The following statement, published on BarotsePost, was issued by the three youths that were freed from Jail during independence.
First and foremost we thank God for our release from prison and the protection he accorded us during the period we were in the hands of criminals, who do not respect human Rights and who also do not obey God’s Ten Commandments and yet, they call themselves a Christian Nation. We also thank our spouses, families, friends and all the liberation movements such as Linyungandambo, Barotse National Freedom Alliance, Barotse National Congress for Total Independence, Barotse Imilema, the Linyungandambo Youth League and the Barotseland government.
We, the three Barotseland Freedom fighters namely;Boris Muziba, Sikwibele Wasilota and Nayoto Mwenda
, do hereby inform the whole world that we are not and we shall never reconcile with the Zambian government due to the fact that the Zambian government has committed and still continues to commit crimes against humanity and Genocide against we the people of Royal Barotseland Kingdom, contrary to the international Statute Tribunal as well as the UN security Council Resolution Number 276. The above mentioned crimes are international crimes which can only be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), based at The Hague, Netherlands.
We, the people of Barotseland can only reconcile with the Zambian government and become good neighboring countries on the following conditions:
(1) The Zambian government must publicly apologize to the people of Barotseland and the international community over crimes against humanity and genocide which they have committed against, we, the people of Barotseland and for illegal occupation of Barotseland.
(2) The Zambian government must bring back 78.5 million pounds which they robbed from the Barotse Native Treasury in 1965.
(3) All Zambians who have committed crimes against humanity as well as Genocide against, we, the people of Barotseland must be taken to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution in this matter. Justice should not only be done, but should be seen to be done as per tenets of natural justice and the rule of law.
(4) All the Barotseland political prisoners which include His Excellency Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa who is the Head of the legitimate Royal Barotseland Government as per international law on sovereignty of state, should be released immediately and unconditionally, and last but not the least,
(5) The Zambian government must vacate Barotseland without further delay because it is occupying Barotseland illegally contrary to the UN Security council Resolution 2625.
PRECEDENCE: South West Africa (Namibia) Vs South Africa. The International Court of Justice case of 1970, the ICJ panel of judges ruled that the Pretoria administration was occupying South West Africa illegally and it further ordered South Africa to immediately remove its forces and administration from present day Namibia.
If the above conditions are followed by the Zambian government, then we will have no problem reconciling and becoming good neighbors with them. The above case is analogous to the Barotseland situation.
We are not going to take kindly any person or institution who attempts to call for the restoration of the dead Barotseland agreement 1964 which is now null and void according to the Vienna convention Articles 27, 60 and 70 respectively.
Furthermore, by law the Barotse National Council Resolutions (BNC) cannot be reversed because 28 days has elapsed without the Zambian government rebutting the BNC resolutions of 26th and 27th March 2012 as required by international law on Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
PRECEDENCE: The Serbia Vs Kosovo. The Kosovo’s declared independence unilaterally and the Serbians contested the Kosovo’s UDI within 28 days of the declaration in the International Court of Justice as required by law, but the ICJ ruled and stated that the Kosovo’s committed no crime by unilaterally declaring independence because international law allowed them to do so. This is a similar case to the Barotseland impasse. Seeking self-determination is not a crime but a right as per international covenant on civil and political Rights Article 1 and the African Charter on Human and peoples’ Rights article 20 respectively. Boris Muziba – Deputy Chairman General, Nayoto Mwenda – Secretary General, Sikwibele Wasilota-National Coordinator.