• 05
  • Dec

The Zambian Watchdog reports that the Lusaka High Court has ruled that the offence of ‘publishing false news’ is unconstitutional and therefore void and no one should be arrested for publishing false news. Judge Isaac Chali made the landmark ruling this morning when he freed FODEP director McDonald Chipenzi who has been charged with the same offence. In December last year, the police arrested Chipenzi together with Richard Sakala of the Daily Nation newspaper after they alleged that police were conducting secret recruitments.

Police spokesperson Charity Chanda had that time said we have formally jointly charged and arrested the FODEP Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi, Daily Nation Newspaper Proprietor Richard Sakala and the Production Editor for the Daily Nation Newspaper Simon Mwanza for the offense of Publication of false information with intent to cause alarm contrary to section 67 subsections (i) and (ii) of the penal code cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.

But Judge Chali said today that section 67 of the Penal Code is void as it offends the provisions of Articles 18 and 20 of the Constitution of Zambia.

Judge Chali further said that in the circumstances, the prosecution of the accused person is unconstitutional and therefore void as such proceedings cannot be permitted in a democratic society which has a Bill of Rights expressly entrenched in a written Constitution.

The Zambian government this year arrested and subsequently jailed three Barotseland National Youth League members for allegedly publishing false information with intent to alarm the public.

The three youths who are now saving a three years jail sentence in Kaoma are Boris Muziba, Nayoto Mwenda and Sikwibele Wasilota.

  • 05
  • Dec

Historically, we cannot dispute the Claim of Barotseland to self-determination.

It will be interesting to watch how Barotseland independence struggle come to conclusion as all efforts to redress the peaceful disengagement with Zambia, as good neighbors, have proved to be futile and now further evokes sentiments of treasonable charges, of which to me sounds irresponsible on the side of Zambia. How can abrogator blame the victim? This is an act of rebellion against public international law of which gave birth to most of modern countries exist to day.

For the past 49 years, Zambia refused to dialogue with Barotseland within the realm and sphere of her own law. It will even be more difficult for Zambia to accept to solve Barotseland impasse at international court of Justice, going by Zambia's disrespectful of Human rights, without external pressure. It is in the records at Permanent Court of Arbitration that the Zambian government , under the late Michael Chilufya Sata, refused in May 2014, to have the Barotseland issue settled through the arbitration process. This is the principle Zambia stands on, and whoever becomes the president upholds the same principle. However, legal dimension in Barotseland independence struggle is expedient as it is the peaceful approach favored by international community and a right weapon to deal with rogue state like Zambia. The government of Zambia defaulted the BA64 and expect Barotseland to remain mute and be part of Zambia as subservient citizens! How can Zambia be trusted , when has failed to obey the law on treaties by unilateral abrogating the BA64 with impunity?

There are some of the questions the legal forum in a sitting court may ask, not limited to the objector subject only, a Lawyer who is well versed in constitutional law is likely to ask other questions that will challenge the Zambian state machinery for unconstitutional omissions and commissions of Public International law regarding Treaties and Agreements, as they relate to the 1969 Vienna convention on the law of Treaties.

People of Barotseland are law abiding , peace loving and determined to achieve their political liberty without bloodshed and none violence method. Don’t we have enough to die from, that we should think so low as to wage war and die from the barrel of a gun, instead of natural death? Let all peace loving communities around the world come to the aide of Barotseland as the call was made through the BNC 2012 resolutions for peaceful disengagement. This government of Zambia can no longer be trusted in this regard.

In God we trust that soon Barotseland shall be liberated. God bless you all, in Zambia and Barotseland.

Tukongote Litunga Ni lyetu.
By Saleya Kwalombota

  • 02
  • Dec

Following the unfolding events of Zambian 's presidential bye-election  campaigns and visitation of Barotseland territory by one of Zambia's aspiring presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema that has raised the dust among the citizens of Barotseland can not go without comment.  If the reports reaching us are true concerning the stand taken by BRE "endorsing" Hakainde Hichilema a foreigner of Zambian territory as their preferred candidate and adopted as their own "SON" to stage his Zambian presidential campaigns in Barotseland is not only shocking but a revolt against the will of the Barotseland people. This is serious and danger to the peace and respect the people of Barotseland has for the monarch.

It is really difficult to understand what has gone wrong with the present BRE or our monarchical system of today! Poverty should not rob us of our integrity, our independence struggle should be above monetary gains . What signal are we sending to the international community if our  very  monarch  is dining and feasting with our (oppressor)  enemy? No matter what, the Leopard will never change its color, the scheme that led to the abrogation of the BA64 is inherent in the Zambian blood.  The BRE should live to the fact that nothing will change  Zambia's treacherous altitude towards the autonomy of Barotseland, that is the reason Zambia is not willing to vacate Barotseland honorary or to settle the issue at international court of justice (ICJ). It will be prudent for the Indunas close to Litunga to exercise high level of reasoning when dealing with issues bordering the territorial integrity of Barotseland, than exhibiting their thirsty of monetary gains. They should have known by now that whoever become the Zambian president can never go against the principle laid by the first Zambian Republican president Kenneth Kaunda concerning the BA64 and autonomous of Barotseland.

It is a well known truth  that there was no agreement called ‘Western Province’. Any zambian politician or political party call  Barotseland  by such name,  automatic becomes an enemy of Barotseland and as much as I do not tend to diminish the BRE,  I see no logic for them to get excited with the visitation of UPND leader or any Zambian political party leader whose party call our country by western province name.  The tagging of Barotseland as ‘Western Province’ was an autocratic imposition of the Northern Rhodesia government to alter the margins of Barotseland.

Not even the United Party for National  Development ( UPND)'s  stance on Barotseland;  that of the creation of structures being  similar to a federal system of government, where provinces have semi-autonomous powers , addresses the BA 64 question. In July  2014, the UPND deputy spokesperson  had this to say in response to defend Hakainde 's visitation of Barotseland's for Mangango parliamentary bye-election campaign, "that the people of Western province should be left to solve their own problems" and he further said, "that at no time has Hakainde Hichilema ever promised to restore the BA64."  This is UPND's  ideology over the BA64, let us be careful  least we will be dubbed as in the past.  UPND is in agreement with Zambia's abrogation of the union treaty (BA64).  It is time for the BRE to recourse the institution not to be used  as a doormat into Zambia's State house by Zambian politicians.

For how long will it take the Zambian government to acknowledge and respect the human, political and economic rights of the people of Barotseland expressed by the 2012 BNC resolutions? Were they not the  same rights the people of Barotseland had enjoyed for centuries as a nation before the union with Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) in 1964?  Certainly, it is only denialist, misguided and selfish if BRE  think supporting the independence resolve of  Barotseland of 2012 BNC declaration of which the BRE was  part and organiser of the congress whose resolutions were endorsed by BRE for implementation,  can  be tantamount to treason!  The BRE has to be in forefront in this matter as is the very institution that was a signatory to the BA64 and in the absence of  this agreement , secession does not arise, only self-assertion becomes the issue. The territorial assertion should first start with ourselves, the BRE and every Mulozi  should cease to call the territory as western province from now onwards. whosoever shall call barotseland western province is committing an offence and must be disowned.

Tukongote Litunga Ni lyetu.
By Saleya Kwalombota

  • 25
  • Nov

CLAYTON, Mo. -- A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced Monday.

McCulloch said members of the jury met for 25 days and heard over 70 hours of testimony from over 60 witnesses before reaching their decision. He confirmed Wilson had fired 12 shots at Brown, who was unarmed.

Brown's Aug. 9 death sparked massive demonstrations in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson and a national conversation on race and law enforcement. Activists had predicted a new wave of demonstrations if Wilson was not indicted -- not only in Ferguson, but in the greater St. Louis region and in other cities across the country.

"We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions," Brown's family said in a statement. "While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen."

McCulloch said he would release full transcripts of the grand jury proceedings Monday night. His office took an unusual approach to the grand jury process by simply presenting the panel with all the evidence but not recommending any specific charges against Wilson.

"From the onset, we have maintained and the grand jury agreed that Officer Wilson's actions on August 9 were in accordance with the laws and regulations that govern the procedures of an officer," Wilson's lawyers said in a statement. "Law enforcement personnel must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions. Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law."

Witnesses to Brown's shooting who have publicly spoken about their recollections largely told the same story about the events that led to his death.

It is well established that Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson were walking in the middle of a quiet residential street near the home of Brown's grandmother when Wilson confronted them shortly after noon on Saturday, Aug. 9. The witnesses who spoke publicly said there was an initial confrontation between Brown and Wilson through the window of his police SUV -- some said they thought Wilson was trying to pull Brown in, while Wilson has reportedly said that Brown reached for his weapon.

Wilson reportedly fired one shot out the window, and witnesses claim that Brown took off running. Wilson emerged from the vehicle, and Brown at some point turned around. Many witnesses who have spoken publicly said that Brown looked like he was trying to surrender and put his hands in the air as Wilson shot the final fatal rounds. Wilson reportedly contends that Brown was headed back toward him.

The Washington Post, meanwhile, reported that seven or eight witnesses largely backed up Wilson's account of the shooting in testimony before the grand jury. Those witnesses, like most of the people in Ferguson, are African-American.

When Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson released Wilson's name on Aug. 15, the police department simultaneously released a video that appeared to show Brown stealing cigarillos from a convenience store not long before the shooting and shoving a clerk when he was confronted. Jackson has since said that Wilson was not aware that Brown had been involved in any alleged robbery when the officer spotted him on the street.

  • 25
  • Nov

INTRODUCTION: 

The purpose of this article is both to evaluate from an international legal and a political perspective of Barotseland 's assertion of statehood and to consider the prospects for a new literal state in southern Africa as a 55th African State.

Barotseland is a country in the Southern Africa encompassing an area of Total 368,823 km2 or 142,403 sq mi with the Population estimated at  5,153,405 in 2012.  Legally, Barotseland ceased to be part of Zambia when the union treaty Barotseland Agreement 1964 was repudiated by Zambia in 1969.  On 27th March 2012, Barotseland accepted the repudiation of BA64  and ultimately extracted itself from a degenerate Zambia by declaring statehood and has been so far  recognized by the international organizations,  such as  FFSA (Federation of Free States of Africa)  and UNPO. Being a member to UNPO ( Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization ) , means Barotseland can attend United Nations deliberations as observer nation and the other important point is that the ground for recognition by UN member countries has been leveled. Barotseland's  independence declaration has so far not being refuted by a single member of international community and  since 27th March
 , 2012, Barotseland State exists in what I may refer to as a " diplomatic no- man's land."

ARGUMENTS FOR /AGAINST BAROTSELAND STATEHOOD

a) CRITERIA FOR STATEHOOD

Under the generally regarded international Law definition of State, an entity seeking statehood must be prepared to demonstrate that it possesses:

1.  a permanent population
 2.  a defined territory
 3.  government; and
 4.  the capacity to enter into international relations with other states.

The requirements of a permanent population and defined territory provide the physical bases for the existence of the state, while the government and international relations requirements evidence the legal  order necessary for the state to function within international community. Seemingly, a straight forward factional inquiry, these relatively subjective criteria of statehood can be somewhat problematical to apply. For instance, how many people constitute a population? What is meant by a defined territory? Even though Israel 's boundaries have yet to be decisively delineated, Israel unquestionably exists as a state.  Likewise, to what extent  ( both territorial and political) must be requisite government be able to govern? Croatia was accepted as a state even through at the time of its acceptance large parts of its territory were controlled by non- governmental forces. As to the criterion of the capacity to enter into international relations, debate have ensured over whether this criterion requires not just the capacity, but the corresponding ability to conduct international relations.

International legal scholars such as Ian Brownlie maintain that the international relations criterion is best understood as a proxy for the criterion of independence. By independence Brownlie is referring to that fact that non other sovereign exists. Thus, the actual ability to carry out an effective international relations regime is secondary to the absence of a competing  sovereign with the right to maintain international relations on behalf of the prospective state.

b) RECOGNITION BY OTHER STATES IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ---HAS BEEN A KEY FACTOR IN ATTRIBUTING STATEHOOD.

In addition to the inherent subjectivity issues, other political factors have influenced the statehood test. Although article 16 of the Montevideo convention declares that " the political existence of the state is independent of recognition by other states" , recognition by other states in international community - the " largesse of the doctrine of recognition"- has been a key factor in attributing statehood. Taiwan as one example arguably meets the statehood criteria under the Montevideo convention, but, because of the political situation with  China, most states have been unwilling to recognize it as such. Thus, without recognition by the rest of the international community, most usually demonstrated by acceptance into the United Nations as a  member state, prospective state will find it difficult to achieve the status of statehood.

CONCLUSION

Barotseland as a prospective state, should not  exercise self- determination through universal suffrage usually impacts the recognition process and may, for practical purposes, be considered an additional political factor in the statehood calculus. Moreover, Barotseland bears all the trappings, so to speak, of a statehood which it lacked for centuries such as  national flag, coat of arms and national anthem. In addition, the Royal Barotseland civil government that was inaugurated a year ago proposed a national currency (MUPU),  stamps, passports, national registration card ( NRC ) and many more.  From a purely international legal standpoint, Barotseland could, indeed pass the statehood test. It is acknowledged that Zambia ceded Barotseland territory from being part of Zambia by the unilateral termination of Barotseland Agreement 1964 union treaty. Yet to date, the continental body African Union has never given seriousness  attention to Barotseland impasse, it is this political factor - " the largesse  of the doctrine of recognition" - that holds Barotseland 's total independence. What, then, is Barotseland's prospects for eventual recognition? In short, Barotseland is at the  crossroads of the legal and philosophical struggles between territorial integrity : Self - determination and unresolved issues regarding what to do with Zambia if diplomatic approach fails.

Tukongote Litunga Ni lyetu.

By Saleya Kwalombota
 

  • 21
  • Nov

LONDON — A struggle over who will succeed the late President Michael Sata of Zambia intensified on Friday when members of the governing Patriotic Front said Guy Scott, the acting president, had been suspended from the party but would remain the country’s interim leader, according to news reports.

Malozo Sichone, a member of the Patriotic Front central committee, said the panel had decided to suspend Mr. Scott for “unconstitutional conduct and for abrogating the party constitution,” reports said. Mr. Scott was also accused of influencing the news media to further his cause.

Mr. Sata, 77, died late last month and Mr. Scott — a Cambridge-educated economist and former farmer who had been vice president — took over as acting president to oversee a transition to elections on Jan. 20

Critics of Mr. Scott, the first white leader in Africa for two decades, say he is disqualified from running for the presidency because his parents were not born in Zambia, as required by the Constitution.

There was no immediate response to the suspension from Mr. Scott, who has been at loggerheads with Edgar Lungu, the minister of defense and the leader of a rival faction in the Patriotic Front.

Mr. Lungu, who is seen as a front-runner in the contest, is said to believe that the central committee, made up of 53 members, should choose the party’s candidate for president.

Mr. Scott and other contenders are said to prefer that a general conference of thousands of delegates should make the party’s choice.

Tensions between the two factions have been sharpening since before Mr. Sata’s death, when he chose Mr. Lungu to stand in for him when he traveled to London for medical treatment. Mr. Sata, nicknamed King Cobra for his acerbic tongue, had been in ill health for months.

In early November, Mr. Scott fired Mr. Lungu as party secretary general, but quickly reinstated him after protests on the streets. At the same time, one of Mr. Lungu’s supporters, Newton Nguni, brought a legal challenge to Mr. Scott’s appointment as interim leader.

The Patriotic Front came to power in 2011 after several failed attempts at earlier elections in Zambia, a landlocked, copper-rich nation in central Africa.

The long list of politicians seeking the presidency on the Patriotic Front ticket includes Mr. Sata’s son Mulenga Sata, the mayor of Lusaka, the capital, and the president’s widow, Christine Kaseba, Reuters reported.

Source: The New York Times

  • 20
  • Nov

A Zambian presidential aspirant who is also Commerce and trade minister Bob Sichinga has said he will resolve the Barotseland Agreement 'impasse' if elected Zambian president.

Speaking at a press briefing Wednesday morning when he announced his intention to vie for the Patriotic Front presidency following the death of President Michael Sata, Sichinga said there was need to resolve Barotseland Agreement issue and other developmental projects that were initiated by the late president Sata.

The Youth and Sports Minister Chishimba kambwili, who had at one time warned that the Zambian government would meet the people of Barotseland head on should they try to revert to their previous status (which he called succeeding), is among the PF politicians who have filed in nomination papers for the PF presidency.

Zambians will vote for the president on20th January 2015 and the politicians are already scheming on what lies to take to Barotseland.

Each time there is a presidential election Zambian politicians raise the Barotseland Agreement 1964 issue to win votes in Barotseland. With an impending presidential by – election to be held on the 20th of January 2015 called upon by the death of late president Michael Sata’s this matter will once again be a campaign issue. What is not clear, however, is whether Barotse citizens will entertain Zambian electioneering, with Barotseland independence activists already calling for the total snubbing of the by-election.

Although Barotseland declared independence from Zambia in 2012, her processes of citizenship, like many other government institutions, are not yet finalized, and Zambia administration still holds control of the territory, and do not spare a moment to show just how much in control they still are, with thousands of military and security operatives camped all over Barotseland, besieging the emerging country.

The Barotseland Agreement that was signed between Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia in 1964 to form Zambia was abrogated in 1969 by Zambia, and on 27th March 2012, Barotseland resolved to accept the abrogation and revert to her previous status following unheeded pleas by Barotseland authorities for Zambia to restore the now defunct treaty.

  • 20
  • Nov

Barotseland Administrator General, Rt. Honorable Afumba Mombotwa, has continued to caution Barotse nationals against those who deliberately seek to distort information and mislead the world by asserting that there is a dispute between Barotseland and Zambia. The actual position rather is that Barotseland is now a separate state from Zambia in accordance with the declaration of the last Barotse National Council (BNC) of 27th March 2012, that Barotzis citizens have nothing to do with Zambia any more.

Accordingly, Hon Afumba said that the Barotse National Council is a supreme democratic congress of the highest order in the territory of Barotseland, above even the Privy Council (The Litunga's Council); whose decision is final, binding and cannot be questioned by anybody within the Barotseland Territory, and that another such council can only be called for when the nation is confronted with a problem that requires tacit and consent of the people.

He further said, however, that the council (BNC) does not deal with prerogative of the sovereign, cautioning Barotzish against hypocrites who preach peace and yet abhor that which brings peace.

“All the Barotzis know that the country of Zambia was built on the foundation of deceit, delusion and double standards. Zambia signed an agreement with Barotseland (The Barotseland Agreement 1964); the only basis of relationship and yet the same Zambia did not abide by that Agreement, and continued to move with pride with their shoulders high. Whosoever questioned the nullification of the Agreement became an arch enemy of the entire people of Zambia especially the police and risked his life.

"Zambian Presidents; all of them were occupied with coercion of Barotseland. They believed that they could do whatever they wanted because they have the muscles.Said Hon. Afumba.

He further said to state that the future of Barotseland was entrusted into the hands of dishonest and unfaithful people is to depict the spirit of the father of all lies.

"Zambians passed devious Acts invalidating alliance code (Agreement) after that it became the order of the day for the security men to constantly flock to Barotseland to reinforce coercion now, while Zambian Pastors pray for peace of Zambia. The clergy in Barotseland have to pray for the prosperity of Barotseland, the land of our fore fathers. All Zambians know about the BNC Resolutions including their late President Mr. Sata; those who think we are weak deliberately ignore this."

In conclusion Hon Mombotwa urged all the Barotzis be patriotic for their nation and contribute financially; those along the line of rail, in the remotest parts of Barotseland and in the diaspora, friends including those in security and well-wishers, the youths and the old; so that Barotseland could deal with Zambia accordingly once and for all.

Below is the full cautionary statement:

19th November, 2014.

CAUTION TO ALL PEOPLE OF BAROTSELAND KINGDOM

No Barotzish can deny the existence of Barotseland, even if he/she is gluttonous. Really, normal people and those who are sincere do know that, the Barotse National Council and declaration of independence of Barotseland are a reality.

Surely, we cannot keep on repeating the same thing like a broken stereo record. Barotse National Council is a supreme democratic congress of the highest order in the territory of Barotseland above the Privy Council; whose decision is final, binding and cannot be questioned by anybody within the Barotseland Territory. The Barotse National Council can only be called for, when the nation is confronted with a problem that requires tacit and consent of the people. The council does not deal with prerogative of the sovereign.

Those devoid of understanding, distort the information and mislead the world by asserting that there is a dispute between Barotseland and Zambia. There is no dispute at all! The Barotzis have nothing to do with Zambia any more.

Nobody can deceive God!!

Those who desire peace do not:

  • Lie to others
  • Deceive others
  • Delude others
  • Betray other people
  • Cheat other people
  • Beguile others
  • Oppress and kill people who demand for their rights!!

The hypocrites preach peace, but that which brings peace is abhorred. All the Barotzis know that the country of Zambia was built on the foundation of deceit, delusion and double standards. Zambia signed an agreement with Barotseland; the only basis of relationship and yet the same Zambia did not abide by that Agreement, and continued to move with pride with their shoulders high. Whosoever questioned the nullification of the Agreement became an arch enemy of the entire people of Zambia especially the police and risked his life.

Zambian Presidents; all of them were occupied with coercion of Barotseland. They believed that they could do whatever they wanted because they have the muscles.

The Christian Bible says: the devil is a liar; he does not stand in truth, and he is the father of lies. How many Zambian Christians know that?

To state that the future of Barotseland was entrusted into the hands of dishonest and unfaithful people is to depict the spirit of the father of all lies. Zambians passed devious Acts invalidating alliance code (Agreement) after that it became the order of the day for the security men to constantly flock to Barotseland to reinforce coercion now, while Zambian Pastors pray for peace of Zambia. The clergy in Barotseland have to pray for the prosperity of Barotseland, the land of our fore fathers. All Zambians know about the BNC Resolutions including their late President Mr. Sata; those who think we are weak deliberately ignore this.

At this juncture, let all the Barotzis be patriotic for their nation and contribute financially; those along the line of rail in the remote parts of Barotseland and in diaspora friends including those in security and well-wishers, the youths and the old; we wish to deal with Zambia accordingly once and for all.

Litunga ni lyetu!

Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa
Administrator General
Royal Barotseland Kingdom

  • 17
  • Nov

OUAGADOUGOU - Authorities in Burkina Faso named former foreign minister Michel Kafando as transitional president on Monday in a key step towards returning the West African country to democracy in the wake of a brief military takeover.

Kafando was chosen as part of a charter hammered out after long time President Blaise Compaore was toppled on October 31 following mass protests, only to be replaced a day later by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida.

Kafando will name a prime minister to appoint a 25-member government, but will be barred from standing at elections planned for late next year.

"The committee has just designated me to guide temporarily the destiny of our country. This is more than an honour. It's a true mission which I will take with the utmost seriousness," Kafando told journalists and a 23-strong committee.

The committee, drawn from the army, traditional and religious groups, civil society and the political opposition, selected him from among five candidates after a closed-door meeting that began on Sunday and went into the early hours, witnesses said.

The African Union gave Zida two weeks to re-establish civilian rule or face sanctions and on Saturday he restored the constitution suspended when Compaore was overthrown.

Compaore was a regional power broker and a Western ally against Islamist militants, but many opposed his efforts to change the constitution that would have allowed him to stand for re-election next year and extend his 27-year rule.

Kafando, 72, was also ambassador of the former French colony at the United Nations and for one year president of the Security Council, one of several senior posts he held during Compaore's presidency. His candidacy was proposed by the army - Reuters

  • 19
  • Nov

The UN general assembly recognized Palestine in 2012 as a non-member observer state, paving the way to a wider official recognition from European states.

British MPs have started debating a symbolic motion on whether to recognize the Palestinian state.  Britain’s current policy towards the issue is that it "reserves the right to recognize a Palestinian state bilaterally at the moment of their choosing, and when it can best help bring about peace."

In his opening remarks, Labour MP Grahame Morris, who tabled the backbench Commons motion, said Palestinian statehood recognition "is not an Israeli bargaining chip, it is a Palestinian right". The Labour MP told his peers they have a "historic opportunity to take a small but symbolically important step" by voting in favour of the motion.

Morris said a vote in favour of the statehood will send a message that the UK regards both Palestinians and Israelis "as equal in dignity and in rights; not just in death, but in life too".

According to Reuters, Nov 18, 2014, the Spanish lawmakers on Tuesday urged their government, too, to recognize Palestine as a state, albeit only when the Palestinians and Israel negotiate a solution to their long-standing conflict. The symbolic motion, which echoes similar votes last month in Britain and Ireland, was backed by all the political groupings in the house after the ruling People's Party (PP) watered down the wording hours after an attack in Jerusalem.

France is eyeing its own non-binding resolution this month after Sweden's center-left government took the lead by officially recognizing the state of Palestine within days of taking office last month.

Palestine has been recognized as a state by 135 out of UN's 193 member states, most recently by Sweden, which became the first major EU member to do so.

This change of attitude towards Palestine statehood quest by European block to respect the human rights of Palestinian to exist as a sovereign state has come at the right time when Catalonia and Barotseland are soliciting for statehood recognition too. Zambia, therefore, has to live to the dictates of international law and respect the will of the people of Barotseland to self determination. Nothing will constrain the Barotse people from restoring that which rightfully belong to them. To the people of Barotseland, this is time to remain steadfast so that we can pass this stage, the statehood test!

Tukongote Litunga Ni lyetu, Barotseland ki Naha.

By Saleya Kwalombota

  • 14
  • Nov

Let no one think or even imagine that the Barotseland struggle will die a natural death or that the Barotse people will be deceived by piecemeal construction of substandard infrastructure, which is being misrepresented as development by the Zambian regime and people who don ’ t know what development is. In their wishful thinking , it is designed to blindfold people from seeing and demanding the actualization of Barotseland statehood following the Zambian government ’ s unilateral abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 (BA ’ 64) and the peoples of Barotseland acceptance thereof and subsequent declaration of self - rule . The Barotse self - government can n either be suppressed by intimidation nor threats of terminologies like "treason" , for it is an ideal whose time has come.

The Zambia n government may ignore the Barotseland issue at their own peril , because it is like ignoring a virus wasting your body, thinking that it will one day change its mind and go to sleep or retire . The issue of Barotseland statehood precedes the existence of both Zambia in 1964 and Northern Rhodesia in 1911 . If anything, it has only been gaining momentum over the recent past . The remainder of Zambia (or whatever they will call themselves) should not think that the peoples of Barotseland and the international community went to sleep over the Zambian government ’ s unilateral abrogation of the BA ’ 64, which set in motion the separation of the two territories comprised in Zambia that was only delayed by Barotseland ’ s futile attempts to restore the Agreement for the past 47 years . The process to actualize Barotseland state hood continue to unfold and soon, may be sooner than we expect, it will be realized

No one ever thought that the Great Titanic could sink, but it did. Martin Luther King Jr, conquered the Great United States of America after he was assassinated. The white colonialists thought i t was impossible for blacks in South Africa to free themselves. Nelson Mandela conquered apartheid in South Africa while in Jail . When fire started in Benghazi, Libya , might President Muammar Gaddafi thought it was a click of rats and cockroaches , not realizing that one day the rats and cockroaches would reorganize themselves and turn up into formidable militia that could eat him, until he was captured and swallowed alive. Where is Gaddafi today? The results were seen and the world has its own story , which deserves no elaboration. Barotseland shall free herself from the black oppression of W est Nyasa (remainder of Zambia or remainder of Northern Rhodesia or North Eastern Rhodesia)

Our call for self - determination is a human and democratic right enshrined in the United Nations Charter and legally binding since the contract between Zambia and Barotseland was long terminated by the Zambian regime itself . Barotseland ’ s human and democratic right s have been stifled for a long time and this is now coming to an end. W e shall exercise our God given right and will power to redeem our selves. We call on the international community to recognize Barotseland's inherent right to self - determination and self - rule , which is long over - due as Barotseland sets to re - organize its governance institutions. We warn the Zambian regime to stay clear from this process as they will be made to account for their actions before international courts .

courtesy of BNFA.INFO

  • 14
  • Nov

Equatorial Guinea have been named as the hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football has confirmed to the BBC.

Caf selected a replacement for Morocco after rejecting their request to delay the 17 January to 8 February finals.

Morocco were concerned over the spread of the outbreak of the Ebola virus.

Caf subsequently expelled Morocco from the relocated tournament, which will now be held in the country which co-hosted with Gabon in 2012.

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