Latest reports have confirmed and insisted that the looming activist protests against the Litunga over some allegedly compromised Indunas are indeed planned and financed by occupying forces to get to the Litunga who they have now allegedly realized to be working with his people to actualize Barotseland independence. “We wish to confirm that the Barotseland National Information Center has received intelligence reports from reliable sources that, the government of Zambia has released funding of ...
“The people should not be deceived, Barotseland has a transitional government already in place and people should not be misled by acolytes and political hangers in the name of 'alliance'. Barotseland is not in a state of political turmoil to have an alliance, the true alliance PIZO (BNC) already gave a policy direction of putting in place a government that has to take over running of Barotseland as a constitutional Monarchy. It is the same self- exhorted politicians at the political root ...
Matters of Self Determination and wishes of the people should be of urgent considerations. The monarchy should show policy direction in matters of such nature of inalienable rights, no neutrality or cowardice should be exhibited. It's good to point out the weaknesses than shielding them; this will help in bringing sanity in the struggle. It is in the public domain that the people, the BRE and LITUNGA, all opted for independent Barotseland as per 2012 BNC resolutions and to work toward ...
As the ‘wind of change’ was blowing across Africa, frantic efforts were being made to hammer out an agreement that would bring independence to Northern Rhodesia to ensure that Barotseland does not remain dependent on the British Crown in accordance with the treaties between the British Crown on one hand and the Barotse Monarch y on the other . Late on 18th May, 1964, ‘The Barotseland Agreement 1964’ was signed. The opening paragraph of the preamble of The Barotseland Agreement 1964 stated, ...
Unity in diversity does not mean uniformity, but rather that there is unity of purpose. More than ever before Barotseland now needs her people to be one, especially with the legal processes we have embarked upon against Zambia. We need the activists in their two broad categories of Linyungandambo and BNFA to work with the BRE Kuta, and the Kuta itself to be one with the masses. We may have past and present differences but, like Dr. Matengu Situmbeko has said in his latest statement, the route ...
A Zambian Non Governmental Organisation championing the enactment of a new constitution, Grand Coalition for A people - Driven Constitution for Zambia, has said that the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 should be subjected to a national referendum. Grand Coalition Chairperson Father Leonard Chiti told a media briefing Friday morning in Lusaka that the Zambian government has not mentioned the contentious issues that will be taken to parliament. Father Chiti, however, said his organisation would ...
POSITION STATEMENT BY LINYUNGANDAMBO ON THE CALL TO DISMISS THE ENTIRE BRE KUTA. The recent happenings at the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) Kuta cannot go without comment. However, what has emerged out of these recent agitations to have the entire Kuta dismissed, although camouflaged as an attempt to purge the BRE system of some ‘corrupt’ indunas, is in reality an attempt by some desperate individuals who wish to impose on the kuta individuals who will implement their proposed structures ...

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 #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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+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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