Nkoyas want UK to fund referendum on Barotseland agreement

The Nkoya Royal Establishment has urged government to ask the British government to fund a referendum that will help resolve the Barotse agreement issue of Western Province.

Nkoya Royal Establishment chairperson Edwin Nkhomesha said the British government was ruling at the time the agreement was signed.

Mr. Nkhomesha said first republican President Kenneth Kaunda was not under obligation to resolve the issues because he was not ruling when the agreement was made.

He was speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka today.

Mr. Nkhomesha has since called on President Michael Sata to squash off the Barotse agreement with the powers vested in him so that the country can instead concentrate on developmental issues.

Mr. Nkhomesha, who strongly disassociated the Nkoya Royal Establishment from individuals attempting to form a state within a state in Western province, described the move as barbaric.

At the same press briefing, Kazanga Cultural Association chairperson Lytone Kaushiku refuted information being posted on the internet that the Nkoya people had joined forces with some individuals to form a cabinet in Western province.

Mr. Kaushiku has since appealed to ‘Channel O’ Africa to stop inviting people who are bent on demonizing the Nkoya people but instead get facts from the establishment.

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