Lungu to ‘restore’ Barotseland Agreement and release Chongwe report implicating Rupiah Banda

Outgoing President and dictator Edgar Lungu has met a delegation handpicked by the Litunga to discuss the process towards the restoration of the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
Lungu has also ‘promised’ to release the Roger Chongwe Commission of Inquiry report on the 2011 Mongu killings that were carried out on President Rupiah Banda’s orders.
The delegation handpicked by the Litunga has sidelined all the senior activists while Lungu and his team already have what will be ‘agreed’ according to what Lungu has agreed with the compromised Litunga.
Litunga Lubosi Imwiko wants to get rid of the constitutional monarch system of governance in Barotseland and replace it with an absolute monarchy where he will be running the show with Lungu.
President Lungu says the 1964 Barotseland Agreement must be considered in the light of the current constitution and circumstances that have prevailed over time.
It is however doubtful because Lungu’s PF threw out the provisions in the draft constitution that provided for provincial assemblies which could have accommodated the Katengo (Barotseland parliament) which was abolished by Kaunda’s government.
President Lungu said he does not want to make unrealistic pronouncements for political expedience and take advantage of the current on-going campaigns.
Lungu however said he wants the process to take its full course after next month’s elections.
And the Barotse Royal Establishment (handpicked delegation) has tendered an implementation plan for ‘consideration’ by the government.
The two parties agreed that the negotiations on the Barotse Agreement must take place in ‘good faith’ away from politics so that the process is not marred by the political tensions of the current election campaigns.
Lungu has also ‘promised’ to release the Roger Chongwe Commission of Inquiry report on the 2011 Mongu killings that were carried out on President Rupiah Banda’s orders.
Over 19 people died after President Banda disregarded advice from a combined team of security wings that told him to allow the people of Barotseland to hold their meeting on 11th January 2011 as they posed no security threat.
The 9-member ‘BRE’ delegation that met Lungu at State House today (Saturday) was led by the acting Ngambela Induna Mukulwakashiko.
Lungu has so far failed to release Afumba Mombotwa who is serving a 10 year jail sentence with two others over the same Barotseland Agreement that he is claiming to restore.
The President was accompanied by Minister of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula, Minister of Home Affairs Davis Mwila, Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Joseph Katema, Minister of Local Government and Housing Stephen Kampyongo and Western Province Minister.
This is according to a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda.

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