Lungu challenged to publish 2012 Barotseland National Council resolutions and Chongwe Commission report

The Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) has appealed to outgoing President Edgar Lungu to order and finance the publication of the March 2012 Barotseland National Council (BNC) resolutions in the same way he recently ordered the publication of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
And the BNFA has further urged President Lungu to order the publication of the Roger Chongwe led Commission of Inquiry on the 2011 disturbances in Mongu that left several people dead and missing.
BNFA Treasurer General and First Trusty William Harrington said in a statement that mere publication of the 1964 Barotseland Agreement will not achieve anything.
‘We are of the considered view that the mere publication of the Barotseland Agreement even a thousand times will not achieve anything at all, it is an academic exercise and an exercise in futility as experience has shown,’ Harrington said.
He remembered that soon after assuming the Presidency, late President Michael Sata ordered the publication of the Barotseland Agreement and nothing has changed but instead the quest for Barotseland statehood has grown even stronger in recent times.
Harrington said President Lungu should release the two documents to the public so that the Zambian citizenry can be enabled to better understand the current and long-standing impasse over Barotseland.
He disclosed that one print media organisations has quoted the BNFA the sum of K35, 000 for publication of the Barotseland National Council Resolutions for 3 days.
And the BNFA has further urged President Lungu to order the publication of the Roger Chongwe led Commission of Inquiry on the 2011 disturbances in Mongu that left several people dead and missing.
Harrington bemoaned that the government has failed, ignored or refused to publish the report in the public interest despite Vice President Inonge Wina having given an assurance in Parliament last year that the report would be made public.
He charged that the K5 million (K5 billion old currency) that was confirmed by the Vice President to have been spent on the Commission of Inquiry was a huge amount to allow the Commissions’ work to be a mere academic exercise.
President Lungu recently ordered the publication of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 in the media and hinted to the public to look for a separation clause in the Agreement but the BNFA responded by writing a letter to President Lungu challenging him to also show them a clause in the Agreement that allowed the Zambian government to abrogate or terminate the Agreement.

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