The Barotse Royal Establishment says it is shocked and dismayed by lies published by the Post newspaper suggesting the Litunga (lozi King) does not support secession.
A statement signed for and on behalf of the Barotse Royal Establishment by Induna Inete said the Litunga fully supports the resolutions to secede.
It read in part:
‘The meeting was addressed by the Kuta and not The Litunga. And what is more is that the reporter a Mr. Habalu was not present at the meeting. The BRE wishes to challenge Mr. Habalu to name his source or face whatever action the Kuta shall take in defense of the institution of the Litungaship.
His majesty The Litunga never uttered such words’ None of the Catholic Priests can attest to such blatant lies. The Litunga merely attended the meeting to receive the briefing of the Kuta on the deliberations with the clergy. He did not
make a statement on secession whatsoever.
The Litunga does not make any personal statements or take a personal position on the National issues affecting Barotseland. This is the
function of the Baroste National Council (BNC) and the Kuta.
The Barotse National Council was summoned by The Litunga and his Kuta and it took months of preparations. The Resolutions of the BNC were presented to The Litunga through the Privy Council of allthe senior Chiefs in Western Province, which in turn approved the Resolutions.
* The allegations that are being made against The Litung5 that he did not approve of these Resolutions are totally false and malicious.
The whole of The BRE system are fully aware that The Litunga fully approved these Resolutions and directed the Kuta to implement them.The BRE urges the people of Barotseland to ignore these malicious lies and rally behind the BRE and His Majesty The Litunga.’
See the full statement BRE STATEMENT 24 NOVEMBER 2012 (1)