Sweden recognises state of Palestine

Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the recognition 'confirms the Palestinians' right to self-determination' [EPA] Sweden becomes first country to recognise Palestine while being an EU member, drawing Israeli anger. Sweden has officially recognised the state of Palestine, Stockholm's foreign minister has said, less than a month after the government announced its intention to make the unprecedented move.The Palestinians cheered Thursday's move, while Israel summoned Sweden's ambassador to ...


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Barotseland’s Freedom Has Finally Arrived – Prof. Sitwala

One of the important manifestations of effective and good leadership is consistency of word and action. Assuming that the article (index.php/en/frontnews/local-news/948-bre-shun-zambia-s-jubilee-celebration-as-nkandu-luo-s-courtesy-call-turns-sour) which appeared on the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) website was an accurate account of what transpired during the visit to Siikalo Kuta by the Zambian Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Hon. Nkandu Luo, then it means we can now b...


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The Neglected Aspects of Barotseland’s Political Rights - by Saleya Kwalombota

International law did not begin with the United Nations, but the Organization has played an important role in consolidating and vastly expanding it.  International law consists of a body of treaties, customary laws, judicial decisions and other relevant sources that play a central role in promoting economic and social development, as well as international peace and security among the nations of the world.  It quickly becomes obvious that conflicts that have dominated the agenda of United Natio...


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I am Africa's first white democratic leader, says Zambian vice-president

Exclusive: Guy Scott, a white Cambridge-educated economist, tells the Telegraph he has been appointed acting president of Zambia President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are pictured with Guy Scott, Vice President of the Republic of Zambia, and his wife Dr. Charlotte Harland-Scott Photo: REX FEATURES Zambia reverted to white rule on Wednesday when a Cambridge-educated economist became acting president of the country after the death of the incumbent (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/n...


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Zambia's Sata has died - news reports

Zambian President Michael Sata has died in London, where he had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, three private Zambian media outlets said on Wednesday. Reuters reports that the private Muzi television station and the Zambia Reports and Zambian Watchdog websites said the southern African nation's cabinet was about to meet. Government officials gave no immediate comment. Michael Chilufya Sata was born in 1937 in Mpika, in the Northern Province of Zambia. He came to power ...


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Barotseland should stay away from Zambia's ongoing and imminent elections - Lubasi Lubasi

The unfolding circumstance s in Zambia should be watched keenly, not that Barotseland is in any way interested in participating in the resultant elections or in who will lead Zambia following President Sata’s death but because we are dealing with people who are bent on keeping us within Zambia at all cost. Despite having resolved to accept Zambia’s abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964, Zambians have continued to act as if all was normal by imposing their administration and even conduc...


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  • WAMU WA NAMUSUNGA 30.10.2014 11:02
    Luitumezi bo Sitwala. Lusepile mina ni bana ba malozi bote baba lata Barotseland naha ya luna. Lets continue to encourage the ...

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  • imute kalilo 30.10.2014 10:55
    If ever we reach the by-election day for zambia, that day should be a referendum day for the people of Barotseland as we will ...

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  • Kabisoi 30.10.2014 10:51
    Yes, bo Sitwala, you have really spoken as a parent and no amount of words can surpass your advice. We salute Namuso and all our ...

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  • LINEKI 30.10.2014 04:58
    Bo SITWALA it is true the KUTA is on the right path and as Barotse Nationals we Glorify the all might God. Since the 2012 BNC, this ...

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  • imute kalilo 29.10.2014 11:27
    From celebrating being liberated from whiteman rule to mourning their President and back to be ruled by a whiteman. What was the ...

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  • Malumo James 29.10.2014 10:33
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  • Kabisoi 29.10.2014 06:55
    Condolences to our neighbour Zambia. However, they must keep their politics away from Barotseland as they do their by elections.

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  • Malumo James 28.10.2014 21:45
    As people from abroad we are so thankful to the work you did, by working with the kutas to make this celebration not take place in ...

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  • nalwange nalwange 28.10.2014 14:54
    This is very good news indeed. This is what we need to hear from BRA (REMEMBER IT IS NOT BRE LIKE TO BEMBA ONE). We are not the ...

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  • Sandimbelile 28.10.2014 14:46
    If Induna Tawila Silumbu really said these words, then we are moving in the right direction. Silumbu was not a coward in the history ...

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    Bo Kwalombota This is good stuff. It leads to the unity of all Liberation groups. Most important point you made here is that ...

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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.

(Jerome Delay, File/ Associated Press ) - FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, Zambian president Michael Sata waves after taking the oath of office on the steps of the top court in Lusaka, Zambia. Sata, who completes two years in office on Friday, faces a separatist movement in western Zambia. More than 60 Zambians are charged with treason for allegedly seeking to run their own affairs in the country’s Western Province 

By Associated Press, Published: September 18

LUSAKA, Zambia — A prominent separatist group in Zambia is called Linyunga-ndambo, which means “that which shakes the neighbor” in a regional language. And the more than 60 Zambians charged with treason for trying to secede did shake things up this week when they told magistrates that they can’t be tried because they are citizens of another state.

A key figure who was not in the courtroom on Tuesday is Afumba Mombotwa, a former official at the Zambian foreign ministry who was educated in London and is now on the run. He is the founding chairman of the separatist movement in Western Province, and has declared himself administrator of the so-called Royal Barotseland government, which seeks to run its own affairs.

Britain’s colonial history in the region as well as ethnic divisions form the backdrop to a dispute that has compounded problems for President Michael Sata. He completes two years in office on Friday amid concerns about his health as well as reports of political infighting with the next presidential and legislative elections coming in 2016. The ruling Patriotic Front Party had pledged more jobs as well as a review of tax laws for Zambia’s copper mines so as to allot more money to development, but separatists in the impoverished west say the region has not received the promised benefits, and they want to chart their own way.

Many residents in the rural area rely on maize and other crops, as well as cattle-raising, for their livelihoods. There is a lack of paved roads and other basic services in the province. Some critics have accused the central government of intentionally denying funds to the politically troublesome area in past years, but central authorities have said they are committed to building more roads, clinics and schools there.

The separatists who were rounded up by police denied the charge of treason, which carries a maximum penalty of death, at the court hearing in Mongu, the capital of Western Province. They argued that it was illegal for Zambian courts to try them and said other organizations — the United Nations, for example, or the African Union — could set up a tribunal to handle their cases.

Magistrate Benson Mwanandiwa adjourned the case to Oct. 2, saying such issues should be decided by the southern African country’s High Court, which is the only tribunal that can hand down a death sentence.

Zambia has blocked local access to several separatist websites, including those of the Barotse Post, Limulunga Post and Barotseland Radio.

Western Province, a former British protectorate called Barotseland and home to the Lozi ethnic group, was united with the rest of Zambia at independence in 1964, but separatists want implementation of an old agreement that provided for self-rule. Anti-government rallies have occasionally turned violent.

Separatist leader Mombotwa, who studied sociology at the University of London and took a communications course at another school in London, worked for the Zambian government first as a cotton officer in the ministry of agriculture and then in the communications department of the foreign ministry until he retired in 2010. Mombotwa, 58, then formed Linyunga-ndambo, one of several breakaway groups in the province.

“The law will deal with him severely because he can’t declare a state within a state,” Defense Minister Geoffrey Mwamba, told national broadcaster ZNBC.

Mombotwa has said he wants a transitional government in Western Province for up to three years, followed by democratic elections that would elect a prime minister to serve in collaboration with a traditional monarch.

Some people in Western Province are concerned about the separatist push. David Kunyanda, a small retail trader in Mongu, said secession would hurt his business.

“Breaking away from Zambia will bring trade difficulties on people like me and even more misery on ordinary people, most of whom are now oppressed by poverty,” Kunyanda said.

“We need development and not secession.” - Courtesy of The Washington Post:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/separatists-in-zambia-say-they-want-out-despite-development-pledges-from-central-government/2013/09/18/613f3d28-207c-11e3-9ad0-96244100e647_story.html

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0 #1 sengalwembe 2013-09-24 11:10
swine ni mabemba ba hao muta nyela bupi ni mupweletete.Nak o ifakaufi kuli uzibe kamunu iluki.
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