Barotse agreement not our baby- National Constitution convention

The motion in which delegates at the on-going National Constitution convention were supposed to vote in order to decide whether to amend the preamble of the First Draft Constitution by including a paragraph that recognizes the Barotse Agreement of 1964 has been withdrawn.

The decision to withdraw the motion is meant to allow the executive of the republic of Zambia and the Barotse people through their representative resolve the matter amicably outside the constitution convention.

Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Amusa Mwanamwambwa, moved the motion to withdraw the Barotse Agreement from decided through ballots.

Mr Mwanamwambwa, who is representing the office of the Former Speaker at the convention, noted that the Barotse Agreement of 1964 was a sensitive matter that required the two parties – Government and the Barotse people – to dialogue and resolve the matter and not the convention.

In a solemn voice and while all the voting facilities were readily placed in front, the former speaker of the National Assembly appealed to the house to allow two parties to resolve the matter but with speed.

The former speakers’ proposal was seconded by a delegate, Sunday Chanda, who also noted that the former speaker had acted with wisdom to propose the withdrawal of the motion for the sake of the country’s unity.

After the motion was seconded, the chairperson of the convention, Muyunda Mwanalushi, called for an acclamation vote to see if delegates were in support of the proposal and the whole house unanimously accepted.

Earlier on Sunday, when the motion of the Barotse Agreement came up for debate in the House, Former Vice President, Godfrey Miyanda, appealed to the convention to allow the matter be resolved by the two parties away from the convention but his appeal was rejected.

After the Barotse Agreement motion was withdrawn, bright faces were seen in the House as some people did not know what was going to come out of the election which made the usually noisy House of Delegates from across the country solemn.

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