Government threatens Barotseland on new declarationn

GOVERNMENT has warned that it will not tolerate those trying to fan anarchy in the country.
Reacting to a group of people from Western Province who are planning to come up with what they are calling the Limulunga Declaration following the refusal by the Registrar of Societies to register the Movement for the Restoration of Barotseland Agreement (MOREBA), chief Government spokesperson Ronnie Shikapwasha said the Government would not tolerate those trying to cause anarchy in the country.
President for the Barotse Patriotic Front Mutangelwa Imasiku confirmed in an interview yesterday that consultations were currently going on and the group of people from Western Province would soon announce the Limulunga Declaration.
Mr Imasiku, who was among a group that met at Lusaka’s Chrismar Hotel on Sunday evening where the issue was discussed, said there would soon be a Press briefing to announce the declaration.
But Lieutenant General Shikapwasha said the Government’s doors were open to all forms of dialogue and warned that those trying to cause anarchy in the country would not be tolerated.
“I mean even in a marriage, a couple will always seek dialogue to resolve a conflict. As Government our doors are open to any form of dialogue and I should warn here that we will not tolerate those trying to cause anarchy in Zambia,” he said.
Gen Shikapwasha said those advocating for movements aimed at disturbing the peace the country had enjoyed for the past 46 years were just doing so for political mileage.
He said Zambians wanted peace which President Rupiah Banda had always advocated, and those trying to involve themselves in issues aimed at unsettling the country should not be tolerated.
“Even that same Mr Imasiku, where has he been all along for him to just spring up now and start talking about those issues? The bottom line is that those involved are just trying to gain political mileage out of the whole issue,” Gen Shikapwasha said.
Mr Imasiku said his group had decided to come up with the Limulunga Declaration because the Government had not recognised the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
Mr Imasiku, who likened the Government’s refusal to register MOREBA to a marriage where a husband would refuse to keep a marriage certificate in the house but at the same time continue calling a woman his wife, alleged that the Government had breached the agreement.
“The Barotseland Agreement was like a marriage certificate between Government and the people of Barotseland and for the Government to say no to it now entails that the two parties should get back to where they were,” he said.
Last month, the Registrar of Societies rejected an application for the registration of MOREBA. The movement had on the eve of the 2010 independence celebrations called for the restoration of the 1964 Barotseland Agreement and said there was no need for the people of Western Province to celebrate Zambia’s independence.
The call for the restoration of the Barotseland Agreement led to disturbances in Mongu where police dispersed a crowd that had gathered to discuss the Barotseland Agreement.
Several senior citizens from Western Province, among them veteran politician Sikota Wina and other eminent Zambians like Andrew Kashita, have since spoken against the restoration of the agreement.

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