President Edgar Lungu and two former Presidents, Kenneth Kaunda and Rupiah Banda recently sneaked into Mongu under cover of darkness in an attempt to convince the Litunga to drop the push for Barotseland independence in
exchange for restoration of the 1964 Barotseland Agreement.
The three flew into Kaoma at night where they changed the mode of transport to avoid detection and proceeded to Mongu where they held a meeting with the Litunga which lasted over two hours.
The main purpose of the meeting was to try to convince the Litunga to drop the independence demands for Barotseland and agree to restoration of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 which would give Barotseland semi-autonomy
within Zambia as enshrined in the agreement.
President Lungu and his two other counterparts proposed that former President Kenneth Kaunda would publicly apologise to the people of Barotseland for abrogating the agreement and pave way for its restoration and consequently halt the legal process before international bodies that is likely to result in Barotseland reverting to its pre- 1964 status.
It appears the meeting did not yield what the Zambian leaders wanted because the Litunga has no powers to reverse resolutions of the Barotse National Council (BNC).
Sources close to Limulunga have disclosed that after President Lungu’s night visit to Mongu, a privy council was called where the members rejected the proposal from Lusaka as the people had already spoken through the 2012
BNC meeting which voted to accept Zambia’s abrogation of the 1964 treaty.
President Lungu is relying on former President Kaunda who abrogated the agreement and is now trying to save himself from the mess he caused the country while President Rupiah Banda presided over the killing of several people on 11th January 2011 in Mongu though the official record indicates that only two people died.