The History Behind the Scottish Independence Vote

George Clark/iStockphotos.com The long-awaited referendum on independence for Scotland is finally happening this week (Thursday 18th September, 2014), as Scots vote yes or no to the question of whether they want their nation to become independent from the United Kingdom. If a majority votes yes, Scotland will end its 307-year-old union with England and Wales and become an independent nation with some 5.3 million people. Ahead of the referendum, we take a look back at some of the key moments i...


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Barotseland Is Our Country (Litunga Ni Lyetu) and Can Not Be Robbed Of Her Sovereignty - By Saleya Kwalombota

It was within a year of taking office as president of the newly-independent Zambia on 24 October 1964, Kenneth Kaunda began to introduce various acts that abrogated most of the powers allotted to Barotseland under the BA’64 that was not even enacted. Notably, the Local Government Act of 1965 abolished the traditional institutions that had governed Barotseland and brought the kingdom under the administration of a uniform local government system. Then in 1969 the Zambian Parliament passed the Co...


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We are On-Course says Afumba Mombotwa in latest Interview on the Current State of Barotseland

7th September 2014 Interview with Rt. Hon. Afumba Mombotwa on Current State of Barotseland Kingdom – by Sibeta Mundia Sibeta: Your Excellency, it’s a rare privilege to catch up with you and solicit your answers to some pertinent questions of interest to the nation and people of Barotseland. Hon. Afumba: The honor is mine, Sibeta. And I would like, through you, to convey not only my gratitude but also my warm greetings to the resilient and great people of Barotseland home and abroad. Sibeta:...


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Is African Stand By Force (ASF) The Answer To The African Conflicts? - Saleya Kwalombota

Abbreviations and Acronyms ASF: African Stand by Force AU: African Union ACDS: African Chiefs of Defense and Security MSC: Military Staff Committee SOPs: Standard Operating Procedures PSC: Peace and Security CouncilBA'64: Barotseland Agreement 1964 The analysis of the emergence of the ASF is important as it is the only standby force in the world. Given the fact that African conflicts are mainly caused by Africans themselves, ASF brings a new perspective to conflict prevention and conflict re...


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Senanga Main Market Reduced to Ashes

A fire broke out last week on Wednesday the 3rd of September and burned down a large part of Senanga Main Market. The fire is reported to have started from the Section where second hand clothes are sold commonly known as ‘Ma Stand’ and spread to the permanent shops section. Eye witness reports indicated that the fire started around 11:00hrs in the morning and was only put off at around 13:30Hrs. It is estimated that goods worth thousands of Kwacha have been lost in the process. The fire is be...


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What Is The Benefit Of Barotseland Independence? - by Saleya Kwalombota

The issue is not whether Barotseland is wealthy enough to be independent but as a result of broken marriage with Zambia and have realized our alienation right to self-determination - caused by the abrogation of union treaty BA’64 by Zambia - constituents of the fundamental rights under UN charter of world peace and cooperation. How will Barotseland become independent? Barotseland will become independent if the people of Barotseland remain steadfast, united and align themselves with the indep...


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    Thank you for another informative website. The place else may just I get that type of information written in such an ideal method?

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Every Mondays and Fridays at 17:00hrs to 17:15hrs, let’s commit Barotseland in prayer. The Lozis in the Army and police working with our foes, you can say your prayers silently in your hearts. God has already answered our prayer so we need to thank him as much as we can.

By attempting or probably succeeding to bribe the Barotse Royal Establishment for it to reverse the 27th March 2012 Barotse National Council Resolutions, the Patriotic Front led Government is fighting a losing war that its leaders will live to regret.

The Zambian Government needs to understand that all that took place on 26th and 27th March 2012 in Barotseland was legal under international law. The resolutions arrived upon by the majority of  those present cannot be reversed at any time by any individual or clique of people. Not even a deed of fake development would pursued our people to go back into servitude.

Resolutions' Implications

Before the March 2012 Barotse National Council conference, the Barotse Royal Establishment wielded some kind of monopoly on the Barotseland issue. The passing of the resolutions was, in a greater sense, the passing of the button to any Barotse individual, activist group or Barotse masses to legally pursue the issue even to going as far as the International Court of Justice. Although we still need to work with BRE on this issue, the Barotse masses now also have legitimate authority to pursue and achieve independence since it is them who decided to go that way. Their decision was fully blessed by Barotseland's traditional leaders. We, therefore, cannot imagine a situation where the Barotse masses would turn around and surrender that responsibility.

Apart from persecuting Barotse activists and attempting to divide us the Zambian Government has failed to sensibly challenge our reasons for the stand we have taken with regard to our disengagement with Zambia. No acts of intimidation or any kind of subtle coercion will make us change our minds.

Further more, the BRE, under the Ngambela Clement Sinyinda, had sent a delegation to the Southern Africa Development Community Secretariat in Botswana some five months ago where the position of Barotseland was tabled. The United Nations as well as the British Government were, through their representatives in Zambia, notified of Barotseland's decision for independence. Credible investors are also now showing interest in doing business with Barotseland. On the other hand, much more has been done both within and outside Barotseland such that it would be fool hardy to even imagine any effect of a doctored reversal of the March 2012 BNC Resolutions. In the light of the foregoing, only those, within BRE, who would openly want to manifest themselves as hypocrites and sell outs would even entertain an idea of going against the people's decision for independence.The issue of the restoration of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 is long exhausted and cannot be revived in any realistic manner (unless in mandwani) because it was rendered irrelevant on 27th March 2012. There just cannot be any sensible basis upon which the defunct treaty, which was not even allowed to operate, could be revived. There is absolutely nothing to refer to apart from the fact that Barotseland had never agreed to be ruled by her child State Zambia.

Innocent Blood

It has to be remembered that 19 innocent Barotse souls were unlawfully killed by the State and no one has been held responsible for their deaths. We have those whose whereabouts remain unknown to this day and scores who were maimed for life and never compensated. Adding on to this is the yet unpublished findings of the Chongwe Commission of Inquiry into the Barotseland shootings.

If indeed the Barotse Royal Establishment has been bribed to betray the people they are purported to lead, then we may only conclude that it is for the purpose of covering up the 14 January 2011 cold blooded murders which they are alleged to have also encouraged. That innocent blood was not spilled in vain. No self serving individuals would ever manage to make us change our brave match towards freedom. Everything has been hurled at us both by the enemy and our own people but we keep matching on. It is the time that demands that we plod on. This is the moment for our freedom.

Conclusion

We already have found some friendly nations who support our position and the Zambian Government will do well not to waste its tax payers'  money to unwisely fund a lost cause. Barotseland has made her position known and bribing the BRE will not even be in the interest of peace loving and long suffering Zambian people.

Shuwanga Shuwanga - Barotse Freedom Movement

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+4 #1 Maano 2012-12-26 10:01
My heart bleeds at the possibility of Zambia exporting bribery and corruption to Barotseland !
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-4 #2 litoya litoya 2012-12-26 10:44
ALL ACTIVISTS PLEASE TAKE THESE THIEVES TO INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE OR LOOK FOR GUNS AND START SHOOTING SATA,KAUNDA,SIK OTA,KAMBWILI, ETC ACT NOW
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