Barotseland will only engage Zambian govt on disengagement from Zambia, says Sinyinda


Barotseland National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) leader Clement Sinyinda has stated in his New Year message that it will be folly to try to engage the Zambian authorities on the Barotseland impasse at this stage.
He has further stressed that their engagement with the Zambian authorities shall only be based on the disengagement processes with the involvement of a genuine international arbiter as clearly stated in the 2012 Barotseland National Council Resolutions adding that the BNFA shall do everything possible to ensure that Barotse interests are safeguarded at each and every stage.
Below is the full statement:
2018 New Year message
By Clement Wainyae Sinyinda, BNFA Chairperson General
My fellow Barotse compatriots at home and in the Diaspora, I wish you All a prosperous and fruitful 2018. This is the year of manifestation of our aspirations.
As we deeply reflect on our achievements for 2017 and as you make your resolutions for 2018, I bring to you my special 2018 New Year greetings and message.
Country folk, I address you with a heavy heart, as I daily reflect on the suffering you continuously endure. I want you to specifically reflect on your desperate situation and compare it with the suffering our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ endured for humanity on the Cross. God wants us to experience suffering so that we appreciate love and peace when we achieve freedom and independence.
I want you to remember the injustices we have suffered at the hands of the illegal Zambian occupiers of our land. In 1965 they annulled the Witwatersrand Native Labour Association (WNLA) contract with the South African mines, which guaranteed yearly employment to 6,000 Barotse young men; and brought in an estimated 250,000 Pounds annually into the Barotse treasury. The Zambian government looted 78 million British Pounds from the Barotse treasury. In 1966 Kaunda dissolved the Church of Barotseland and created the United Church of Zambia. He dismantled the effective, efficient and democratically elected Barotse Government and replaced it with the powerless undemocratic Barotse Royal Establishment and undemocratic local government. Then they unilaterally abrogated the unity treaty the Barotseland Agreement 1964 in 1969; insulted us by renaming Barotseland as Western Province and tempering with our territorial integrity. They then started arresting, killing, torturing and maiming our compatriots for merely resisting these atrocities to this day. These tactics are meant to instil fear in us and have failed.
We know we are right, and they are wrong. We want the truth to prevail. We seek justice. We cannot forget but we can forgive. All we want is a free and independent Barotseland. Barotseland shall be independent. We urge all the people of Barotseland to support the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) in the implementation of the 2012 BNC Resolutions of 27th March 2012 and the actualisation of the independence of Barotseland.
The BNFA has made tremendous achievements since the 2012 BNC. Barotseland, through BNFA, is a member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO). We challenged the annexation of Barotseland by Zambia at the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR), an African Union human rights body. BNFA has further taken the matter to the United Nations Human Rights Council, a conflict resolutions body of the United Nations. Accordingly the BNFA successfully brought the Zambian governments human rights violations against the Barotse before the Universal Periodic Review mechanism in Geneva. Subsequently, the international community and the European Union have now taken keen interest in the human rights situation in Zambia and particularly in Barotseland. The BNFA was invited to this year’s Human Rights Day.
Compatriots, these are not mean achievements for an occupied and suppressed people. This does not mean that we should now feel comfortable at these milestones. At times like this, the instinct to do nothing and just hope for the best is quite appealing. Unfortunately, that is not the right choice. It is more important than ever before to have a clearer plan for the way ahead. We cannot just be at the mercy of the unfolding events or someone. It is now time to take charge and control of the events. That is what we as the BNFA are doing and that is what you should also do. Our destiny lies in our own hands.
Moving forward, we now need the effort and support of every Barotseland national than ever before. Our focus now is firstly to get every Barotseland national to play their part in the struggle for a free and independent Barotseland; and secondly to lobby the international community for recognition. Already, we are achieving progress in that direction but much more needs to be done.
It will be folly to try to engage the Zambian authorities at this stage. Our engagement with the Zambian authorities shall only be based on the disengagement processes with the involvement of a genuine international arbiter as clearly stated in the 2012 BNC Resolutions. The BNFA shall do everything possible to ensure that Barotse interests are safeguarded at each and every stage. Whatever path we take, is one decided by ourselves and not one decided for us.
Country folk, 2018 has a lot in store for us, it is time for us to reach out to each other and work together. Together we can achieve the unimaginable. Nothing is impossible.
God bless you all. God bless Barotseland.
Thank you.

COMMENTS

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    Brian Ghilliotti 2 weeks

    It is fortunate that this has remained a peaceful dispute, a Catalonia type of movement versus a South Sudan movement. As alwsys, a classic way to fight separatists is to use divide and conquer tactics. Fighting fire with fire. When fighting forest fires it may control spreading but destroying combustible material, but in terms of human conflict, this method usually spreads violence. If people wanted war, it would be easy to get arms from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a major transshipment zone for the arms black market in Africa. Securing that border will be key. Brian Ghilliotti

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    chitotela 2 weeks

    but all the tribes you mensioned were ruled by the litunga.So what is your problem?

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    MWANSA 2 weeks

    THE BAROTSELAND AGREEMENT 1964

    The following is the Barotseland Agreement dated 19th May 1964 and produced by HER MAJESTY’S STATIONERY OFFICE.

    THE BAROTSELAND AGREEMENT 1964
    Presented to parliament by the secretary for commonwealth relations by command of her majesty – May 1964

    LONDON
    HER MAJESTY’S STATIONERY OFFICE
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    THE BAROTSELAND AGREEMENT 1964

    Following talks in London between the British Government, the Government of Northern Rhodesia and The Litunga of Barotseland; an Agreement regarding the position of Barotseland within independent Northern Rhodesia was concluded at the commonwealth Relations office on 18 th May, 1964. It is entitled, “The Barotseland Agreement 1964”. It was signed by Dr.K.D.Kaunda, Prime Minister of Northern Rhodesia, by Sir Mwanawina Lewanika III,K.B.E Litunga of Barotseland and by the Right Honourable Duncan Sandys M.P Secretary of State for common wealth Relations and for the colonies signifying the approval of Her Majesty’s Government.

    The text of the Agreement is attached as the Appendix to this paper.
    19th May, 1964.

    This Agreement is made this eighteenth day of May, 1964 between KENNETH DAVID KAUNDA, Prime Minister of Northern Rhodesia of the one part and SIR MWANAWINA LEWANIKA THE THIRD ,K.B.E., Litunga of Barotseland, acting on behalf of himself, his heirs and successors, his council, and the chiefs and people of Barotseland of the other party is signed by the Right Honourable Duncan Sandys, M.P Her Majesty’s principal secretary of state for common wealth relations and for the colonies, to signify the approval of her majesty’s government in the united kingdom of the arrangements entered into between the parties to this agreement and recorded therein.

    Whereas it was proposed that the northern Rhodesia shall become an independent sovereign state to be known as the republic of Zambia.

    And where as it is the wish of the government of northern Rhodesia and of the Litunga of Barotseland,his council and the chiefs and people of Barotseland that northern Rhodesia should proceed to independence as one country and that all its peoples should be one nation:

    And where, as having regard to the fact that all treaties and other agreements subsisting between her majesty the queen of the United Kingdom of great Britain and northern Ireland and The Litunga of Barotseland will terminate when Northern Rhodesia becomes an independent sovereign republic and her majesty’s government in the United Kingdom will there upon cease to have any responsibility for the government of Rhodesia including Barotseland. It is the wish of the government of northern Rhodesia and of The Litunga of Barotseland to enter into arrangements concerning the position of Barotseland as part of the republic of Zambia to the place of the treaties and other agreements hitherto subsisting between Her Majesty the Queen and The Litunga of Barotseland:

    And whereas on the sixteenth day of April,1964 a provisional agreement was concluded at Lusaka with purpose and it is the desire of the government of northern Rhodesia and The Litunga, acting after consultation with his council to conclude a permanent agreement with this purpose:

    NOW THIS AGREEMENT WITNESSETH and it is hereby agreed between the said Kenneth David Kaunda, Prime Minister of Northern Rhodesia, on behalf of the government of Northern Rhodesia and the said Sir Mwanawina Lewanika the Third, K.B.E., Litunga of Barotseland on behalf of himself, his heirs and successors ,his Council and the chiefs and the people of Barotseland as follows:-

    Citation and commencement
    This agreement may be cited as the Barotseland Agreement 1964 and shall come into force on the day on which Northern Rhodesia, including Barotseland, becomes the independent sovereign Republic of Zambia.
    The Constitution of Zambia
    The constitution of the republic of Zambia shall include the provisions agreed upon for the inclusion herein at the constitutional conference held in London in May, 1964 relating to:-(a) the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of the individual;
    the judiciary; and
    the public service
    and those provisions shall have full force and effect in Barotseland.
    Administration of Justice
    Subject to the provisions of this Agreement, the people of Barotseland shall be accorded the same rights of access to the high court of the republic of Zambia as are accorded to other citizens of the Republic under the laws for the time being in force in the Republic and a judge or judges of the high court selected from among the judges who normally sit in Lusaka shall regularly proceed on circuit in Barotseland at each intervals as the due administration of justice may require.
    The people of Barotseland shall be accorded the same rights of appeal from the decisions of the courts of the Republic of Zambia as are accorded to other citizens of the Republic under the laws for the time being in force in the Republic.
    The Litunga and His Council
    The government of the republic of Zambia will accord recognition as such to the person who ois for the time The Litunga of Barotseland under the customary law of Barotseland.
    The Litunga of Barotseland, acting after consultation with his Council as constituted for the time being under the customary law of Barotseland shall be the principal local authority for the government and administration of Barotseland.
    The Litunga of Barotseland, acting after consultation with his Council, shall be authorised and empowered to make laws for Barotseland in relation to the following matters, that is to say-
    The Litungaship;
    The authority at present known as the Barotse Native Government (which shall hereafter be known as the Barotse Government);
    The authorities at present known as Barotse Native Authorities;
    The courts at present known as Barotse Native Courts;
    The status of the members of the Litunga’s Council;
    matters relating to local government;
    land;
    forests;
    traditional and customary matters relating to Barotseland alone;
    fishing;
    control of hunting;
    game preservation;
    control of bush fires;
    the institution at present known as the Barotse native treasury;
    the supply of beer;
    reservation of trees for canoes;
    local taxation and matters relating thereto; and
    Barotse local festivals.
    Land
    In relation to land in Barotseland the arrangements set out in the annex hereto shall have effect.
    In particular, the Litunga of Barotseland and his Council shall continue to have the powers hitherto enjoyed by them in respect of land matters under customary law and practice.
    The courts at present known as the Barotse Native Courts shall have original jurisdiction(to the exclusion of any other court in the republic of Zambia)in respect of matters concerning rights over or interests in land in Barotseland to the extent that those matters are governed by the customary law of Barotseland:
    Provided that nothing in this paragraph shall be construed as limiting the jurisdiction and powers of the High Court of the Republic of Zambia in relation to writs or orders of the kind at present known as prerogative of writs or orders.
    Save with the leave of the court at present known as the Saa- Sikalo Kuta, no appeal shall lie from any decision of the courts at present known as the Barotse Native Courts given in exercise of the jurisdiction referred to in paragraph (3) of this article to the High Court of the Republic of Zambia.
    Civil Servants
    All public officers of the Government the Republic of Zambia who may from time to time be situated in Barotseland shall be officers serving on permanent and pensionable terms.
    Financial Responsibility
    The Government of the Republic of Zambia shall have the same general responsibility for providing financial support for the administration and economic development of Barotseland as it has for other parts of the Republic and shall ensure that, in discharge of this responsibility, Barotseland is treated fairly and equitably in relation to other parts of the Republic.
    Implementation
    The Government of the Republic of Zambia shall take such steps as may be necessary to ensure that the laws for the time being in force in the Republic are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement.
    Interpretation
    Any question concerning the interpretation of this Agreement may be referred by the Government of the Republic of Zambia to the High Court of the Republic for consideration (in which case the opinion thereon of the Court shall be communicated to that Government and to the Litunga of Barotseland and his Council) and any such question shall be so referred if the Litunga, acting after consultation with his Council, so requests.
    Revocation
    The herein before recited Agreement of the sixteenth day of April, 1964 is hereby revoked.
    In witness whereof the parties hereto
    Have hereunto set their hands in the
    Presence of:

    K.D.KAUNDA Prime Minister of Northern Rhodesia (Signed)

    E.D. HONE Governor of Northern Rhodesia (Signed)

    (Signed) IMENDA SIBANDI Ngambela of Barotseland

    MWANAWINA LEWANIKA III Litunga of Barotseland

    Signed by the Right Honourable Duncan Sandys in the presence of :- (Signed)
    (Signed) RICHARD HORNBY DUNCAN SANDYS
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of Her Majesty’s Principal Secretary
    State for Commonwealth Relations of State for Common wealth Relations And for the Colonies And for the Colonies

    ANNEX TO THIS AGREEMENT

    The Litunga and National Council of Barotseland have always worked in close co-operation with the Central Government over land matters in the past have agreed that the Central government should use land required for public purposes, and have adopted the same procedures as apply to leases and rights of occupancy in the Reserves and Trust Land areas, where applicable. At the same time, the administration of land rights in Barotseland under customary law and practice has been under the control of the Litunga and National Council in much the same way as customary land rights are dealt with in the Reserves and Trust Land areas.
    In these circumstances it is agreed that the Litunga should continue to have the greatest measure of responsibility for administering land matters in Barotseland. It is however, necessary to examine the position of land matters in Barotseland against the background of the Northern Rhodesia Government’s overall responsibility for the territory.
    The Barotse memorandum has indicated that Barotseland should become an integral part of Northern Rhodesia. In these circumstances the Northern Rhodesia Government will assume certain responsibilities and to carry these out they will have to have certain powers. so far as land is concerned, apart from confirmation of wide powers the Litunga over customary matters ,the position is as follows:-
    The Northern Rhodesia Government does not wish to derogate from any of the powers exercised by the Litunga and Council in respect of land matters under customary law and practice.
    The Northern Rhodesia Government would like to ensure that the provision of public services and the responsibility of economic development in Barotseland are not hampered by special formalities.
    The Northern Rhodesia Government recognises and agrees that full consultation should take place with the Litunga and Council before any land in Barotseland is used for public purposes or in the general interests of economic development.
    The position regarding land in Barotseland in an independent Northern Rhodesia should ,therefore, be as follows:-
    There should be the same system for land administration for the whole of Northern Rhodesia including Barotseland, that is, the Government Lands Department should be responsible for professional advice and services with regard to land alienation in all parts of Northern Rhodesia and that the same form of document should be used for grants of land (i) for Government purposes and (ii) for non-Government and non-customary purposes. The necessary preparation of the title documents should be done by the Government Lands Department.
    The Litunga and National Council of Barotseland will be charged with the responsibility for administering Barotse customary land law within Barotseland.
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    HER MAJESTY’S STATIONERY OFFICE

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    MWANSA 2 weeks

    CAN WE FIRST ASK OUR SOLVES AS TO WHY WE CALL ZAMBIA A UNITARY STATE. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT OUR ELDERS DONT TALL US? THIS BAROTSELAND STORY WILL KEEP COMING UNTIL THE END COMES. OUR PRESIDENTS KNOW THE TRUTH ALL THEY NEED TO DO IS TALL THE ZAMBIANS THE TRUTH. AT THE UN PRESIDENT LUNGU SAID WHEN I GO BACK I WILL GO TO BAROTSELAND AND MEET THE PEOPLE SO THAT WE CAN PUT THINGS STRAIGHT.
    AT THE AU HE SAID THE SAME WORDS,BUT HE DID NOT DO AS HE PROMISED.THERE IS AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN NORTHERN RHODESIA AND BATROSELAND. ITS NOT WRONG FOR ONE TO ASK FOR WHAT BELONGS TO HIM/HER. THE BA1964 WILL HUNT ZAMBIA FOR A LONG TIME

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    MWANSA 2 weeks

    CAN WE FIRST ASK OUR SOLVES AS TO WHY WE CALL ZAMBIA A UNITARY STATE. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT OUR ELDERS DONT TALL US?

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    Christianhood messiah party 2 weeks

    The few disgruntled lozis should not cause anarchy coz history has it that when these people were running away from shaka and cleverly their chief asked for protection from the British government yet the land was not empty they were nkoyas,mbundas who were the the first occupiers of the land besides they are more lozis on Namibian side but that government has not tolerated any nonsense.

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    Faruk 3 weeks

    I think this Barotseland issue has been holding all Presidents of this great nation to ramsom for a long time. I think what the president needs to do is to call a referendum for the people in the so called Barotseland to decide whether they want to be ruled by the Litunga or not. Remember that the Barotseland covers Western Southern Copperbelt and part of North Western Provinces.So Lozis Nkoyas Mbundas Tongas Lambas Kaondes Chokwes Luvales and many other tribes in these areas should vote in the referendum. This will close this Chapter once and for all.

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      abilima 2 weeks

      But it is only the Lozis (the smallest group) championing this never-ending drama. So, what would be the use of a Referendum?

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    jojo 3 weeks

    disengagement my foot…