Update on the 3 Defiant Barotseland Activists Trial, as supporters express discontent on the handling of Case by Zambia

Boris Muziba, Nayoto Mwenda and Sikwibele Wasilota (Barotseland Kingdom) Vs. Zambian Government The case involving the three Barotseland nationals illegally detained at Kaoma Prison by the Zambian Government namely Boris Muziba, Nayoto Mwenda and Sikwibele Wasilota, the Barotseland National Youth League executive members which was slated for the 8th of April, 2014 was adjourned to the 9th of April, 2014 due to the non-availability of the Magistrate handling the case. The trio is charged for h...


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Barotseland Kingdom Country Profile 2014 – Republished with Updates

1.0 Introduction Royal Barotseland Kingdom is a constitutional democratic monarchy found in the Southern Austral Africa bordering with Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. Barotseland Kingdom was a British Protectorate since 1905 until 1964 when it suffered subjugation at the hands of Zambia without any legal basis; in 2012 at a Barotse National Council, Barotseland declared itself independent from Zambia and since then, Barotseland regained her sovereignty as an independent kingdo...


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Zambia continues to come under fire for suppressing critical media, for blocking three websites; Barotsepost/Radio Barotseland, ZambianWatchdog and Zambia Reports, among other Media Offences

The Committee to Protect Journalists has published in its final report on media freedom violations around the world, in which they condemned the Michael Chilufya Sata led Zambian government as thus; Promises of a freer media environment by the Patriotic Front, which won election in 2011 after a campaign that pledged greater broadcast media freedom and a law promoting access to information, had yet to be fulfilled by late 2013. Journalists operated cautiously lest they fell afoul of thin-skinn...


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OH YE BAROTZISH - TUKONGOTE ANA KALUYA NGOMBE, A POEM

There is no argument. There is no dispute. There is no quarreling. There is no conflict There is no misunderstanding. Only frank talk between Barotseland and Zambia is needed. There is no circumlocution. The Agreement was terminated, rescinded or revoked... Hence, there is nothing in common between Barotseland and Zambia apart from Black skin. The white skin of Germans does not make them French who have also white skin. Naha kiyaluna, Toho yanahakiMulena. Lu limamwaBuloziLu yambanikuyalelalita...


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What Is The Purpose Of Belonging To A Country Where One Derives No Benefit?

Having terminated the BA64 by the government of Zambia, the people of Barotseland had no option but had to invoke the provisions of the Vienna convention (in 2012 at the Barotseland National Congress) on the law of treaties which inter alia, state as follows; Article  60 Termination or suspension of the operation of a treaty as a consequence of its breach:a.       A material breach of a bilateral treaty by one of the parties entitles the other to invoke the breach as a ground for terminating t...


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The level of ignorance among Zambians regarding the legality of Barotseland’s self rule is shocking.

Dear Editor, It is surprising that even at a point in time when Barotseland’s independence declaration has drawn attention of the international community and media; it is still not covered by Zambian media houses. No wonder Zambians fail to grasp the basis of our stand and that the term ‘secession’ is a misnomer when applied to Barotseland and Zambia.The aim of explaining the Barotseland issue over and over is a starting point in undoing the ignorance engulfing the Zambian citizenry due to Za...


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Hon Sinyinda meets Apostolic Nuncio and warns about a possible genocide of the people of Barotseland by the Zambian government

In his continued diplomatic efforts to galvanize international support for Barotseland’s statehood, Barotse National Freedom Alliance(BNFA) leader, Hon. Clement Wainyae Sinyinda, met the Pope’s representative to Zambia–Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Julio Murat, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The meeting took place in Mongu during Apostolic Nuncio’s  visit to Barotseland.In his remarks, Hon.Sinyinda paid tribute to the Roman Catholic Church in general,and in particular to Pope Francis, to the late B...


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(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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