Lungu orders public media to publish Barotseland Agreement

Outgoing President Edgar Lungu has directed the public print media to publish the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 that was entered into by Northern Rhodesia and Barotseland to form the unitary state of Zambia.
And Lungu has charged that people who are championing calls for a free Barotseland are in for a rude shock.
Lungu said during his press briefing at State House on Friday that when he read through the Agreement he ‘discovered’ that it did not talk about secession.
‘When I read the document I found that there was no secession but dialogue and so we have agreed to talk with the Litunga,’ Lungu claimed.
Lungu however admitted that Zambia was a unitary state based on the agreement that was signed in 1964 between Barotseland and Northern Rhodesia.
And Lungu has charged that people who are championing calls for a free Barotseland are in for a rude shock.
‘Those who thought they could dismember this country into fragments are in for a rude shock,’ Lungu said.
Lungu wants to throw the document to Zambians without interpretation while indirectly directing the public to look for a separation clause in a unity treaty.
The document has no separation clause in it just like a marriage certificate has no divorce clause.
Former President Michael Sata (late) had also directed for publication of the document in the public media.
It is not clear if Lungu will allow debate after publishing the document especially that he recently said only him and the Litunga can talk about the issue.
Lungu’s statement however left the Litunga under intense pressure from his Indunas and people in Mongu and other districts.

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