The pronouncement by President Edgar Lungu that only him and the Litunga should be the only ones to discuss the Barotse Agreement 1964 is wrong, ill-advised and totally misguided, says the FDD.
FDD spokesperson Antonion Mwanza contends that the Barotseland Agreement is a national issue and not a private matter between Lungu the Litunga therefore it cannot be treated as a preserve of Mr Lungu.
‘You cannot resolve such an emotive and thorny issue by holding dark corner meetings at State House. There is need for the Government to engage in an open, honest and informative process of dialogue with all stakeholders if we are to resolve this impasse in a conclusive and amicable manner,’ Mwanza said.
‘We implore President Lungu to make public, the findings of the Roger Chongwe Commission which was tasked to inquire on the Barotseland Agreement’, Mwanza said.
He said that it was ‘imperative for all of us to know the actual submissions the people of Barotseland made so that we may all appreciate their thinking and concerns on this matter.
‘Keeping the Report away from the public is counterproductive as it only hightens tension and fuel speculation..
Mwanza further urged the PF Government to publish and circulate the Barotseland Agreement so that people can peruse and appreciate what this document actually entails. ‘At the moment, there is alot of misinformation and ignorance with regards to the actual content of the BA64. You cannot resolve such national issues on the premise of ignorance and secrecy,’ Mwanza said.