Date for second Barotseland National Council set as Ngambela appeals to UN

Date for second Barotseland National Council set as Ngambela appeals to UN

The Barotse Royal Establishment has set 27-28th June 2012 as the dates for the second Barotse National Council, the Watchdog has been told.

The meeting will be held in Limulunga, the residence of the Litunga.

Information available show that all districts courts (likuta) have received the notice and the BRE has informed the delegates to arrive on 26th June, 2012.

The second meeting is a follow-up to the Barotse National Council held  26th to 27th March, 2012.

During the first Council, the people of Barotseland declared that Barotseland was now free to pursue its own self-determination and destiny.

It was further resolved that ‘the people of Barotseland shall exercise their right to revert Barotseland to its original status as a sovereign nation, so that the people of Barotseland shall determine their political, cultural, social and economic development.’

Next week’s meeting will therefore look at progress made from the time the decision to secede was made.

And, according to Zambia Reports website, Barotseland Prime Minister Wainyae Sinyinda has urged the United Nations to step into the issue of the 1964 agreement and help resolve the Barotseland secession matter peacefully.

The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has released a statement highlighting issues discussed in a meeting held at the Litunga’s Palace on Tuesday between UN Country representative Kanni Wignaraja and high ranking members of the royal establishment.

The statement indicated the BRE’s appeal to the UN to take the issue of Barotseland seriously.

“Induna Inete asked the visitor to take seriously the request by Ngambela for the UN Organisations in the country to urgently address and attend to the Barotseland issue. Induna Mukulwakashiko noted that there has not been any significant development in Barotseland in the 48 years that it has been part of Zambia. He said joining the union of Zambia was the biggest mistake that Barotseland ever made. And, now it was time for Barotse people to implement their March 2012 BNC Resolutions,” read the statement, which was signed by Mwangelwa.

“He told Wignaraja that the Barotse issue was not a domestic one, and solicited the UN to be proactive, taking measures that would avert any violent situation,” the BRE stated. “The Ngambela clarified that what the people of Barotseland were claiming is the land within the current boundaries, encompassing the seven districts of Mongu, Senanga, Sesheke, Kaoma, Lukulu, Shangombo and Kalabo and not the entire Barotse Empire that includes part of North Western Province and Copperbelt.

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