An organisation calling itself Afrobarometer and collaborating with a local organisation called Ruralnet has released a report in which it says Zambians are against the Barotseland agreement of 1964.
The Afrobarometer (AB) says it is a comparative series of public opinion surveys that measure public attitudes toward democracy, governance, the economy, leadership, identity, and other related issues. It is an independent, non-partisan, African-based network of researchers.
The first round of surveys took place in 1999-2001 in 12 countries, including Zambia. The Network has just concluded “Round 5” surveys in 35 countries in Africa.
In Zambia, Afrobarometer’s work is coordinated by RuralNet Associates Ltd, a private development consultancy firm.
The same grouping says Zambians are satisfied with the current constitutional making process. This is surprisng because in its own report, it says only 31 per cent respondents said they are satisfied. But their headline says ‘Zambians fairly satisfied with constitutional making process as can be seen below.
On the Barotseland agreement, the grouping circulated the following:
The majority of Zambians (71%) are against the 1964 Barotseland agreement (Figure 1). A small percentage of Zambians (6%) do not know anything about the 1964 Barotseland Agreement. The majority of those who were in support of the agreement are from the Western Province.
National Opinion on Barotseland Agreement
There was some difference, though not much, between the opinions of people living in rural areas and those in urban areas, as shown by the graph below. The percentage of urban dwellers who disagreed was slightly higher (76%) than for rural dwellers (69%). The percentage of rural dwellers who expressed ignorance about the issue (9% was higher than for urban dwellers (3%). This is probably due the fact that people in urban areas are more likely to be literate and have better access to information than those in rural areas.
Zambians Fairly Satisfied with the Current Constitutional Making Process
Only 44% of Zambians are satisfied with the current constitutional making process, while 25% do not know much about the process to give an opinion. Just about a third (31%) says they are satisfied with the process.
Across the rural-urban divide, more people in urban areas (49%) than in rural areas (40%) expressed satisfaction with the current constitution making process. The number of those who said they did not know anything about the constitution was high for both urban and rural dwellers – 21% and 24%, respectively, though as can be seen from Figure 2, ignorance about the issue was more rife in rural than in urban areas.
With regard to public consultations, a similar percentage (44) says that public consultations have not been enough. In contrast, 31% think that the consultations are enough, while the rest (25%) do not know much to say anything about the process.
The statements circulated to bears no names of authors but the Watchdog has found that the job was done by the individuals named below who run Ruralnet:
|Stephen Tembo||Chief Executive Officer|
|Doris K Musonda||Team Leader – Agriculture and Food Security|
|Jacob Sikazwe CHISHA||Team Leader – Community Driven Development|
|Elizabeth A Tarney||Team Leader – Vulnerability Analysis and Social Protection|
|Charles M. Phiri||Team Leader – Environment Management and Climate Change|
|Fison Mujenja||Team Leader – Monitoring and Evaluation|
|John Kunda||Consultant – Vulnerability Analysis and Social Protection|
|Nixon Chisonga||Consultant – Monitoring and Evaluation|
|Peter B. Mutale||Consultant – Community Driven Development|
|Emmanuel Chama Chunda||Consultant – Environment Management and Climate Change|
|Njekwa Mukamba||Consultant – Agriculture and Food Security|
|Janet Tembo||Research Assistant|
|Mofya Phiri||IT Specialist|