Outgoing British High Commissioner to Zambia James Thornton says an independent Barotseland woould not be economically viable. But the United Kingdom representative in Zambia said that it is unfortunate that Kenneth Kaunda abrogated the Barotseland Agreement.
And Thornton said he is glad that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has been walking around Lusaka to meet people.
Thornton was speaking on Joy FM Radio Thursday morning. He said the British government is following issues surrounding the problems in Barotseland closely and urged Zambians to find out why some people in Barotseland feel they are not Zambians.
He said it was regrettable that former President Kenneth Kaunda abrogated the Barotseland Agreement in the 1960s but suggested that Zambia’s borders should remain intact.
He said the Barotseland issue should be resolved between Zambia and Barotseland in a way that respects the dignity of all parties involved.
Thornton said he did not feel an independent Barotseland will be a good idea economically.
He however noted that the Barotseland issue was a very difficult matter and urged Zambians to do a lot of work in Western Province for the people there to have a greater identity as Zambians.
And High Commissioner Thornton said he is glad that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has been walking around Lusaka to meet people.
Commenting on the public order Act, Thornton said it was up to the Zambian people to hold their government accountable through all democratic means at their disposal.
He said he fully supports rights of all Zambians to assemble peacefully adding that e was glad that Hakainde Hichilema has been doing walk arounds compounds to meet people.