Nkoyas reject Barotse secession, say Lozis are a selfish minority

Nkoyas reject Barotse secession, say Lozis are a selfish minority

Edwin Nkhomensha

The Nkoya Royal Council in Kaoma district of Western Province has distanced itself from the agitation of the Lozi speaking people to secede from Zambia.

This came to light at the Nkoya Royal Council indaba held at the Kazanga cultural grounds at Mangongi in Kaoma today.

ZANIS reports that Council chairman, Edwin Nkomesha said the arrogant and misplaced demands of Barotse National Council (BNC) to secede from the sovereign Republic of Zambia were unfounded as all the Nkoya chiefs were not consulted.

Mr. Nkomesha said the Nkoya speaking people who are administratively part of the province cannot stand by the fence in the face of what he termed unilateral, selfish and provocative demands of the minority Lozi people in the province.

He said that the Nkoyas from Kaoma, Lukulu, Kabompo, and other ethnic groupings in the province were not part and parcel of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 as no chief appended his or her signature during the agreement despite Nkoyas being the major stakeholders in Barotseland.

Mr. Nkomesha said all the vestiges of the Barotseland rule in the territories of the Nkoya speaking people should  leave the land solely for the Nkoyas and other ethnic groupings in the provinces.

Other associations such as the Likumbi Lya Mize of the Luvale speaking people, Chibweka of the Luchazi people and Cheke Cha Mbunda and writers’ Association for the Mbundas in Kaoma District have also distanced themselves from the resolutions of the BNC that were made on 26th and 27th March this year in Limulunga Royal village in Mongu

And gazetted and ungazetted chiefs drawn from different parts occupied by the Nkoyas have unanimously resolved that if the Zambian government allows the Lozis to secede then an 11th province be created for them (Nkoyas)

The Nkoya indaba was attended by chiefs Kabulwebulwe of Mumbwa, Momba of Kazungula, Kangombe of Kabompo.

Other chiefs from Lukulu district included Mwene Nyati, Fututu, and Njungu while in kaoma were chiefs Kahare of Njonjolo and Mutondo of Lukena respectively.

This story was written by ZANIS, a PF government news agency

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