My first priority will be the Barotseland agreement of 1964 if I become president of Zambia, Kabwata MP Given Lubinda has told confidants.
Lubinda was speaking in relation to revelations by the Watchdog that president Michael Sata’s wife Christine Kaseba is backing him to succeed Sata.
When the article was published, some prominent people from Western province asked Lubinda to clear the air and state whether his allegiance is to Zambia or Barotseland (Western province).
Lubinda is said to be one of the prominent people from Western province, who are secretly financing and supporting the on-going moves by certain groups to secede from Zambia. Lubinda and other prominent Lozis whose names we shall withhold for now meet regularly in Lusaka at night to strategize and mobilise funds for the cause of Barotseland.
According to one of the people Lubinda spoke to after his arrangement with Sata’s wife was exposed, Lubinda assured his colleagues in the Barotse struggle that he is committed to the cause.
Lubinda is said to have explained that if he became president of Zambia, he will start by honouring the Barotseland agreement of 1964, which to some people means Western Province becoming a separate country from Zambia or at least Western province becoming a semi-autonomous state like Zanzibar in Tanzania.
Lubinda urged his colleagues to be strategic in their thinking and use every opportunity any of them is given while working in Zambia.
He said it would be a blessing to Barotseland if he became president, as that will make the struggle for self-rule easier.
The Watchdog is challenging Mr Lubinda to deny the revelations above and state publicly state his position on the Barotseland question.
Commenting on Lubinda’s plans, one person close to Lubinda said the Kabwata MP is actually capable of such betrayal.
‘Most people fail to see Lubinda for what he really is. He gives a picture of being a good, soft guy but inside he is a snake capable of biting when you least expect it,’ said a person very close to Lubinda.
The friend to Lubinda explained that Lubinda’s political career has been based on treachery and betrayal.
‘You will remember that Lubinda was discovered and made into ‘something’ by the UPND who made him MP for Kabwata under the guidance of Mazoka. But the moment Mazoka died, Lubinda betrayed the Mazoka family and friends.
‘He formed a party with Sakwiba Sikota and Inonge Wina called ULP,’ the source explained.
‘But it was not long before Lubinda betrayed Saki and went to Sata’s PF. Now, you will remember that just a few months after they formed government, the PF side-lined Lubinda after accusing him of treachery,’ Lubinda’s friend said.
‘You are the journalists, go and find out what Lubinda did for the PF to say he is treacherous; you will be shocked. To me, am not surprised at all that he plans to use Sata’s wife to become president then divide Zambia into two countries,’ the source said.
Lubinda is further accused of abandoning people who helped him campaign in 2011. When he was appointed minister, Lubinda stopped answering phone calls from people who were in his campaign team. But when he was fired, he started sending them text messages.
One of the key figures pushing for secession is professor Sitwala Namwinji
Imenda. He is currently a departmental executive Dean at Zululand University in South Africa. http://oldsite.unizulu.ac.za/edu_dean.php
Professor Imenda told the Watchdog yesterday, (Thursday June 19, 2014) that he has dedicated his remaining life to making sure that Barotseland becomes independent of Zambia.
He said: ‘…there is no doubt in my mind that Barotseland will sooner rather than later be free. Riding on the high moral ground of being able to point out the political fraud that the Zambian government has committed against the people of Barotseland gives me the gratification that my life has a greater purpose. At this time in my life, that is mainly what I am left to live for.’
‘What Zambian politicians do not seem to get is that Barotseland is no longer part of Zambia – nor is she interested in Zambian politics, let alone political campaigns. It is common cause that Barotseland, through the Barotse National Council (BNC), has already found “a lasting solution to the Barotseland question” when it put Barotseland on a trajectory towards complete independence as a Sovereign State.
‘There is no other “lasting solution” that is needed. What is left is only to work out the transition towards the realisation of these ends – including civilised discussions about sharing of assets. As the Draft “Barotseland Economic Policy Framework and Strategy (2015-2018)” states in its Introduction:
“Barotseland is an old nation under occupation by a new state called Zambia (former Northern Rhodesia) and currently seeking recognition and support from the international community as Africa’s newest 55th state. On March 27, 2012, Barotseland declared its independence from Zambia, following its acceptance of Zambia’s unilateral abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964(BA’64) in 1969 …”