Following the Respondent State (Zambia) submissions requesting the African Commission on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR) to throw out Barotseland’s submissions in the Communication ACHPR/COMM/429/12/ZAM 'THE NGAMBELA OF BAROTSELAND AND OTHERS V. ZAMBIA', the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) have, through the office of the Ngambela, successfully submitted additional observations and comments on Zambia’s evasive response. The additional comments and observations, which have since been ...
Reports by social media network BBN of Mongu, Barotseland, reported yesterday that Zambia police forces have arrested a yet to be named man. The latest victim is a Linyungandambo member and Barotseland independence activist who stay in Mungu who the Zambia police believe to have ‘seditious material’ linked to the Barotseland independence advocate Linyungandambo. According to police sources, documents in question say that BAROTSELAND IS A STATE. After arresting and interrogating the suspect, ...
By now we are confident that the relevant legal authorities have attended to and submitted their legal observations on Zambia’s submission to the African Commission of Human and Peoples Rights (ACHRP) the case; THE NGAMBELA OF BAROTSELAND & OTHERS VS THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA However, here below, is my understanding, OBSERVATIONS AND MATERIAL IN ANSWER TO SUBMISSIONS OF REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA ON ADMISSIBILITY 1. The initial complaint that the Communication presented to the Commission does not ...
Mongu’s Oblate Radio Liseli celebrated its 10th anniversary over the weekend (12th June 2015) at a colorful ceremony that brought together several stakeholders including MISA Zambia Chairperson Hellen Mwale and national director, Austin Kayanda. Also present to witness the commemoration were notable dignitaries such as the Litunga of Barosteland, the Bishop of Mongu His Lordship Bishop Evans Chinyama Chinyemba and the Western Province Permanent Secretary Mr. Mwangala Liomba. Addressing the ...
More questions have arisen on why we do not just CLAIM the current entity called ‘Western Province’ of Zambia. “Surely it would be easier to claim that (western province) and maybe the Zambian government would more easily release it to you, SELFISH Lozis, rather than this greedy demand for BUTOKA and BULOVALE,” argued someone, followed by the usual unprintables we are now so accustomed to receiving. POINTS OF NOTE. Barotseland is NOT breaking away from Zambia. It is merely REVERTING to her ...
To declare independence of any territory, it must be expressly determined the extent of the territory under CLAIM, without any ambiguity. Thus; the interim Barotseland government’s letter of legal suits to the Zambian government quoted the 2012 Barotseland Emancipation Act and Restoration Order 2012, part 1 article 1.2 which states the following on the boundaries of Barotseland currently under CLAIM: "The National territory of the Kingdom of Barotseland in the meantime shall consist of the ...
A Barotse National Council (BNC) is the climax of a national decision making process in Barotse governance whose decisions reign supreme, and will remain binding on all institutions and peoples of Barotseland. It has no meeting schedule but only called upon when a critical national decision must be made by the entire Barotse nation, similar to a national referendum. It is the most representative, most inclusive and most decisive. It involves every tribe, chief, man and woman at village, ...

(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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