The African Union has established a Prima facie case against the government of Zambia on the question of the Barotseland agreement of 1964.
The African Union has therefore requested the leaders of Barotseland to submit more evidence on the abrogation of the agreement, looting of the Barotse treasury and other atrocities committed by the Zambian government within the next two months. See the full letter here: ACHPR_Letter_of_1st_March_2013(1)
The African union requested Barotseland to do so through its agency the Commission on Human and Peoples Rights simply referred to as the African Commission.
The African Commission wrote to the office of the Ngambela on March 1, 2013 to submit evidence. But the letter from the AU was hidden by indunas sponsored by the PF and therefore opposing their people’s wishes.
Induna Inete has been singled out as the one who was hiding the letter from the People, the Litunga and the Prime Minister.
Prime minister Clement Sinyinda who petitioned the African Union has since been side-lined and removed from the equation as PF money treks into the pockets of indunas at the once revered Limulunga palace.
On 17 December 2012, the former prime minister of Barotseland Clement Sinyinda petitioned the Africa Commission. He complained that in October 1965, the Zambian government unilaterally took away the powers, rights and privileges of the Litunga, the King of Barotseland.
Prime minister Sinyinda futher complained that in August 1969, former president Keneth Kaunda unilaterally announced that Barotseland would hence forth be called Western Province in a speech he called ‘I wish to tell the nation.’
Ngambela Sinyinda complained that the Zambian government took away the residue powers of the Litunga and abrogated the agreement of 1964 by enacting the Zambian Constitution Amendment Act number 33 of 1969.
He further complained that any attempts by the people of Barotseland to resist were met by brutal force and mass arrests.
The letter of complaint was endorsed and supported by all heads of kutas in Barotseland including groups such as MOREBA,BFM,LINYUNGANDAMBO, BNYL-Barotse National youth league and others.
In response, the African Commission held an Extra-ordinary Session at its offices in Banjul Gambia from 19 to 25 February 2013.
On march 1, 2013, the African Commission chairperson Catherine Dupe Atoki wrote to both the Zambian government and the Litunga of Barotseland.
It would seem that it was after receiving this communication from the African Union that president Michael Sata realised that the freedom fighters meant business and he Sata upped his game and managed to bribe the Litunga and some Indunas.
The Litunga and most of his indunas are swimming in bloody money and are now PF cadres while their people continue to toil in poverty and segregation from Sata’s family tree.
See the full letter from the African here ACHPR_Letter_of_1st_March_2013(1)