NGO pops up, says 70% Zambian against Barotseland agreement, Zambians happy with constitution process

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:

Name Position
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

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