12 July 2012
PRESIDENT SATA’S ASSERTIONS THAT THE LITUNGA HAS NO POWERS WORTH LEGISLATING AGAINST
President Sata’s comment to the effect that the Litunga of Barotseland has no powers which would warrant curtailment by enactment of legislation as alleged by Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) President Charles Milupi, though coated in unpalatable language, is a factual revelation that underlines the relevance of the current standoff between the people of Barotseland and the Government of the Republic of Zambia. It is a historic fact that the Litunga had powers which were annulled by the Local Government Act No. 69 of 1965 and the Constitution (Amendment)(No.5) Act of 1969.
It is also a fact that the residual powers that the Litunga currently possesses are not a product of legislation but rather a consequence of the resilience and cohesion of the people of Barotseland in constantly choosing to resist government encroachment on the authority of Barotse institutions of governance. This resistance manifests itself in the people’s refusal to observe and/or obey some of the repugnant legislation that the government has enacted over the years with the sole aim of relegating Barotseland to the status of an ordinary province of Zambia. To a large extent, this exercise of illegitimate authority by the Government of Zambia within Barotseland is responsible for the constraints relating to the economic development of the area. It is purely on this account that large sections of the people of Barotseland have determined that a separate state of Barotseland is the sure solution to their political and economic development. Needless to mention is the fact that the restoration of Barotseland encompasses restoration of the Litunga’s role and powers in the governance of the State.
MOREBA takes note of President Sata’s distasteful character exhibited in his regular uncouth and provocative utterances against the Litunga in particular and the people of Barotseland in general but would like to urge all concerned to focus on programmes recently embarked on for the emancipation of Barotseland and its people. In this respect, we are not oblivious to the fact that President Sata is nothing more than a passing phase of our history.
Mutungulu Wanga Mungandi Mungandi
Chairperson Secretary - MOREBA