In the case of Northern Rhodesia and Barotseland, no union was established, except for the inheritance of power and obligations of the queen by Mr. Kaunda in 1964. Surely there is no united, "Baro-zam" as a country; so there was an elliptical formation of the Zambian state parallel to none. REALITY It is quite evident that Barotseland has never been formally annexed to any territory to date; and it has never been an enclave. The legality of annexation of Barotseland to Zambia could only ...
"Owing to the fact that the Barotseland case is not a dispute, a controversy or a conflict but a question of deprivation of the Barotse people's right to self rule as provided by the Barotseland agreement 1964 . Certainly, the plight of our nation is real and not imaginary and the renaming of our territory to Western province by our oppressors - Zambia is a sad story to tell. Nonetheless we do not intend to sit back and watch."  - Linyungandambo presentation at 2012 BNC How can one ...
Dear Editor, Please allow me space to react to the insults hauled upon the Barotse people by Zambia's minister Michael Kaingu during his recent visit to Barotseland where he called the people of Barotseland ungrateful when even dogs show gratitude to their masters for the scraps of food they receive by wagging their tails. First and foremost,the people of Barotseland are not boot-lickers like the Hon Minister,it is a known fact Mr. Kaingu puts his foot in his mouth every time he speaks and ...
We have said from time to time that no Zambian politician will solve the Barotseland impasse, as they are all one and the same over this matter. No matter what they promise to Barotseland, their ideology is, and will always be that Barotseland never existed or it has no right to exist as a separate state. Their wish is that if this ideology is perpetuated long enough, somehow future generations will never know or believe in the truth that Barotseland existed as a state and nation before ...
Zambia’s VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina is expected in Mongu tomorrow for a three-day visit to Barotseland during which she will meet the Litunga (King) before addressing public meetings in the provincial capital, in Senanga and in Nalolo. This will be her first official visit to the region since President Lungu appointed her as Zambia’s first female Vice-President last January. According to the programme issued by Zambia’s Western Province administration, obtained and reported by ...
WHAT IS TRUTH? In John 18:37-38 of the Christian Holy scripture we find the following; "37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered; Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. “38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no ...
Induna Kalonga, who is a former acting Ngambela of Barotseland, Mr. Siisi Godfrey Lifuna has died. Mr. Siisi died on Thursday night of 9th April, 2015 at around 22:00 hrs from undisclosed cause.

(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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swine ni mabemba ba hao muta nyela bupi ni mupweletete.Nak o ifakaufi kuli uzibe kamunu iluki.
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