Former Freedom fighter Sikota Wina says the Barotseland Agreement was not intended to create another state separate from Zambia.
Wina and his wife Princess Nakatindi told journalists on Friday that the issue surrounding the Barotseland agreement threatened national security and progress if left to drag on.
Wina also said the people of Western Province were too intelligent to be hoodwinked by some political mercenaries who were talking about the agreement.
Wina said the sharing of the national cake always created big divisions even in developed countries. “It will be utter madness to think that if we break up this Republic into tribal components we can turn those into states,” Wina said.
He said the sharing of the national cake always created big divisions even in developed countries.
“Barotseland province though hit by lack of investment such as mines and other mass employment projects can still recognise that it receives a fair share of the national cake as recently demonstrated by President Rupiah Banda’s commissioning of the multi-billion dollar Mongu-Kalabo road and the Senanga-Sesheke road,” said Wina.
And Princess Nakatindi said Zambians should not be cheated by those fighting for the rights of the Barotseland through newspapers because their utterances were half-truths.
“My appeal to Zambians is to reject tribalism,” said Princess Nakatindi.
Wina said the Barotseland Agreement recognised the fact that Barotseland was an integral part of the Republic of Zambia and did not agitate for the creation of another State.
He said there was no mention of secession or provision for a separate development in the agreement as it was being championed.
“I am among those privileged to have studied the agreement and it clearly states that it was not intended to create another State in Zambia,” Mr Wina, who was flanked by his wife Princess Nakatindi Wina, said.
He said the people of Zambia should take serious interest and study the Barotseland Agreement fully, adding that people who wanted to promote it were doing so with a lot of ignorance on it.
“I, therefore, found it necessary to call this Press conference to clear one or two matters of national importance which, if left unchecked, may threaten the security and progress of the nation.
“Now it can be noted that in the entire document, there is the continuous reference to Barotseland as an integral part of the Republic of Zambia,” he said.
Mr Wina advised people of Western Province and Zambians at large not to be misled by people he described as ‘‘political mercenaries’’ who promised that they would review the Barotseland Agreement if voted into power.
He said such politicians did not understand how the Barosteland Agreement arose and only wanted to solicit for votes from people of that province ahead of 2011 elections.
And Wina said there was no doubt that PF leader Michael Sata appointed his sister-in-law, Ms Wina as PF national chairperson to ride on the popularity of the Wina name in Western Province.
He said that should not hoodwink the Lozi people because they knew Ms Wina well that when she was Nalolo member of Parliament (MP), she used the names of Inonge Mutukwa Wina.
“So, as the eldest living son of the late Ngambela Wina (former prime minister of Barotseland), I will not allow my father’s name to be abused politically and for dubious purposes, it will be utter madness to think that if we break up this Republic into tribal components we can turn those into nation States,” he said.
As a veteran politician and one of the founding fathers of the nation, he appealed to the people of Zambia to reject the return to tribalism and appealed for the richness of culture in tribe to be preserved and shared.