Dear Zambian-Barotse people
Since there is no longer an independent newspaper in Zambia, I have to address this open letter to the Zambian Watchdog for it to stand any chance of seeing the light of day.
I have a brilliant idea. Seeing that Barotseland is now on its way to, once again, becoming a sovereign state, I wish to propose that in this interim period, the country that has erroneously been called the Republic of Zambia be now be known as Zambia-Barotseland. In the interest of space, I shall now briefly motivate this brilliant idea.
1.0 Barotseland is definitely, without any doubt, now on its way to sovereignty – for the one main reason that the Litunga has spoken: sikuñuzi. After much ado, the Litunga finally listened to his people – and, as the Italians say: Vox populi, Vox Dei – The Voice of the people is the voice of God. As an illegitimate government in Barotseland, the Zambian government is also bound to respect the will of the people of Barotseland.
2.0 The second point has to do with the sad reality that the country to be known as the Republic of Zambia actually never became a reality. We have all been living under one big illusion. The Republic of Zambia, as a unitary state that brought Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia together, never happened. For it to have happened, it would have been consummated on the principles outlined in the Barotseland Agreement 1964, as agreed to in London between the Litunga and the Northern Rhodesia Prime Minister. This never happened, so the Republic of Zambia, as contemplated in the Agreement never saw the light of day – it became still-born. What a sad and sickening illusion!
3.0 In the presence of representatives of the Zambian government, Zambia army, Zambia policy, Zambia spies, as well as representatives of some foreign missions, the Barotse National Council (BNC) made a public pronouncement of its resolutions – one of which was that the governance and administration of Barotseland (surreptitiously Zambianised under the false pretence that a Republic of Zambia, as agreed to in London, was being consummated). After 48 years, the BNC realised that the incubation had taken too long; there was not going to be a living baby to be born after such an extended period of incubations. The process is not even secession because to secede is to break away from a country of which you were part. In this case, without the incorporation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 into the Zambian constitution, Barotseland was never legally part of the Republic of Zambia which, in turn has never existed – for the same reason of not incorporating the Barotseland Agreement 1964 into its constitution.
4.0 Subsequently, on May 14, 2012, a formal letter to the Zambian government officially notifying them of the BNC resolutions was delivered, with a request to start negotiations towards the realisation of the wishes and aspirations of the people of Barotseland.
So, Barotseland as a sovereign state is no longer a matter of speculation or dark-corner small talk. It is a fact which is about to materialise. Once the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the African Union finalise their plan for mediation talks in this matter, and roll it out (and this is to happen soon), Barotse people’s nightmare of living the faked identity as Zambian will come to an overdue end. It is for this reason that since everything is now out in the open, the interim name of the entity hitherto called Zambia should now be Zambia-Barotseland. Barotseland remains the surname because the Barotseland Agreement 1964 was the parent concept for Zambia’s independence.
Prof. Sitwala Namwinji Imenda
Richards Bay, South Africa