Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) leader Charles Milupi says it will be necessary for Western Province to separate from Zambia if the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 is not restored.
Speaking in a phone interview with the Watchdog, Milupi said President Sata should honor his campaign promise to the people of Western Province of restoring the Barotseland Agreement without hesitation.
Milupi said both Sata and Mongu central Member of parliament Nathanial Mubukwanu won the September 20th polls in the area because he (Sata) promise that he would restore the agreement.
“It will be necessary if people don’t recognize the agreement, he promised the people of Mongu on several occasions at Blue Gums grounds, he told them that the document was still valid and that he would restore it without hesitation,” Milupi said.
Milupi said those that do not want the agreement to be restored are simply encouraging the separation of the Province from the rest of Zambia.
And commenting on President Sata’s meeting with 12 Barotseland activists at State house last week, Milupi said Sata should endeavor to involve the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) when discussing the agreement.
He said any discussions regarding the Barotseland Agreement are meaningless without the involvement of the BRE because the Litunga was the one who signed the agreement on behalf of the people of Western Province.
Milupi further said that it was wrong for Sata to comment adversely on the office of the Litunga while calling for dialogue.
He added that it unnecessary for President Sata to have commented on the uniform of the Litunga and giving away of land to the Tongas saying that was a historical fact and that Sata was merely injecting pain to the people of Barotseland.