Veteran politician Sikota Wina has dismissed the circulating flyers in Western province that he attended a meeting on 17th February, 2014 at a secret location, at which he was paid and tasked to tour the province to negatively persuade people on their demand for self rule.
According to a story in the Post newspaper, Wina the younger brother to PF chairperson and gender minister Inonge Wina’s late husband Arthur Wina, he attended a meeting which was also attended by the Litunga, former President Kenneth Kaunda, former Induna Ingangwana (Nyambe Mwenda), Attorney general Mumba Malila with ailing dictator Michael Sata, whose reign has seen deaths and imprisonment of many Barotse activists in spite of him promising to honor the Barotse Agreement of 1964 when voted into office.
“I have been shocked by the circulars flying around the country that I attended a meeting on 17th of February, 2014 at a secret location together with the Litunga of Barotseland …that we have been paid to do this work. I want to state categorically that I have never attended the said meeting, that is if it ever took place and that I find these allegations of my involvement in the Barotseland repugnant and allegations that I have been paid to promote this matter ridiculous,” he said.
The issue of the Barotseland has since been taken before the African Commission of Human Rights and a 258 page document has been released regarding the matter but Wina denied this knowledge and advised that the issue will not be resolved by bringing his name into disrepute because the matter was bigger than any other individual today.