The attempt by President Lungu and the Litunga Lubosi Imwiko ii to withdraw the petition against Zambia at the Banjul based African Commission of Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) has been thrown out.
A well placed source in the matter said the application was rejected because the Litunga was not party to the litigation as the case was submitted under the name of ‘The Ngambela of Barotseland and others V the Government of the Republic of Zambia.’
The source further said the Litunga’s application to withdraw the case under the backing of the Zambian government lacked input of his council and the people of Barotseland.
The Zambian government is at a loss as they have already paid out millions of Kwacha’s to the Litunga and a section of compromised BRE Indunas to withdraw the case.
The Litunga has since gone back to Limulunga palace in Mongu and President Lungu has provided him heavy security as he anticipates an attempt to dethrone him for violating Barotseland’s tradition and procedures.
The BRE Spokesperson Induna Katema had earlier in the week confirmed that they had written the African Commission of Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) to withdraw the case.
The petition by the Ngambela and others before the Commission argued ‘that subsequent to the unilateral repudiation of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964, Barotseland has reverted to its original position before entry into force of the Agreement as breach of such a fundamental term released the parties from any obligations whatsoever under the Agreement and are entitled to revert to their original positions.’
The Commission has already made a decision on the case but will only release the outcome after getting authority from the Heads of State.