The Privy Council that was summoned by the Litunga at Limulunga royal village in Mongu on Tuesday failed to conclude its deliberations on Wednesday afternoon as scheduled following a ‘deadlock’ on the issue of Barotseland statehood.
Sources in Limulunga have indicated that close to 90 percent of the chiefs in attendance resolved that the 2012 Barotse National Council (BNC) resolutions to break away from Zambia (revert Barotseland to its pre-1964 status) be respected and implemented while the Litunga, the Ngambela Mukela Manyando and a few Indunas insisted that Barotseland should go for restoration of the defunct 1964 Agreement as opposed to total independence that was resolved during the BNC meeting in 2012.
The deadlock forced the meeting to be extended to Friday 29th November 2019. The Ngambela’s Kuta proposed to have a committee drawn from districts to form a team that should re-write the 2012 BNC independence resolutions and tailor them to suite what the Zambian government wants to hear and implement.
This position was however not taken kindly by the majority of chiefs in attendance as they wondered why the Ngambela’s Kuta was attempting to rewrite what was voted by the BNC in 2012.
Resolutions that are voted by the Barotse national Council (BNC) can only be reversed or amended by another BNC meeting.