Zambia’s outgoing president Edgar Lungu has picked a quarrel with Morocco and possibly Mauritania and Algeria for recognizing a disputed territory – Western Sahara.
The Watchdog is reliably informed that there is serious diplomatic tension between Zambia and Morocco after Lungu was seeing posing for photos with the Western Sahara representatives.
Western Sahara also known as Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is a disputed territory on the northwest coast of Africa bordered by Morocco, Mauritania, and Algeria.
Morocco considers Western Sahara as one of its provinces, just the way Zambia considers Bartoseland as its Western province.
What Lungu has done is the same as other countries recognizing Barotseland as an independent country.
When he met Brahim Salem Buseif of the disputed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, president Lungu said Zambia has always supported the Saharawi people’s indisputable right to self-determination and independence. He said Zambia support the principles of self-determination and the inviolability of frontiers inherited from colonial powers.
These are the same argument Barotseland is putting forward but Lungu is willing to sympathise with Western Sahara but put in prison people of Barotseland who seek the same self-determination.
For his part, the Western Sahara envoy said,
“It is a great honor for me to be appointed to represent the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic before the Government of the Republic of Zambia.”
“I would like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude for the unwavering support and solidarity that Zambia provides to our just struggle for self-determination and independence.”