Barotseland prime minister Clement Wainyeyi Sinyinda Friday dismissed and ignored an order by the Zambia police in Mongu for him to appear before them.
Meanwhile, the three church mother bodies have said that calling Lozi anarchist, and secessionists bent on committing treason will not help.
People close to the Ngambela have told the Watchdog that the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has advised the Prime minister to stay home as police ‘from neighboring Zambia’ have no jurisdiction in Barotseland.
The Prime minister who was briefly detained by police on Thursday has been at his home in Limulunga (King’s capital) where he has been holding meetings with his people most of the day.
The police in Mongu on Thursday ordered Sinyinda to appear before them Friday morning. They had ordered him to take with him resolutions of the Barotse National Council. But the BRE said there was no need for the prime minister to give the Zambia police copies of the resolutions saying the police themselves were at the meeting and that they can download a copy from the Internet.
In Lusaka, the three church mother bodies have called for dialogue in resolving the issues surrounding the Barotseland
Agreement of 1964.
Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC), Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) and The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) says government should
engage the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) in serious and sincere dialogue.
Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) Executive Director Pukuta Mwanza who read a statement at a media briefing in Lusaka today on
behalf of other church mother bodies said a manifest concerted engagement with the BRE should be considered as a priority governance
Rev. Mwanza urged government to create conditions that pursue meaningful reconciliations among the people of Western Province
He observed that with political will a lasting win-win solution will be found.
Rev. Mwanza said the church mother bodies’ stands ready to facilitate a high level meeting on the matter adding that there is need to
include people like the First Republican President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda who are knowledgeable of the agreement.
“We therefore remain committed as church leaders to facilitate a high level meeting on this matter. We have always risen to occasion at
critical periods in the history of the country such as constitutional impasse which eventually led to multi-party democracy in 1991.”
“There is no political issue that is too big that it cannot be resolved through dialogue. We believe that there is still sufficient
goodwill and commitment from all stakeholders to resolve the
Barotseland agreement once and for all” he said.
Rev. Mwanza further called on government to release to public domain reports of the Roger Chongwe Commission of inquiry which he said will
act as a springboard upon which to launch dialogue.
He has meanwhile called for level headiness and for stakeholders to stop issuing statements that could cause tension.
Rev. Mwanza said labelling sections of Western Province as anarchist, and secessionists bent on committing treason will not help.
“We recognize the duty of government to maintain law and order and to protect life and property. This duty should however be exercise with
due diligence. Good judgment of what state action and statement can result into is extremely necessary” he said.
Rev. Mwanza has also appealed to activist groups in Western Province that are pushing for the restoration of the Barotseland Agreement to
also consider giving dialogue a chance.
He explained that there is more to gain in Zambia remaining as a unitary state than in its fragmentation.