitution, and section 1 of the Zambia Independence Act of 1964. Both these legal provisions arose as a direct consequence of the Agreement 1964.
Barotseland is a part of Zambia and remains so only as a consequence of the Barotseland Agreement 1964. Failure to implement the Agreement amounts to frustration of the treaty which gives rise to questions about the legitimacy of the Zambian Government authority over Barotseland and jeopardizes the continued existence of unitary state.
The commission has had sight of copies of the Agreement as presented by some of the petitioners. The original copies may be viewed at relevant Government Registries and Archives.
The people who prepared this legal position were people with integrity, highly qualified professionals. In fact they are among the cream of Zambia's legal minds. The report is not questionable to any sane person. Our understanding of this report is that there is no Zambian leader irrespective of rank who can claim to have authority over Barotseland when the Agreement is already terminated.